Most Democrats are doing their best to pretend like their Senate majority isn’t in complete jeopardy, but there’s one huge sign that they do expect a Republican takeover. One Democratic Senate aide mentioned that, “We will definitely move a lot of nominees during the lame duck one way or the other — possibly more if Republicans take the majority.”
The aide explained that because of the “bleak prospects for confirmation under a Republican majority, there will be a strong incentive to get as many confirmed during the lame duck as possible.”
The Senate is scheduled to return on Nov. 12, just after the midterm elections, and will convene for its next session on Jan. 6. The Senate is also scheduled to pass a funding bill by Dec. 11 to avoid another government shutdown.
In short, the 55 Democrats in the Senate will have to move very quickly if they want to push through Obama’s nominees, including a replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder, before Congress reconvenes in January for its 114th session.
“It would be crazy if Reid did not call them back as soon as possible and go into long hours, night and day, to process as many confirmations as he can,” the American Enterprise Institute’s Norm Ornstein told TPM.
Clearly, the Democrats are preparing for the worst. If they weren’t so certain that they’re going to lose control, there wouldn’t be nearly as much incentive for them to ram through as many nominees as they possibly can during the lame duck session.