FLASHBACK: April 21.2009, Washington Post, Chris Callizza:
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) said in a recent interview that Republicans retaking the majority is not entirely out of the question in the 2010 midterm elections.
“I’m very confident we will pick up seats midterm if we do the necessary work of finding good candidates,” Cantor said. “I don’t remove the prospect that we could take the majority back in 2010.”
Is this simply spin from a House Republican leader who needs to say something to keep his members and the party’s grassroots base engaged? Or is there a real chance for a Republican House in 2010?
The answer is, it depends.
To be clear, the strong probability is that Republicans will pick up seats in 2010 but will come up well short of the 40-seat gain they need to reclaim control.
Michael Grunwald, Time magazine said:
“These days, Republicans have the desperate aura of an endangered species.”
(I can just see him rubbing his unbiased hands together in unrestrained glee.)
Fast Forward: November 2, 2010:
Republicans win control of the House of Representatives with a win of 61 seats – at least. There may be as many as 67 when all is said and done.
Republicans gain 6 seats in the Senate, only four short to win control. Harry and Barney and Madam Boxer slither through.
7 – maybe 10 or more governorships.
Now, slam on the breaks, take the keys out of the car, and have a Slurpee. 🙂