Attention Conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians, TEA Party Activists, 912 Activists: Do Not Get Over-Exuberant, Do Not Get Complacent
According to Larry J Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Republicans stand to make major inroads in the Senatorial and HoR elections this year, with a gain of 7 and 20-30 seats, respectively. Republicans also stand to pick up a handful of Gubernatorial seats. And there is still a possibility of even greater gains in all three groups of races.
But now is not a time to cheer or to get complacent. Like some football coaches say, “when you score a touchdown, act like you’ve been there.” Switching to basketball, if you’re the Boston Celtics, there’s no reason to cheer just because you made the play-offs.
Rhodes Cook said it’s not a big deal for a sitting President to lose ground in various elections, but to lose ground like President Obama has is, indeed, a big deal.
It is no embarrassment for the president’s party to lose the off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. Over the last decade or two it has become the norm. But the falloff last fall in the Democratic vote in the two states, plus Massachusetts, the site of this month’s special Senate election, has been eye-catching.
The chart he gave regarding vote-change is very eye-opening.