No One Is Afraid of a Government Shutdown

Nathan L. Gonzales December 8, 2017 · 12:47 PM EST

Call me crazy, but I'm not sure we won't see a government shutdodwn, even though Congress managed to pass a stopgap spending bill to fund the government through Dec. 22. Why? Because no one in Washington is particularly afraid of a government shutdown.

Democrats aren’t afraid of a government shutdown because Republicans are in control of the legislative and executive branches, and they believe the GOP will get blamed for the impasse.

President Donald Trump is not only unafraid of a shutdown but he appears to believe it could help galvanize core supporters who might have previously been upset with his outreach to Democrats, according to The Washington Post.

Even Republicans aren’t afraid of a shutdown because they have selective memories about the last one. For many GOP lawmakers on the Hill, the 2013 shutdown wasn’t problematic because the party subsequently expanded its House majority by 13 seats and took over the Senate majority by gaining 9 seats in the 2014 midterms.

What those Republicans fail to remember was that shortly after that shutdown came the HealthCare.gov rollout, which was unequivocally a debacle and shifted attention from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republicans on the Hill back to President Barack Obama, the Democratic White House, and a polarizing piece…

Ratings Update: Tennessee Senate Remains Solid R for Now

December 7, 2017 · 1:14 PM EST

Democrats made a big splash this week with the entry of former Gov. Phil Bredesen into the Tennessee Senate race, but the party still has an uphill battle in a state President Donald Trump won convincingly, and it’s not even clear Bredesen gives Democrats the best chance of winning.

On the…

Ratings Change: Franken’s Minnesota Seat Starts as Likely for Democrats

December 7, 2017 · 12:30 PM EST

Sen. Al Franken’s resignation puts another Democratic seat into the 2018 mix, but it’s still unclear whether his departure provides Republicans with a legitimate takeover opportunity.

In order to handicap a race, it’s helpful to know where the contest will take place and who is running. In this…

2018 Senate Ratings (December 8, 2017)

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Missouri Senate: Claire’s Courtship of Trump Voters

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Leah Askarinam December 1, 2017 · 2:30 PM EST

If Democrats want to have any shot at winning a Senate majority in 2018, Sen. Claire McCaskill likely needs to win re-election—a tall task, given that Missouri voted for President Donald Trump by nearly 20 points. 

McCaskill is one of 10 Democratic senators running for re-election in states that…