Democrats have a lot riding on the next two years.
If they don’t do well, they will likely lose badly in 2020.
And a top Democrat just got the worst news possible that’s sure to affect that.
Democrat’s Failed Blue Wave
The midterm elections brought good and bad news for Democrats.
On the one hand, they won back the House.
But they lost ground in the Senate.
So it is far from the blue wave they’ve been expecting.
And the results are far better for Republicans than what most political experts saw going in.
It means that both Republicans and Democrats have opportunities.
If Nancy Pelosi is elected Speaker she will do a lot to energize Republicans against her.
But Democrats will also be able to launch a ton of investigations against Trump.
And in the Senate, Republicans will be able to pass judicial nominees much easier.
So overall, each side is getting something.
But one group that is sure to be hurting is Senate Democrats.
A number are potential Presidential nominees in 2020.
And with less power in the Senate, they will have trouble wooing their base.
One Democrat, in particular, is running into major problems.
Sen. Kamala Harris is a potential challenger to Trump.
She is a popular Democrat who is a woman of color, which Democrats are pushing hard for.
But one piece of news could destroy her hopes.
A Top Democrat May Lose Her Position
Harris is on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
She is able to generate news headlines through her questioning of those in front of the committee.
Most notable was Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who she threw many heated questions at.
These moments are great for raising her public profile.
But she is raising concerns that she will lose her position.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reworking committee assignments.
And hers is uncertain at this time.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is fighting to keep her on, but that may not help.
Already, left-wing groups are fighting to keep her on the committee.
They are ready to go to battle if she faces removal.
Left-wing group Demand Justice is promising to fight back.
Their Executive Director Brian Fallon tells the Washington Post:
“Not only would it be unconscionable to remove the only African American woman from the committee, but Sen. Harris also is the most skilled questioner on the entire panel.”
He then says that every option should be weighed as to avoid intense backlash, saying:
“Whatever options they need to consider, removing Harris should not be one of them. The backlash would be intense.”
Will This Affect 2020?
The fact that left-wing groups are going all out to protect Harris shows just how much this may affect 2020.
Currently, Harris is in third place in polling for 2020.
She is behind only Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
So she will almost certainly run for president.
But without her position on the Judiciary Committee, she may fizzle into irrelevancy before she can gain more traction.
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