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What if McFadden wins and Republicans take the Senate?

MinnPost photo by Devin Henry
Senate candidate Mike McFadden and U.S. Rep. John Kline tour Shakopee's Dem-Con Recycling facility.
MinnPost photo by Devin Henry
Sen. Al Franken takes part in a women’s health roundtable in St. Paul.

Comments (27)

  1. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 10/30/2014 - 10:22 am.


    I expect a lot of very interesting legislation to be passed. I think Democrats should step back and let Republicans pass it, and rely on a presidential veto to prevent disasters from occurring.

    • Submitted by Bill Kahn on 10/30/2014 - 02:24 pm.

      That would certainly set up President Obama to use the bully pulpit of the White House for change in the 2016 elections.

      We are certainly used to Congress, in fact our whole government from the local to the federal, rendered useless, but as long as we cannot get things done, we can at least hope for explanations of why this is so: a Capitol with Republicans and Tea Partiers in it.

      I certainly hope the NYTimes is wrong; they have been wrong before, so there is hope that the American People will get it right on November 4, 2014.

  2. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 10/30/2014 - 10:58 am.


    I would say with single party control of Congress the expectations for the passage of legislation should be raised, not lowered.

    • Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/30/2014 - 02:39 pm.

      Yup, if the GOP Controls Both Houses of Congress

      I’m sure we can expect to see as many bold, new initiatives and legislation passed as we saw when the GOP controlled the Minnesota House and Senate,…

      i.d. ZERO, ZIP, NADA.

      The GOP has become so addicted to being the party of “no,” that they’ll never be able to go cold turkey and quit swilling that very seductive brew.

      By the operating style they have so assiduously programmed into themselves and their party, doing NOTHING is free,…

      doing SOMETHING might make some part of their base or other angry

  3. Submitted by Lora Jones on 10/30/2014 - 11:23 am.

    About the only things that will happen

    are impeachment and fast track for TPP. Both bad.

  4. Submitted by Mike Worcester on 10/30/2014 - 12:06 pm.

    Promises, Promises….

    In 1995, when Republicans took over control of both chambers, they promised to focus on issues vital to the American family and consumer. Instead we got a failed vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment and impeachment.

    In 2011 when Republicans captured control of the U.S. House, Speaker Boehner promised to focus on the economy and “jobs, jobs, jobs!” Instead we got vote after pointless vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and social issues legislation.

    What’s to think that 2015 would be any different from the recent past?

    • Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 10/30/2014 - 01:10 pm.

      Jobs – jobs – jobs

      A repeal and replacing of the Unaffordable Care Act is a jobs bill.

      • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 10/30/2014 - 01:26 pm.

        Please define how repealing the ACA would count as a jobs bill. Also, what would you replace it with if you DID repeal it (which won’t happen as long as Barack Obama is the POTUS)? Simply saying it does not make it true.

        • Submitted by jason myron on 10/30/2014 - 02:59 pm.

          Don’t wait for an answer,

          because he doesn’t have one. There will be no repeal of ACA because Obama will veto any repeal. There will be no impeachment because even if they gained a majority, it will be razor thin and they won’t have the votes. What will happen, and McFadden won’t be a part of it because he’ll be back in Sunfish Lake sulking that his one foray into politics was shot down by the voters, is that a civil war will break out within the party. The establishment vs the evangelicals, racist, bigots, secessionists and misogynists that they’ve had to court to retain a power base. Those factions will not allow to them govern…and with 23 GOP seats to defend in 2016, they’re going to get swept into oblivion.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 10/31/2014 - 12:07 pm.

          Job Killer

          Repealing the ACA would actually result in many people losing their jobs. Think of all the right-wing professional whiners and kvetchers who would have nothing to bellyache about.

          The fact is, the modern American conservative has nothing to offer. It’s all block, deny, and complain. Take that away from them, and they have nothing.

      • Submitted by John Ellenbecker on 10/30/2014 - 05:08 pm.

        So back to life without health insurance

        So you are saying that many of us should start planning for a return to life without health insurance for our families. Thanks.

  5. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 10/30/2014 - 12:57 pm.

    If both houses pass the usual Republican tropes and they are vetoed, they will not only displease their base, there also will be a clear indication of what they would/could do if they controlled both houses and the presidency. Which would be bad for the next election.

    Can they spend the next two years arguing restraint on the part of two houses? Or will the crazy-train leave the station?

  6. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 10/30/2014 - 01:27 pm.

    If the Republicans win control,

    moving the United States forward will be of little concern because the GOP will have to pay back their big donors first, which will leave a little more time to continue their social engineering. The party of getting government out of your life will be putting more government into your life. The GOP is run by billionaire donors, and the radical fringe of the party (housed at Fox News). They represent a bankrupt point of view. Choose wisely voters because elections do have consequences.

  7. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 10/30/2014 - 01:36 pm.

    …and more promises

    We would do well, should the prospect of a Republican Senate become reality, to pay attention to Mitch McConnell’s publicly-stated agenda, which isn’t hard to find on the web. A couple other items, not specifically quotes by McConnell, should give us a clue:

    “‘A Republican Senate would shut the door on confirmations, and they’re going to do so on executive as well as judicial ones,’ said Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar with the American Enterprise Institute.”

    “…For Federalist Society conservatives, a Republican-led Senate is only the first step in their overarching goal of returning American jurisprudence to a pre-New Deal era when the federal government was forbidden from exercising any power not explicitly enumerated by the Constitution. That means no federal minimum wage and perhaps no Social Security.”

