With the GOP struggling to pass any meaningful legislation in 2017, many Democrats are feeling good about their prospects for the 2018 midterms.
On the heels of numerous wins on Election Day 2017, a top Democrat is now claiming the GOP will take back control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told The Atlantic Monday that the Election Day victories are a “foreshadowing of good things to come.””
In addition to representing his district in Minnesota, Ellison serves as deputy chair of the DNC.
“A lot of people might have thought it was just exuberance and a sense of optimism, but I believed we could take it back,” he said of the Democratic wins in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Ellison said since taking over as DNC deputy chair, the party has changed its goal from simply electing a president to electing Democrats “from dog-catcher to president and everywhere in between,” using grassroots engagement.
“We’re in it to win community,” he said. “If we make people feel that we’ve got their back, and their party is there for them, the election becomes the easy part.”
Ellison said he is feeling really good about the chances of a Democrat taking the Senate seat in Alabama now that Judge Roy Moore is battling through allegations of sexual misconduct dating back decades.
Keep in mind that Ellison’s “feel-good” remarks about winning in the red state of Alabama could be fueled by his personal dislike of Moore. The outspoken conservative once said that Ellison should not be able to serve in Congress because he is Muslim.