McConnell says Midterms will be very good for Republicans

( While visiting the St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Life Learning center in northern Kentucky this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted that the 2022 Midterms will be a “very good election” for Republicans and implied that the party is well-positioned to retake both chambers of Congress.

The only reason Democrats hold the majority in the Senate is thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris who can cast the tie-breaking vote in the 50-50 split chamber. McConnell said he knows what a real minority looks like, and that ain’t it.

When Obama became President, Republicans held only 40 seats in the Senate. With a 50-50 tie, flipping the Senate is a strong possibility.

Though, on paper, Democrats appear to have the advantage. Only 14 Democrat Senators are up for reelection in 2022 whereas 20 Republicans face reelection. In addition to that, with Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) retiring, Republicans will face the challenge of maintaining those open seats.

But McConnell remains confident in large part because of last Tuesday’s election results. With polling showing a vast majority of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, McConnell believes Republicans are in a good place heading into 2022. On top of that, even though New Jersey’s Democrat incumbent governor won his race last week, his victory was a slim one in a state Joe Biden won by sixteen points. Likewise, McConnell said Glenn Youngkin’s victory over Terry McAuliffe in a state Biden won by ten points shows that Biden’s low approval numbers are creating a political headwind for the Democrats.

And with Joe Biden’s approval numbers continuing to fall while consumer prices and inflation continue to rise, 2022 is shaping up to be the perfect storm.

Over on the House side, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy shares McConnell’s confidence going forward. After Tuesday’s elections, McCarthy said Republicans are targeting seventy Democrat seats in the upcoming midterms. He told reporters that he believes House Republicans could pick up as many as sixty seats next November.

With the Democrats holding the slimmest majority in generations, Republicans won’t need to flip many to retake the House.