If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wins his re-election bid in Kentucky this year (as now seems likely) and the Republican Party takes charge of the U.S. Senate, McConnell may well end up graduating from Minority to Majority Leader in short space of time. There is much speculation as to whether he will be able to deal with the complexities of his own party’s internal makeup and of the makeup of the whole Senate body so as to get anything accomplished. Some say he will need 60 votes on everything in order to avoid a filibuster.
As the GOP looks like it may gain 10 seats or so in the House of Representatives and that body may become more conservative, there will be pressure on McConnell and GOP Senators to show they are true Republicans. Over 300 bills passed by the House are being bottle-necked in Harry Reid’s Senate, so there will be immediate pressure on McConnell to finally bring those bills up for a vote. The new House will likely send yet more conservative measures over to the Senate for consideration. If moderate GOP Senators block everything just like Reid did, they can expect to face the wrath of their constituents next election cycle.
Democrats may choose to filibuster every single bill, every tiny move McConnell attempts to make. If they do, however, they will look like petty obstructionists to many and could lose yet more seat in 2016. Democrat Senators know that President Obama will veto all those 300 bills anyway, so they will likely let them go to his desk to receive their execution. Thus, McConnell may not have such a hard time after all, but according to Jared, nothing will become law unless we get a Republican President in 2016.