Many have said that the upcoming presidential election will likely be one of the most controversial to ever happen within our borders. And so far, I have very little doubt that this is true. One tell-tale sign of this is that people are switching parties left and right; well, that’s not entirely true because mostly we are just seeing them from the left to the right…
Undoubtedly, you heard of Democrat and Georgia House Representative Vernon Jones’ dismissal of his long-held party members, citing that while he wasn’t really leaving the party yet, he certainly wouldn’t be voting for them. Others have since then followed suit, abandoning the loyalties and bonds they once felt for the Democratic and moving on to a party that actually cares for them and this nation.
The latest to do isn’t really a surprise, nor is it, again, a complete change in party, but it certainly doesn’t bode well for the idea that the left will soon be in control of our government.
On Wednesday, former US Senator and Democratic vice-presidential candidate of 2000, Joe Lieberman, announced his endorsement for Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. In addition, he appeared in a campaign ad for the moderate politician, as she prepares for what may be the most challenging race of her political career.
Lieberman said in the ad, “I am a lifelong Democrat but I put my country first, always. That’s why I’m supporting Susan Collins for Senate.”
If only all politicians thought about country instead of party first… but I digress.
Now, as I said before, Lieberman’s endorsement of a Republican, in and of itself, is not all that surprising. After all, when he left the Senate to retire, he had already technically left the Democratic Party and turned Independent. However, it could be said that he chose to do that because he lost a Democratic primary in his home state of Connecticut and so decided to run as an Independent.
Then again, during Lieberman’s last few years of being a member of Congress, he endorsed several Republican candidates, such as Senator John McCain when he ran for president in 2008, as well as Susan Collins in that same year.
But Lieberman’s endorsement this year likely has more to do with keeping the status quo in the Senate rather than just saying he likes how Collins does business.
As you well know, the Senate is currently led by the Republicans, as they hold a 53-47 majority of the Democrats. All it would take is the loss of three right-leaning seats, and the Democrats would be able to assume control, especially if Biden wins, giving Kamala Harris, as VP the tie-breaking vote.
And political analysts say that there are as many as seven seats “in play,” or possible to flip this year. Collins’s seat is one of those.
While Collins has had great success in her previous campaigns, even winning her first term as a mere political consultant and getting only a few thousand votes short of then-President Bill Clinton’s total in 1996, current polling suggests her support is severely lacking compared to previous years.
Since her appointment to Congress in ’96, Collins’s support in Maine has steadily risen, despite the state leaning more and more to the left. In 2014, when she ran for her fourth term, she garnered 68.5% to her opponent’s 31.5%.
And yet, somehow, the most recent poll to come from the state suggests that Collins now has only about half of that support, with about 38%. I’m not sure I can believe that as accurate. However, it does give Republicans in the state cause to worry a bit, and her opponent, Main House Speaker and Democrat Sarah Gideon, is a quite a bit more credible and established than any of Collin’s former contenders.
This means that Lieberman’s support and endorsement, as he still carries strong ties to the Democratic party, as well as having considerable name cred, could like make a world of difference to her campaign, and therefore the race to keep the Senate in GOP hands.
Then again, it could be that there isn’t much to worry about. As it stands right now, the other “vulnerable” or “toss-up” seats are mostly all in states Trump will likely win. And while the odds of Martha McSally of Arizona or Cory Gardner of Colorado winning certainly look slim, those states have large populations of Hispanics, which we are currently seeing swing towards Trump as well.
So while it’s certainly possible for the GOP to lose a few seats and therefore their majority, it’s not necessarily likely…