Can the GOP win back the House in 2010?

posted at 3:05 pm on August 31, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe the question isn’t so much whether the GOP can win back control of the house, but how quickly that possibility has arisen since Democrats took full control of the Beltway.  Only seven months after securing all of the electoral levers of power, Democrats have plunged themselves into hot water with voters, rapidly losing support for an increasingly radical agenda.  As their $787,000,000,000 economic fix continues to flop and they propose ever-higher levels of spending and government control, the question doesn’t become if, but when and how badly:

After an August recess marked by raucous town halls, troubling polling data and widespread anecdotal evidence of a volatile electorate, the small universe of political analysts who closely follow House races is predicting moderate to heavy Democratic losses in 2010.

Some of the most prominent and respected handicappers can now envision an election in which Democrats suffer double-digit losses in the House — not enough to provide the 40 seats necessary to return the GOP to power but enough to put them within striking distance. …

Historic trends point to Republican House gains in the midterm election, particularly after facing two brutal election cycles where the party lost seats in every region and even in some of the most conservative states in the nation. Over the last five decades, the party out of power has picked up seats in 10 of the 12 midterm elections.

Turnout levels may also work in the GOP’s favor: House Democrats who narrowly won election in 2008 on the strength of high turnout among African-Americans and young voters probably won’t be able to count on that same level of enthusiasm next year in a nonpresidential election.

No, but they can count on a great deal of enthusiasm among their opponents.  Grassroots activists have driven hundreds and thousands of vocal opponents to the Democratic agenda, especially on health care, to normally sleepy off-year August town halls across the nation.  The effort to get union activists as a means of shouting down voters has created even more anger and bitterness.  The older voters, much more reliable in midterm elections, have become thoroughly alienated, as have independents.

Republicans would have to win 40 seats in order to take control of the House, a daunting number, but it’s within reach, Nate Silver argues.  He warned the Netroots Nation that the GOP had between a 25% and 33% chance of pulling it off in 2010, and as the polling continues to slide for Barack Obama and the Democrats, those odds will get better for Republicans.  The analog would be the 1994 elections, which also hinged on overreaching Democratic health care “reform”, and the Republicans won 54 seats to claim the majority and end over 40 years of Democratic domination.

Can they do it again?  The GOP has a much stronger wind at its back than they did in 1994 with the rapid decline of Democratic support, but they need to organize effectively to take advantage of it.  The NRCC needs to build a foundation that will attract the conservative base and independent voters alike.  Their best bet is to focus on economic freedom, fiscal responsibility, less government control, and free-market reforms that make sense.  Republicans have to have a positive message for voters, not just a gainsay of Obamanomics.  They have two easy targets with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to paint Congress as aggressively radical, but that has to be paired with an agenda that wins hearts and minds across a broad spectrum.

If the GOP can do that, they have a good chance of retiring Pelosi from the speaker’s chair, and to reduce Reid’s votes in the Senate (and perhaps to bounce Reid himself out of it).


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Left: Pelosi’s husband’s view of pure ecstasy.

Right: Christmas Future.

lorien1973 on August 31, 2009 at 3:07 PM

That header picture is a grim parody of American Gothic.

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2009 at 3:08 PM

unlikely, but they will post more then enough gains to smash the Democrat monopoly on power. In this perspective 2010 to 2012 will no longer be about transitions by legislative fiat, but about keeping Obama in Office for the sake of the judicial appointments.

rob verdi on August 31, 2009 at 3:08 PM

If only we could shut McCain & Hatch up.

Talk about snatching victory !

stenwin77 on August 31, 2009 at 3:09 PM

In an honorable world Reid and Pelosi would resign their leadership positions after such a defeat.

rob verdi on August 31, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Can the GOP win back the House in 2010?

Only if we have some real conservatives on the ticket.

UltimateBob on August 31, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Thanks Ed for the picture on the post. That is a ‘put on the frig’ to stop eating. Hubby might be sol for supper.
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letget on August 31, 2009 at 3:09 PM

And if the GOP wins… THEN WHAT?

They didn’t do such a bangup job last time. Can they remember how to be conservatives?

originalpechanga on August 31, 2009 at 3:09 PM

I have yet to see exactly why the GOP should take back the House.

