Republicans are in danger of losing the sole branch of government where they hold sway - the House of Representatives - in the 2014 midterms, warns a Wall Street Journal editorial.
Their House majority is the only leverage the GOP has while Democrats hold the Senate and the White House.
Why is the WSJ so concerned? It's because Republicans are embarked on what looks like a Kamikaze mission to force a government shutdown in hopes of defunding Obamacare. Voters may blame Republicans for the shutdown, "given the media's liberal sympathies and because the repeal-or-bust crowd provoked the confrontation."
Some Republicans think they are sure to hold the House in 2014 no matter what happens because of gerrymandering, but even those levees won't hold if there's a wave of revulsion against the GOP. Marginal seats still matter for controlling Congress. The kamikazes could end up ensuring the return of all-Democratic rule.
Sounds like liberal wishful thinking. The House and most likely the Senate will be ours in 2014. We need it if we are to mitigate the devastation from the obamacurse health care legislation being rammed down our throats.
I think the house will remain (R) due to GOP gerrymandering. As always the (D)s will receive more votes though. There is a slight chance that the senate will go (R) but I think it will stay (D).
The biggest chance the (D)s have of taking the house is if the kind of people that you support get on TV and talk. Every time a Tea Party type speaks a few more (R)s become undecided and a few more undecideds decide to vote (D).
The terror. Imagine, they won't be able to vote to repeal romney/obamacare another 40 times.
As tempting as the fantasty might be I think a combination of gerry mandered districts and growing discontent with obama will keep the gop in control of thd house, but they could lose some seats. I think the greater worry for GOP is losing a couple seats in the senate...
Of couse the WSJ wrote this, they also wrote the counterpiece to the NYT piece about bloomingidiot Bloomberg. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions, which the House is now doing, and which Dems haven't done, at least not for decades, and at least not for what was in the best interest of country above votes and party.
@JimCO55: I think you have it backwards. The majority of Democrats seem to find Benghazi a phony scandal, but Independents and Republicans don't. Post/CNN poll and Huffington Post polls had similar finding to Fox's polls.
@JimCO55 I can't open a Media Matters link where I am, but using Media Matters to buttress an argument is like a Republican referencing Alex Jones. I believe all conspiracy theories, myself - Elvis built Stonehenge, you know.
Washington (CNN)- A slight majority of Americans are giving the White House low marks for how it has handled the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to a new national survey.
But a CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday also indicates that a more solid majority of the public doesn't believe the Obama administration intentionally tried to mislead Americans on the September attack that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead.
The simple fact was that Benghazi was a failure of the guards that were hired to protect the compound ... they all ran away, no Libyan died in defense of it. Compare that to the attack on the consulate in Herat 3 days ago, 7 attackers died while 2 Afghani police officers and an Afghani guard died defending the gate ... no US personnel were injured.
0bysmalcurse socialized medicine is becoming less popular among the people. You have idiots in CONgress pushing for more gun control despite the loud and clear message from Colorado in those recall elections. Not saying it'll be a GOP victory, but it certainly won't be a liberal one either.
@AceLuby I didn't think Obama would get elected again either. It's not much of a leap if enough people are fed up with current in-actions. I don't smoke, just said it would be interesting if it happened.
Doesn't matter if your Republican or Democrat .... if your for War, Obamacare, Patriot Act, Outsourcing Jobs, Tax Breaks For The Rich, Increasing Government's Size & Power, etc..... basically your a worthless, fence riding, backstabbing, lair of a politician ... I hope you get your ass voted out!
I think Boehner has to fight Obama tooth and nail on a number of issues. First on Obamacare, he should put a bill forward to delay implementation for individuals until corporations are forced to comply. As much as Obama can cry about that, it is only fair. Second, the President is not going to debate about the debt ceiling. It is not necessary. Pass a budget, cut funding for specific agencies, cut the deficit, then let the Senate vote to close down the Government. In general defund all regulatory agencies to the extent that they have to fire at least half of their regulators. These agencies have done their job. Keeping regulators hired just means more regulations. That is the last thing we need.
Of course they COULD, I think there's a strong possibility of it, there are too many people fed up with both parties, and too few fed up with the Dems. Boehner has become the poster boy for what's WRONG with the GOP and I think there's a chance he'll be the albatross.
Our local newspaper's website had a story up earlier today about a primary challenge to Boehner, but now it appears to have been taken down. I know the people of his district want to be rid of him, but they won't vote for a Democrat instead.
This is liberal wishful thinking. Due to the fiasco of obamacare, I doubt the dems will hold the senate. Even staunch democrats like the AFL-CIO hate obamacare. I think most people will welcome a government shutdown merely to cut the budget and possibly force the dems to deal with the deficit.
Fact: Democrats are always better for the deficit and the economy in general than Republicans are.
You say "force the democrats to deal with the deficit" but you don't realize that if they had their way they would.
"Personal disposable income has grown nearly 6 times more under Democratic presidents Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown 7 times more under Democratic presidents Corporate profits have grown over 16% more per year under Democratic presidents (they actually declined under Republicans by an average of 4.53%/year) Average annual compound return on the stock market has been 18 times greater under Democratic presidents (If you invested $100k for 40 years of Republican administrations you had $126k at the end, if you invested $100k for 40 years of Democrat administrations you had $3.9M at the end) Republican presidents added 2.5 times more to the national debt than Democratic presidents The two times the economy steered into the ditch (Great Depression and Great Recession) were during Republican, laissez faire administrations"
ONe thing I know for sure is that there is no way the Republicans will win the Presidency again until they deal with their problem with minority voters.....and they seem to be going the opposite direction on that.
Either we can vote them out OR they can shut down the government. The result of complete overhaul of current government is the same. Incidently, we've had shut downs before. Stop the "sky is falling" rant.....seems to be the Journal has a stake in the government NOT shutting down.....should give one a little clue as to where their allegiances are.....
Liberals fail to understand the depth of disgust and anger the majority of Republican voters have for the current GOP leadership and it's refusal to take a stand against Obamacare and excessive federal spending. We are not angry with the leadership for failing to "co-operate" with the Democrats. We will not be voting for Democrats instead of Republicans, we are hoping for the worst of the cowardly Republicans to be challenged in their primaries.