Apparently, Mitch McConnell sees the writing on the wall.
McConnell said Thursday that GOP prospects for keeping control of the Senate after the November elections are “very dicey,” sounding an alarm amid mounting Republican concerns about presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Speaking to a Louisville-area civic group in his home state of Kentucky, McConnell said Senate Republicans were going to be “on defense” in this year’s election, regardless of who led the ticket as the party’s presidential candidate.
Twenty-four GOP-held seats are on the ballot this year, compared with 10 for Democrats, he noted. McConnell was promoted to majority leader two years ago when a Republican surge wrested Senate control from Democrats.
McConnell did not mention Trump as being a drag on Republican down-ballot races, but he spoke against his campaign tactics. McConnell said he hopes Trump “settles down and follows the script.” When asked about Trump’s comments labeling President Barack Obama as the “founder” of the Islamic State group, McConnell replied: “I’m hoping that we can make this election about Hillary Clinton. I think if we do, we can win.”
With the election less than three months away, McConnell said Republicans are in “a dogfight,” and listed GOP-held seats in New Hampshire, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida and Indiana as “very competitive.”
“I may or may not be calling the shots next year,” McConnell said.
From his mouth to God’s ears.