Not as bad as the Democrats isn’t going to cut it as a campaign slogan this time around.

myrenovations on August 31, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Yes. I’m predicting over 300 (R)s before it’s over.

BobMbx on August 31, 2009 at 3:10 PM

I HOPE Harry goes out of business

SDarchitect on August 31, 2009 at 3:10 PM

I am personally greatfull for Pelosi, Reid and Obama for showing America the vile leftist plans and commitment to destroying our country. Perhaps the backlash will finally end liberalism and the entitlement mentality they have fostered for all these decades. They are traitors and need to be treated as such.

trs on August 31, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Question isn’t can the GOP win the house back.

It is, if the GOP wins the house back, will anything be any different?!?!
Doubtful.

bridgetown on August 31, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Well..yes, but the GOP has to actually do something…and finally decide it is a conservative/libertarian party and put up candidates that reflect that ideology…if they can do that and make it clear that they have nothing in common with the Dems, they can win it back in 2010.

AUINSC on August 31, 2009 at 3:13 PM

When inflation hits the levels that I think they will hit, the Repubs should be able to take back the house. The people are going to demand a firewall to President Barry’s Socialist end run.

portlandon on August 31, 2009 at 3:13 PM

That header picture is a grim parody of American Gothic.

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Sort of reminds me of a demented ventriloquist act.

Pelosi has that lifeless, empty look in her eyes like they are two glass buttons glued onto her wooden head.

UltimateBob on August 31, 2009 at 3:13 PM

The more I see those photos, the more they start to look like “Well Hung” Harry and “Do Me” Nancy sex dolls.

BobMbx on August 31, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Semi-OT but has anyone else seen the AARP tv ads encouraging viewers to contact their representatives and voice their opinion for ObamaCare?

Patrick S on August 31, 2009 at 3:15 PM

I would not expect the GOP to offer much legislatively, but they would have subpoena power to investigate the “fishy” activities of the administration.

rw on August 31, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Don’t we only have to win 20 seats for a net 40 gain? We win 20 and they lose 20?

Darksean on August 31, 2009 at 3:16 PM

No, the GOP is dead. It’s a regional party only. I read that in the NYT. It must be true.

Chris of Rights on August 31, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Obama, Pelosi and Reid are counting on their ‘secret’ weapon at the polls. ACORN. After all, isn’t the Chicago political philosophy “there ain’t nothing money can’t buy”.

GarandFan on August 31, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Not as bad as the Democrats isn’t going to cut it as a campaign slogan this time around.

myrenovations on August 31, 2009 at 3:09 PM

You got that right. Suggestions?

publiuspen on August 31, 2009 at 3:17 PM

The Republicans need to have a coherent message and stand for something, not just be the party of “no”. Be for each individual person, not socialist garbage.

rbj on August 31, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Patrick S on August 31, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Yes! Saw one last night and hoped quietly that a few seniors were watching and decided to call and cancel their memberships. heh

bridgetown on August 31, 2009 at 3:18 PM

I have yet to see exactly why the GOP should take back the House.

Not as bad as the Democrats isn’t going to cut it as a campaign slogan this time around.

myrenovations on August 31, 2009 at 3:09 PM

A number of years ago in Indiana there was a Democrat running for Governor. His major contention was that Republican Party had held the State House for the past sixteen years. That was pretty much his whole campaign, there was even a line about it in his campaign song. Point being: The Republicans held on to the State House for another four years.

Tommy_G on August 31, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Sort of reminds me of a demented ventriloquist act.

Pelosi has that lifeless, empty look in her eyes like they are two glass buttons glued onto her wooden head.

UltimateBob on August 31, 2009 at 3:13 PM

I can see Nan saying, “That’s not my back you are touching”, and Harry saying, “Its OK, that’s not my hand, either.”

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Caption for the post picture:

Reid: Surprise butt sehx!

lorien1973 on August 31, 2009 at 3:19 PM

The NRCC needs to build a foundation that will attract the conservative base and independent voters alike. Their best bet is to focus on economic freedom, fiscal responsibility, less government control, and free-market reforms that make sense. Republicans have to have a positive message for voters, not just a gainsay of Obamanomics.

