Either John Boehner is either calling a major bluff or he had a great epiphany recently.
According to CNN, the Speaker of the House admitted that Republicans have about a one-third chance of losing their majority position in the chamber this upcoming fall. This admission came as a surprise to many who are used to cocky grandstanding from the GOP, even when the voters may not fully back their positioning.
Boehner could feel that his party is in trouble for a few reasons, such as:
- It’s a presidential election year and a Democratic incumbent is the favorite to win.
- The Tea Party has underwhelmed, over-promised, and remained as fringe as ever in the House.
- The biggest accomplishment of the Republican House has been blocking Pres. Obama’s priorities. A platform of obstructionism is a hard sell.
- Voter turnout is usually higher in presidential election years. This can make races harder Republicans when lots of Democrats come to the polls.
If Democrats are smart, they will take copious notes of Boehner’s statements. It’s not a moment of celebration, but rather a strategic opportunity to rally their base and Independents when Republicans feel weak. The GOP did the exact same thing when they took the House from Democrats in 2010.
Boehner’s full interview is set to air on FOX News on Tuesday.
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