“It’s laughable to think there’s going to be this huge up-swell from voters that will launch Republicans into a majority in the senate and then Republicans will waste political chits on the Keystone XL pipeline, repealing the medical device tax a handful of issues that most Americans don’t care about,” the conservative Senate Republican aide said.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) led the pressure campaign on GOP leaders to take a more forceful stance against ObamaCare and the administration’s deferred action on deportations, and he expects to gain new allies if Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton (R), Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) and Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) prevail on Tuesday.
“If all they do is keep their campaign promises, we’re going to be in very good shape because they’re all running as unabashed conservatives and one of their top priorities is repealing ObamaCare,” said another conservative Senate GOP aide.
Cruz can already count on Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse, who is set to cruise to victory. Sasse has already had one tense meeting with McConnell after posting a video on YouTube calling on the leader to “show some actual leadership.”