[Ed. – Wishful thinking can be a powerful tool if you’re a Democrat looking forward to an election in which your party has zero viable candidates.]
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will come out of the Trump impeachment battle a winner. That may be his 2020 high point.
But the Kentucky Republican may turn out to be an asset for Democrats in the fall, as already competitive challengers against Republican incumbents are tying those incumbents to the Senate majority leader, not so much on impeachment but rather on his legislative role: rushing through right-wing judges and bottling up popular House-passed legislation, including crackdowns on rising drug prices, boosting the minimum wage, some campaign finance reform and pay equity for women.
On most of these issues, McConnell doesn’t want his half-dozen endangered incumbents to face a vote that big financial interests, always a primary McConnell priority, oppose. Thus, unlike the Republican campaigns against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as a “San Francisco liberal,” the Democratic challengers believe these specifics give them an edge, and they’re seizing on it.