John Boehner is feeling quite confident these days. Measuring the drapes in Nancy Pelosi's office is one thing. Measuring the Democratic party for a political funeral is quite another.
Boehner said he believes there is no seat that the GOP cannot win during this election cycle, judging by Sen. Scott Brown's (R) improbable win in January's special election in Massachusetts.That's a hell of a high bar to put up. The loss of a hundred seats would represent not just a GOP victory, but the effective and total collapse of the Democrats as a political force in the country. It would make 1994 look like a cake walk.
Reflecting Republican optimism that they can win back control of the House this fall, Boehner said 2010 has the widest playing field for Republicans in a while.
"Let me remind you that Scott Brown won the Ted Kennedy Senate seat in Massachusetts," Boehner said during an appearance on National Public Radio. "If Scott Brown can win in America, there isn't a seat in America that Republicans can't win."
When pressed for a number, Boehner said he believed the GOP could win as many as 100 seats in this fall's elections." At least 100 seats," Boehner said when asked how wide the playing field for districts is. "I do," the top House Republican answered when asked if he thinks there are 100 seats in the U.S. "that could change hands."
It also makes Orange Julius there look like he's higher than a kite on Mount Everest. A hundred seats in the House, John? Really? Even worst case scenario (the dreaded Rasmussen Reality) the Dems lose what they did in 1994, 50 and some change. But one hundred?
Look, as much as the Dems may have screwed up, I just don't see how the GOP fundamentally changes the reality of space and time in order to gain 100 seats in the House after the drubbing they've gotten in 2006 and again in 2008. I think the GOP taking back the House is a majorly outside shot, I'm sticking with maybe 30 in the House and 6 in the Senate.
Even if my worst fears about the Dems' goofy national ID card crap come true, that's still 50-ish seats they lose. Remember, confident, cocky, sloppy, dead. Orange Julius is biting off way more than he can chew here. The fundamental problems of the GOP still remain. The voters aren't that unhappy with the Dems, and they certainly don't trust the Republicans more than they do Obama on many of the issues.
As much as you can count on the Dems finding a way to screw things up, you can count even more on the GOP being an arrogant bunch of assclowns that start believing their own echo chamber delusions of grandeur.
Marking this one down to revisit in November...