Tuesday, October 2, 2012
FRSFreeStateNow: Talking Points Memo: Introducing The Senate Scoreboard: Why The Senate GOP Needs Mitt Romney
Just after 1994 when House Democrats lost their majority, in the next three elections, 1996, 98 and 2000. They came close to taking back the majority but kept coming up short, there would always be something that got in their way at the end, 1996 it was President Clinton China Scandal in October. Before China, House Democrats were projected to pickup 25-30 seats, giving them back the majority, 1998 they had another great opportunity going in, very popular Democratic President, booming. Economy but of course instead of talking about these things in 1998 and what Congressional Republicans, with Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott, Democrats were forced to defend Bill Clinton. Over the Lewinski Scandal but because of how badly the House GOP Leadership played that, Democrats did manage to pick up five seats in the House after picking up I believe nine in 1996. In 2000, if Al Gore doesn't blow the first Presidential Debate with bad body language, he would've been seen as the clear winner of that debate and perhaps opening up a solid lead in Florida. And that might of been enough, to give House Democrats the seven or so seats they needed to take back the. Majority, as well as opening up leads in other States, the "October Surprise", has generally hurt House Democrats, since 1996.
Senate Republicans were in similar situation today, that House Democrats were in the mid and late 1990s, as well as. 2000, going into elections where they should've done very well but the problem they have is Mitt Romney. At least right now and their candidates and vulnerable incumbents, have to run with Mitt Romney, whether they want to or not, he'll be on the same ticket and unless Mitt pulls this election. Out, even though they only need a 3-4 seat pickup, because of now who they have running against Senate Democrats and some of their vulnerable seats they need to hold, Indiana, Maine, Nevada, to use as examples. Senate Republicans won't win back the Senate without Mitt Romney winning the Presidency.