Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, February 25, 2014
Even firebrand liberal Chris Matthews is convinced that the GOP will control both chambers of Congress in 2015. The MSNBC host proclaimed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that the Democrats are likely to lose at least five seats in the Senate this November, calling it a “rosy scenario” if that’s all the party loses. He predicts, however, that as many as ten Democratic seats could flip at the end of the day.
“To the Democrats, this election, a rosy scenario is to lose five Senate seats, not six,” he said. “They could lose 10. And so what they’ve said is, ‘If we’re going to lose 10 seats potentially,’ and they could well do that, a big sweep, they’re going to the battle stations.”
Matthews attributes this probable shift to the fact that both parties – not just the Democrats – have spent the last few months pandering to their bases and not moderates, thus putting Democrats at a disadvantage in a year in which the GOP already has the advantage.
“Nothing on Social Security. All-out talk about minimum wage. Nothing on trade. … Nothing’s going to get done, because both parties have gone to their base,” Matthews added.
Matthews is not alone in questioning whether the Democratic Party can keep the Senate this fall, either. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted the morning after the State of the Union that while she thinks Democrats can win a few seats in the House this November, she’s doubtful the party will win back the chamber. Republicans currently have a 33-seat majority in the lower chamber.
“Yes, I do think in 2015, I’m not going to confidently predict that Democrats will take the House back, but what I will predict is that we’re going to pick up seats,” Wasserman Schultz told POLITICO’s Jake Sherman.
Republicans, knowing the electoral math is in their favor, have even begun to campaign in traditionally Democratic areas to strengthen their ranks in Congress. The party is hoping that the problems with the healthcare exchanges in Maryland and Oregon, for example, are enough to make voters in these liberal bastions consider voting Republican this November. Open Senate seats in conservative states like South Dakota and Montana, as well as top-tier Republican recruits like freshman Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, also bode well for the party.
Watch Matthews’ comments below.