That sounds like a call for a new contract with America.

Who gets Newt’s role this time?

I won’t get on board it the reps just say “we aren’t dems”.

They need to tell me what they will do.

cozmo on August 31, 2009 at 3:20 PM

in ’94 we had NEWT and the contract with America. a point by point plan people could read and get behind. What we have now is a GOP party with no core principals and trying to distance themselves from the conservatives in the party.

lwssdd on August 31, 2009 at 3:20 PM

lorien1973 on August 31, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Tie!

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Republicans would have to win 40 seats in order to take control of the House, a daunting number, but it’s within reach,

I dunno… district by district… it seems like a reach. 40 is an awfully big number to flip.

mankai on August 31, 2009 at 3:21 PM

GOP control of the House is great to fantasize about, but congessional Republicans have demonstrated an unerring ability to screw themselves and their supporters every time they get their hands on power. So what’ll be different this time?

Cicero43 on August 31, 2009 at 3:21 PM

The organization is already there Ed …

The Tea Party movement is a glorious network of “cells” – beautifully decentralized, you cut off any part of it and still the rest would function.

40 seats? That’s peanuts – this is doable folks and the anger is palpable. NOTHING puts voters in the booths like anger.

Can we take back the house?

YES WE CAN!

HondaV65 on August 31, 2009 at 3:22 PM

The more I see those photos, the more they start to look like “Well Hung” Harry and “Do Me” Nancy sex dolls.

BobMbx on August 31, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Umm, might some psychoanalysis be in order?

Just sayin’

Cicero43 on August 31, 2009 at 3:23 PM

So what’ll be different this time?

Cicero43 on August 31, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Gridlock is better than the current state of affairs?

lorien1973 on August 31, 2009 at 3:24 PM

I’m going to do all can to help; Then we need to get rid of the “Kneecap Party” aka Democrat Party; Any one knows they will try to obstruct any legislation put forth by the Republican Party; That’s their only function when in this position.
All this can happen if the “Kneecap Party” hasn’t totally nullified the U.S. Constitution by then.
I been havin’ this dream!

Cybergeezer on August 31, 2009 at 3:24 PM

It is so obvious that Reid is Pelosi’s lap dog. When my ten-year old son saw the picture, he asked who the puppet in the back was.

MissBean on August 31, 2009 at 3:24 PM

No the GOP wont win.

They havent learned the lession of 2008 or are learning the wrong lession.

Abandoning your beliefs to win votes makes the GOP ore liked the democrats than I ever want to be.

The GOP just needs to build a stron nation organization. It must put the money and resources into that effort.

Where is the GOP’s ACORN ? Where is the GOP’s version of Unions ? Where is the GOP’s grassroots building effort ?

The RNC is still too poluted with bluebloods who think that the GOP needs to keep doing what it did before but disguise its intent.

I have no faith in my party leadership right now.

William Amos on August 31, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Well..yes, but the GOP has to actually do something…and finally decide it is a conservative/libertarian party and put up candidates that reflect that ideology…if they can do that and make it clear that they have nothing in common with the Dems, they can win it back in 2010.

I agree. They need to run on fiscal conservatism/libertarianism and limited government. No more running on gay marriage and abortion. It’s not helpful when people are extremely concerned about the economy and the creeping tendrils of public healthcare. Not many will agree, but I think both centrists and conservatives can take back Congress for the Republicans. Even Crist is against Obamacare.

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Don’t we only have to win 20 seats for a net 40 gain? We win 20 and they lose 20?

Darksean on August 31, 2009 at 3:16 PM

No. The Ds have 256 seats. To have a majority, one needs 218. Thats a difference of 38.

A move of 20 seats would bring their majority down to 236. In the House, there is no “Super majority” rule as in the Senate. If you own 218 seats, you own the House.

BobMbx on August 31, 2009 at 3:26 PM

The Tea Party movement is a glorious network of “cells” – beautifully decentralized, you cut off any part of it and still the rest would function.

The Tea Parties are not the GOP. The GOP might ride their coattails but its not the engine of the GOP or RNC.