    Both of the above from:

    There’s also a school of thought suggesting that a victory – this strikes me as a very interesting take on the prospect – might be problematical for the victors. The thinking seems to be that winning the Senate would encourage the more-lunatic Tea Party-ish members of the GOP to push for a return to the 17th century, while other members of the party would be interested in actually governing a 21st century nation. The resultant fragmentation of the Republican party would at least lay to rest the myth that the GOP offers “a big tent” for voters and candidates alike, and it might well end up being fatal to the Republican Party, at least on a national scale.

    Beyond that, it’s also interesting that much of the current discussion revolves around what might be Obama’s legacy, and that’s understandable, but I haven’t run across very much in print that takes a look at what might be the GOP’s legacy during the Obama years. Spending 8 years blocking a duly-elected president’s legislative agenda – not with reasonable alternatives, but simply blocking it because becoming the “Party of ‘No'” can be done, and will prove embarrassing or worse for the president – doesn’t strike me as a legacy to be particularly proud of.

  8. Submitted by David Frenkel on 10/30/2014 - 02:29 pm.


    Do any of the political candidates realize we are fighting a war(s) in the middle east? It seems to have fallen off the map in MN except for a Nolan ad that mentions the US should stop nation building. At this point we are trying to keep some nations and their people from disappearing.

  9. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 10/30/2014 - 03:34 pm.

    Sure bet if Republicans win

    They will want another war to satisfy big defense contractors and other corporations. Eisenhower was right 55 years ago – the dangers of a military industrial complex. A national disgrace.

  10. Submitted by John Ellenbecker on 10/30/2014 - 05:06 pm.


    If Republicans control both houses of Congress there most certainly will be an effort initiated in the House to impeach Pres. Obama. There are no valid reasons to do so, but that won’t prevent them from doing so.

  11. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 10/30/2014 - 05:57 pm.


    It is truly amazing that an alleged smart guy like McFadden does not know the absence of the Keystone XL bottles up Canadisn crude in the upper Midwest and enables big savings at the pump for Minnesotans. A great article in Rolling Stone a couple of weeks back on the Koch Bros. our local Petro suppliers. Vote for Mike and get a 20% gas hike.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 10/31/2014 - 05:07 pm.

      You miss the point

      Approving Keystone XL has nothing to do with its effect on oil prices. It’s about profits for the oil industry, but equally important for most Republicans, it’s a big ol’ middle finger at tree-hugging liberals. They don’t want it, so it’s a Republican “must have.”

  12. Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/30/2014 - 06:44 pm.

    Republican obstructionists won’t win much in this state

    For the largest part, people here know health care is a good thing.
    Why would they screw people over?

    Its Halloween, scare stories are bound to be told.

  13. Submitted by Kate Brown on 10/31/2014 - 09:41 am.

    Ha! and Ha! again

    Ha #1: McFadden predicts “economic issues would be front-and-center for a Republican-controlled Senate.” Hmmm, wonder if that will be anything like the stated objective of “jobs, jobs, jobs” that oddly morphed into a focus on crazy reproductive restrictions and fighting marriage equality.

    Ha #2: He asks whether Obama wants to “work with a Republican Congress to improve the lives of Americans” or whether he wants “to be a bottleneck for two years?” Sure . . . like the Republicans pledged to work with Obama from the start when McConnell stated that their primary job was to make Obama a one-term president? And like they basically obstructed pretty much everything he’s tried to do during his terms?

    McFadden seems to have such a short memory (or maybe just selective).

  14. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 11/01/2014 - 11:45 am.

    Republican Win to Speed the Revolution

    GOP Majority in the Senate will probably speed up the Revolution of Millennials being tired of living in their parents’ basements and taking to the streets to protest public policy that keeps them barefoot and poor. Chamber of Commerce will realize that the housing industry and other American business and manufacturing is stifled by the low buying power of young Americans, and quit $ponsoring GOP candidates.

  15. Submitted by Jon Lord on 11/01/2014 - 04:39 pm.

    just a few thoughts

    About federal regulatory schemes…lets be honest, conservatives only dislike regulations they think hurts their ability to make money in certain areas. They hardly want a true free market economy that is free beyond their control. They just know it’ll hurt them to state it so.

    If the T Party gets their way, we’ll lose jobs from the start as they cut away at some of the biggest employers in the nation immediately. Here’s their math, cut 200000 jobs for 1 1/2 years then make 80,000 the last 1/2 year and then brag about how many jobs they’ve created since they’ve been in office, sounds great unless you know how many they’ve removed. It’s creative accounting is all.

    And they don’t understand the connection between health care readiness and diseases that could pose a national threat. In the face of the possibility of rampant Ebola they’d cut the ACA off at the knees in spite. Or in blind ignorance. Then they’d cut off funding to all disease control studies as being too expensive. That’s the to the bone ‘let them starve’ type accounting they subscribe to. The way the TP’ers think, or don’t, is chilling.

  16. Submitted by E Gamauf on 11/03/2014 - 08:48 am.

    The GridLock GOP is still a big part of the PROBLEM

    Go see Sunday’s debate on

    WHAT IF REPUBS get the senate — no net change, just more strident rhetoric.
    The gridlock has mostly come from the party in which he has membership.

    It is silly to claim that he, Mr McF would be miraculously bipartisan:
    He DID have the option to run as an Independent & prove it right out of the gate.

    He did not.

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