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 SchumerSchumer to GOP: Push back against Trump's 'alternative facts' McConnell to Dems: Work with us on GOP's 'formidable' challenges Democrats and the boycott of Trump's inauguration 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 McConnellSanders set for clash with Trump’s budget pick Cabinet picks boost 2018 Dems Overnight Finance: Trump takes US out of Pacific trade deal | WH says Trump has left his businesses | Lobbyists expect boom times MORE (Ky.) and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists expect boom times under Trump Last Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions 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 ReidCabinet picks boost 2018 Dems Franken emerges as liberal force in hearings GOP eyes new push to break up California court 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 DurbinJustice requires higher standard than Sessions Warren burns Mnuchin over failure to disclose assets Trump Treasury pick to defend foreclosure record MORE (Ill.). “Go ahead and test that Tea Party phrase across America. People despise it. It is just the symbol of obstruction.”