William Amos on August 31, 2009 at 3:26 PM

If the GOP can do that, they have a good chance of retiring Pelosi from the speaker’s chair, and to reduce Reid’s votes in the Senate (and perhaps to bounce Reid himself out of it).

how sweet that would be :-)

I’m with

AUINSC on August 31, 2009 at 3:13 PM

no RINOs or we are dooming ourselves again

cmsinaz on August 31, 2009 at 3:27 PM

If unemployment is still high, the Democrats are up the creek. Or if they ram through the health control bill.

forest on August 31, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Umm, might some psychoanalysis be in order?

Just sayin’

Cicero43 on August 31, 2009 at 3:23 PM

No, but if you could help get me a date with Sandra Bullock, that would help a great deal.

BobMbx on August 31, 2009 at 3:27 PM

I know you can do it.

saus on August 31, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Just getting rid of the two A$$ clowns in the photo wuold make millions of folks happy. but I’ll take all we can get.

Think I’ll go and register Goofy and Mickey again, I hear they’re ready to switch.

bluegrass on August 31, 2009 at 3:29 PM

congessional Republicans have demonstrated an unerring ability to screw themselves and their supporters every time they get their hands on power. So what’ll be different this time?

Cicero43 on August 31, 2009 at 3:21 PM

If they run on actually cutting federal spending (not the growth of spending, but real spending cuts), it will be a positive, measurable platform.

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2009 at 3:30 PM

I don’t think 40 seats is that difficult. It’ll be a walk in the park if taxes go up. Even the prospect of taxes going up(the Bush tax cuts do expire in 2011 after all) could scare a lot of voters into dumping the Blue Dogs in favor of the GOP.

It is going to require the GOP to run a positive campaign with a pro-business, low tax, limited government agenda in order to inspire the American public rather than just play on their anger or fear. I think they’re up to the challenge though. The most important hurdle to clear is their timidity in attacking Obama. With his sinking numbers, that’s no longer a problem.

Doughboy on August 31, 2009 at 3:31 PM

And as the political pendulum swings back and forth ever faster, the people may realize that neither side represents them.

The Calibur on August 31, 2009 at 3:31 PM

I remember 1994. Just a few weeks before the election, several pollsters were predicting a 10-12 seat pickup for the GOP.

It ended up being 54.

If they are predicting 20-30 seats this time, you can be sure it will be much higher.

Norwegian on August 31, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Exactly what is Reid doing to Pelosi in that picture?

fogw on August 31, 2009 at 3:32 PM

All things considered, the GOP MUST win a large number of seats in 2010 and then again in 2012. Here’s the scenario: If we can get enough elected to stop the commie hemmorhage in 2010, that’s just the start. What WE THE PEOPLE have to do from that point forward is to hold the “conservatives” ACCOUNTABLE on each and every move they make until they understand what the “WILL OF THE PEOPLE” really means. Then in 2012, we will have conditioned them properly to make additional gains going foward. Understand, while the libtards may think this is about politics and power, we all must agree that this is the defining moment for GETTING AMERICA BACK!!

HomeoftheBrave on August 31, 2009 at 3:33 PM

I believe it is entirely possible to win the majority. I think it’s also possible to keep it. People are way too involved now to let Congress get away with not reading bills. Voters are gonna get all in their business. Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop” said something about crawling up butts with microscopes. Yep!

tkinTX on August 31, 2009 at 3:33 PM

I can tell you the campaign that the R’s need to run if they are to win. “We will return any money left in the porkulus bill, we will repeal Obamacare if passed, and we will crank up the job making machine by giving tax incentives to small business. We will promise NO EARMARKS and no new spending”. There are a whole slew of things that they can promise but they have to keep it within the realm of the possible. If they mealy mouth around on issues like earmarks or taxes they public will simply not turn out to vote. They have to be passionate about the wasteful spending and the loss of our country to left wing loons.

inspectorudy on August 31, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Left: Pelosi’s husband’s view of pure ecstasy.

lorien1973 on August 31, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Thanks for the visual. Anyone got any compazine?

Daggett on August 31, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Hate to sound pessimistic, but…will we have free elections?
Acorn? O’s goons?
Panthers may loom at polling stations, without consequence.

I pray I am wrong.

balkanmom2 on August 31, 2009 at 3:35 PM

And as the political pendulum swings back and forth ever faster, the people may realize that neither side represents them.

