Matthew Green, associate professor of politics, was quoted in a National Catholic Reporter column on Aug. 18, 2014, on the chances of the GOP taking control of the Senate. See the article below.

From: National Catholic Reporter Date: Aug. 18, 2014 Author: Michael Sean Winters

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The larger question is: What does it matter? Washington is already gridlocked with an aloof president who invests precious little time in his relationships with congressional leaders, a dysfunctional Senate, and a do-nothing House of Representatives.

"If Republicans win the Senate, it will of course be harder than ever for Obama to influence the legislative agenda or get his initiatives enacted into law," Green said. "However, it is extremely unlikely that Republicans will win enough seats to have a supermajority in the Senate. So the Democratic minority will still be able to filibuster Republican proposals, as I expect it will. Senate Republicans will then almost certainly use their bully pulpit to try to influence the next presidential elections."

Green concluded, "Yes, there could be action on a few major issues with potential appeal to both parties. But unless the magical Bipartisan Fairy appears and waves her wand over the next Congress, we should not expect to see much more than positioning and symbolic legislating in the following Congress."

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