Senate Democratic leaders are predicting Tea Party losses in November will push Republicans to compromise on raising taxes after the election.
Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Charles SchumerCharles SchumerDem to Trump: 'You truly are an evil man' Dem senator: GOP controls all of gov't, so success or failure is on them Trump tweets: We’ll put together a great plan after Obamacare explodes MORE (N.Y.) told reporters that mainstream conservative senators have told him privately they will have more freedom to cut deals after the election.
“We shouldn’t have to wait for an election for the two sides to come together, but for Republicans it might just do the trick,” he added.
Schumer said there has been a group of Republicans in the 112th Congress who want compromise but they have been drowned out by Tea Party-allied conservatives.
“If we keep the Senate and the president wins, and even better if we take the House, the mainstream — there are no moderates — the mainstream Republicans are going to be strengthened, they’ve told me that,” said Schumer.
He said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over health care GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE (Ky.) and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill MORE (R-Ohio) will be more inclined to strike deals in December and next year after mainstream Republicans gain strength over Tea Party conservatives in the election.
“You’ve seen it happening, we’ve had more bipartisan agreements in the Senate as we’ve all outlined in the last three, four months because their basic strategy of obstructing and not compromising is failing,” he added. “Everything is moving in a direction of us coming together because the obstructionist Tea Party is losing out. They’re losing out in elections and they’re losing out in the caucuses.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.) predicted last week the strength of Tea Party-affiliated House conservatives would be much diminished after the election.
"The Tea Party candidates in Illinois never use the word ‘Tea Party’ anymore. They can’t get elected that way. They’re running as bipartisan candidates. They come back, do you think they’re going to revert to Tea Party roots?” said Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch rewrites playbook for confirmation hearings Gorsuch: I'm 'sorry' for ruling against autistic student MORE (Ill.). “Go ahead and test that Tea Party phrase across America. People despise it. It is just the symbol of obstruction.”