The Calibur on August 31, 2009 at 3:31 PM

You’re right. Idiots on one side, demons on the other.

Daggett on August 31, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Yes, we can.

HGFinley on August 31, 2009 at 3:36 PM

A quasi-competent GOP bent on winning more than cowering in fear of what Democrats might say sure could.

drjohn on August 31, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Yeah, maybe we can put McCain’s daughter in office, and does Hatch have any kids???

right2bright on August 31, 2009 at 3:36 PM

I think the GOP can take back congress if it can muster up the intellectual fire power and leadership required to cook up all the red meat Beck, Rush, and Palin are carving out of the Donkey.

It’s one thing to tear down liberal thought and get the base fired up, it’s another to articulate why conservative thought works and form a coalition.

Right now, it seems finding unlikely we will find the leadership. All of the choices sort of suck.

jhffmn on August 31, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Plan on doing my part…I wlll vote.

And…

Have already assisted several neighbors this year getting them registered to vote. They said they hadn’t bothered for years and years since their vote really didn’t mean anything. Now, they seem to understand that enough of us voting can make a difference when it really matters.

Am always on the lookout for a neighbor, friend, family member or other who are not registered to vote and whose leanings are most assuredly not in the Obama or Dem direction.

May wish to do likewise locally…having actual residents register, with real ID’s, and who do not like Obama nor the Dems…could be enough in each precinct to cause a major overhaul of the House next year.

Volunteer to drive them over to get registered….mow their lawn or rake their leaves after they register…whatever it takes (legally) seems prudent.

coldwarrior on August 31, 2009 at 3:37 PM

“…the question isn’t so much whether the GOP can win back control of the house”

Which GOP? The one we want, or the one we got last time?

Doorgunner on August 31, 2009 at 3:37 PM

No (Republicans won’t win the House), but we’ll win back 20 – 30 seats… MORE if everybody who goes to the Town Halls and Tea Parties registers AND votes!!

Khun Joe on August 31, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Until the Republicans quit practicing Moderate Beltway Elitism and return to Conservatism, they will continue to lose the trust and support of the American people.

kingsjester on August 31, 2009 at 3:38 PM

I remember 1994. Just a few weeks before the election, several pollsters were predicting a 10-12 seat pickup for the GOP.

It ended up being 54.

If they are predicting 20-30 seats this time, you can be sure it will be much higher.

Norwegian on August 31, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Be still my beating heart.

BadgerHawk on August 31, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Much as I hate to say it, I’d lay long odds against the GOP having the muscle to pick up 40 seats in the HOR. That really is a long way to go, even with obama and the Dem numbers where they are.

However, 25-30 seems very likely at this point. And if that happens, there will be a lot of Democrats who will say they will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker, some of who might threaten to support a Republican rather than San Fran Nan.

And that, my friends, would be pretty freaking sweet.

JohnGalt23 on August 31, 2009 at 3:39 PM

All I know is that they need to focus on winning back Congress, not the presidency. None of the current crop of contenders beats Obama in polls, and I suspect that he will win re-election with the help of organizations (take your pick among many) and, more than likely, a strong majority of the minority vote.

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 3:41 PM

We need a swing of 40 seats (79 seat difference / 2, rounded up) to take control.

I think doing that is possible right now and that an even bigger swing could be done if people like Rep. Carol Shea-Porter keep throwing constituents out of Town Hall meetings.

Even if the Republicans don’t fully take back the House, having it within about 10 will make it easy to peel off any remaining Blue Dogs to block unpalatable legislation.

teke184 on August 31, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Much as I hate to say it, I’d lay long odds against the GOP having the muscle to pick up 40 seats in the HOR. That really is a long way to go, even with obama and the Dem numbers where they are.

However, 25-30 seems very likely at this point. And if that happens, there will be a lot of Democrats who will say they will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker, some of who might threaten to support a Republican rather than San Fran Nan.
And that, my friends, would be pretty freaking sweet.

JohnGalt23 on August 31, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I’m just wondering who they would vote in as the new Speaker of the House. Steny Hoyer?

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2009 at 3:19 PM

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh God no!!!
*barfs*

FontanaConservative on August 31, 2009 at 3:44 PM

The House is a good place to get more seats, but the Senate is much more important in my opinion. We have a chance at 6 seats…yes, six!

Dodd
Reid
Specter
Boxer
Lincoln
Dorgan (I think he’s up this year)

SouthernGent on August 31, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Daggett on August 31, 2009 at 3:36 PM

I was thinking more like crooks on one side and…..crooks on the other

The Calibur on August 31, 2009 at 3:44 PM

They need to run on fiscal conservatism/libertarianism and limited government. No more running on gay marriage and abortion.

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Hear hear!

JohnGalt23 on August 31, 2009 at 3:45 PM

depends on a few things:

1) will there be elections without helpful people like the Black Panthers “aiding” voters?

2) will the printing press economy make the illusion of growth override Chairman Soetoro’s jobless “growth”?

3) will the counters count more than the voters….

hate to say it folks but if we goose this next election we’re likely going to have to aim lower for the coming races in ’12

sven10077 on August 31, 2009 at 3:45 PM

I’m just wondering who they would vote in as the new Speaker of the House. Steny Hoyer?

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Almost certainly Hoyer.

JohnGalt23 on August 31, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Just judging from the picture on this post I came to the conclusion that the two biggest issues are botox and embalming fluid.

backwoods conservative on August 31, 2009 at 3:46 PM

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Pretty much.

lorien1973 on August 31, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Fighting a war against the left requires more than a walk on the high road. they are sewer rats and have the MSM on their side. we must get conservative candidates with the energy and courage to fight the fight in the sewer holes.

rjoco1 on August 31, 2009 at 3:46 PM

The GOP has a much stronger wind at its back than they did in 1994 with the rapid decline of Democratic support, but they need to organize effectively to take advantage of it.

Not sure how you can make this conclusion, Ed. There is similar discontent with a President whose liberal agenda quickly became unpopular, but that isn’t enough to produce a massive shift in Congress, especially when you have to beat some entrenched incumbents to produce such a “wave” election. That means people have to be angry at the House Democrats as a group, and not just at the President.

There is no Newt Gingrich rallying Republicans and no Contract With America on the horizon. The GOP has failed to make Nancy Pelosi’s botoxed face a household image they way they did Tip O’Neill’s girth and white hair during the Reagan years – which they effectively used in TV ads as a symbol of a Washington that was fat and old. The RNC seems afraid to attack Pelosi personally. Yet the GOP attacked Tip O’Neill and then Jim Wright repeatedly. They arguably forced O’Neill to retire and forced Wright to resign. Unless they make this election a referendum on Pelosi as well as Obama, they won’t pick up many seats.

Most importantly, there isn’t (yet) an overarching scandal around the House Democrats like the House Bank scandal of 1993-4. That really was the tipping point for average voters. If the Republicans could mke similar hay out of the John Murtha earmark scandal, it would become a more similar election to both 1994 and 2006.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I have no faith in my party leadership right now.

William Amos on August 31, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Neither do I. But I do have faith in my fellow Americans that will not allow this country to be usurped and thrown into Marxist oblivion. Fight on, Patriot Party!

Key West Reader on August 31, 2009 at 3:49 PM

So all of your wildest fantasys come true and the pubbies control the house. Do you remember 2006 and 2008? The long knives were taken to the republican majority because they squandered the opportunity! We need conservative voices in the house and Senate! The we can spend us into oblivian republicans are no better than the dems. Don’t talk to me about moderation. We ran McCain for gods sake. He couldn’t even beat an anti american socialist like barry.

chicken thief on August 31, 2009 at 3:50 PM

They need to run on fiscal conservatism/libertarianism and limited government. No more running on gay marriage and abortion.

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 3:25 PM

What campaigns were run on gay marriage and abortion?

Those are the issues Democrats and the MSM bring up.

I don’t recall anyone saying “elect me and I’ll keep gay marriage and abortion illegal”.

NoDonkey on August 31, 2009 at 3:51 PM

With God’s help, all things are possible.

joe btfsplk on August 31, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Someone at the RNC needs to sit down with McCain and Hatch for a long chat. SOON!!!!!!

mobydutch on August 31, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Hear hear!

JohnGalt23 on August 31, 2009 at 3:45 PM

RINO!!?! Just kidding.

Agreed wholeheartedly.

But odds are for Shmuckabee winning my state again in the primaries.

jhffmn on August 31, 2009 at 3:55 PM

I remember 1994. Just a few weeks before the election, several pollsters were predicting a 10-12 seat pickup for the GOP.

It ended up being 54.

If they are predicting 20-30 seats this time, you can be sure it will be much higher.

Norwegian on August 31, 2009 at 3:31 PM

From your lips to God’s ears…

atheling on August 31, 2009 at 3:56 PM

They need to run on fiscal conservatism/libertarianism and limited government. No more running on gay marriage and abortion.

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Well if they start running a platform in support of gay marriage and abortion, they will lose my vote.

atheling on August 31, 2009 at 3:57 PM

I smell a crisis brewing.

faraway on August 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM

What campaigns were run on gay marriage and abortion?

Those are the issues Democrats and the MSM bring up.

I don’t recall anyone saying “elect me and I’ll keep gay marriage and abortion illegal”.

NoDonkey on August 31, 2009 at 3:51 PM

2004 mainly. The whole gay marriage thing was a great issue for them in 2004, but 2006 produced a whole lotta Dems, didn’t it? 2006 was about the economy and Iraq. You are right about abortion though, but what I’m saying is that social issues should no longer be front and center when it comes to the issues that Republicans can win on. Stem-cell research is also out the window. It wasn’t exactly a winning issue for Repubicans in the 2006 elections. They need to run on being fiscally responsible and for limited government. I can’t imagine, though, that anyone like Rand Paul (or, for that matter, his father) running as a Libertarian in a state like Kentucky. It just depends on the state they’re running in.

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Well if they start running a platform in support of gay marriage and abortion, they will lose my vote.

atheling on August 31, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Tis true, tis true. I am against abortion but couldn’t care less about gay marriage. Again, I’m just saying that nobody can really run on these issues. I think that’s part of what led us to this large Dem majority. They spent, spent, spent, and then they were defeated by Blue Dogs and sometimes liberals, who took advantage of bad situations in Congress. The Foley, Cunningham, and Ney scandals didn’t help any.

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Even if the GOP does pull this off, even less will not matter. It will give the GOP in the House more opportunity to champion conservative government principles and make their voices heard with the voters. Control would be nice, but opportunity for reserve and common sense to return is as nice or better. The House, as it is now, is a National disgrace in both its leadersip and its performance–I’m betting that most members of the House would like to see saner times return.

jeanie on August 31, 2009 at 4:03 PM

I haven’t seen any real leaders in the GOP for a long time. Where are they?

cjs1943 on August 31, 2009 at 4:03 PM

In an honorable world Reid and Pelosi would resign their leadership positions after such a defeat.

rob verdi on August 31, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Running safely in the Peoples Republic of San Francisco, Pelosi might get the chance. Reid, on the other hand, won’t be around to resign his position.

applebutter on August 31, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Can the Republicans try to not screw it up again by not acting like Democrats? They already have Snowe and Collins…..enough already with the Republicrat stuff.

Hening on August 31, 2009 at 4:04 PM

RINO!!?! Just kidding.

Agreed wholeheartedly.

But odds are for Shmuckabee winning my state again in the primaries.

jhffmn on August 31, 2009 at 3:55 PM

What state do you live in? I think Huckabee won my state, Texas, in the primaries.

NathanG on August 31, 2009 at 4:04 PM

I smell a crisis brewing.

faraway on August 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM

It’ll have to be a good one. Obama no longer has the credibility to convince America of a crisis. Unless the crisis is quite obviously in everyone’s face, that dog just won’t hunt.

applebutter on August 31, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Their best bet is to focus on economic freedom, fiscal responsibility, less government control, and free-market reforms that make sense. Republicans have to have a positive message for voters, not just a gainsay of Obamanomics.

Naaahh. That would be too easy.

bitsy on August 31, 2009 at 4:07 PM

I think that some people will vote Republican, just to get rid of Pelosi and Reid.

Terrye on August 31, 2009 at 4:09 PM

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