Skip to comments.GOP Senate Massacre Of ‘08 (A Dick Morris Prognostication)
Posted on 05/21/2008 8:45:36 PM PDT by Red Steel
While Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hangs in there, locked in a tough race with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the Republican undercard is facing obliteration in the 2008 general elections for the Senate. Polling suggests that a massacre may be in the offing and one thats possibly even greater than the worst of previous GOP years: 1958, 1964, 1974, 1986 and 2006.
Scott Rasmussen, whose site, www.rasmussenreports.com, follows these races closely, is producing truly hair-raising polling data.
Of the open Republican Senate seats in contention, Democratic victory seems very likely in Virginia (Democratic former Gov. Mark Warner now has 55 percent, while fellow former Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore stands at 37) and New Mexico (where Democratic Rep. Tom Udall takes 53 percent to GOP Rep. Steve Pearces 37 and 57 percent to Republican Rep. Heather Wilsons 36). In Colorado, Democratic Rep. Mark Udall has a narrow lead over Republican Bob Schaffer (45-42). Nebraska would seem safely Republican, but a humongous black turnout in Mississippi could elect former Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, just as it led to a Democratic congressional victory in a bi-election this month. Score them: two Democrat, one leaning Democrat, one leaning Republican, and one Republican. A net loss of two or three seats.
And then there are the endangered incumbents. Three GOP senators are actually behind their Democratic challengers. Alaskas Ted Stevens is behind Mark Begich by 47-45. Elizabeth Dole trails Kay Hagan in North Carolina by 48-47. And Jeanne Shaheen is well ahead of John Sununu in New Hampshire, 51-43. Stevenss legal problems and the likely huge black turnout in North Carolina make all three states lean Democratic at this point.
Even when GOP incumbents lead, they are perilously under 50 percent. In Oregon, as of this writing, Gordon Smith leads Jeff Merkley by only 45-42 and Steve Novick by 47-41. And in Texas, John Cornyn leads Rick Noriega by only 47-43. In addition, Norm Coleman in Minnesota is hanging on by his teeth against Al Franken, 50-43; Susan Collins is only narrowly ahead of Rep. Tom Allen in Maine, 52-42; and in Kansas, Pat Roberts holds only a 52-40 lead over Jim Slattery. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky may also be in trouble.
So, among incumbents, score it three leaning Democratic, two tossups, and three leaning Republican.
Overall, thats a likely Democratic pickup of five seats, with an eight-seat gain possible, and, in a partisan wipeout, a 12-seat shift.
In all likelihood, the filibuster will still remain a theoretical Republican option, but, in practical terms, may be beyond reach, especially if Obama wins the White House.
Driving the GOPs imperiled Senate situation, or course, is a massive shift in party identification. While the two parties are normally about tied in party ID, the Democrats now enjoy a 44-30 advantage in the latest Fox News poll of April 29.A combination of the Iraq war, gas prices, the credit crisis and a looming recession are dragging down the Republican Party, big time.
So is a president with a 28 percent approval rating. Bush needs to go out and tell America that things are bad, but not that bad. There are solid signs that the economy may not be tanking after all. Unemployment, while rising, is still at historic lows. The credit crisis has not led to a wholesale collapse of the financial industry and the instability appears to be easing. And, in Iraq, we are approaching a more stable situation with lower combat deaths. Bush, who has largely been hunkered down in the White House, needs to hit the trail and move his ratings up into the mid- or high 30s, not an insurmountable challenge.
Will the endangered Republicans recover? Most have prevailed, in the past, by lifting their personal ratings out of possible danger early in the race. But when long-term incumbents find themselves mired in the high 40s or low 50s in vote share, it indicates a massive voter desire for change that is not likely to abate.
In the House, the incredible three Democratic bi-election victories, combined with the retirements of so many Republican incumbents, indicates that the GOP may be facing disaster there as well.
This is not a good year to be a Republican.
You’d think the GoP would be paying attention to avoid icebergs this go-around.. huh?
we are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed.
Thank goodness we have Hillary and her followers on our side!
And Dick Morris is always right! / sarcasm on.
How many predictions has Dick Morris (D) been right about?
I am beginning to feel that way too.... I think it is inevitable that Barrack Obama will win it.. I also think that his Presidency will end violently with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans on his head....
at that point I told you so just won’t cut it....
If the dems get 60+ votes in the senate big government socialism will be on the way!
I’m sure gun control will be near the top of their agenda, so buy your guns and ammo now, while still you can.
While I would normally discard anything Morris says, this has the feel of impending doom. After today’s pork override, no one will believe the Republican’s claims this time around. McCain MIGHT squeak in, but Republicans are in trouble all over because the brand is so polluted now.
The old ongoing joke on FR was that whatever Dick Morris said, the opposite happened. :-)
I was worried until I saw it was another prediction from the toe sucker. I predict at least five changes to this prediction before Labor Day.
Laura Ingraham ripped him a new one on O’Reilly tonight.
She was awesome.
He did not enjoy having his Idiotic pontificating questioned.. at all.
Dick is right this time. It’s going to be a bloodbath. And all because of the ever-escalating cost of gasoline.
That was the main thing that did Carter and the Dems in, in 1980.
And there’s no reversing the gasoline and other energy prices beore November.
The Pubbies are screwed.
I am glad that Dick Morris is predicting this.
It insures that it won’t happen.
I predict 20% of Hillary’s supporters will vote for McCain. I predict the coat tail effect of this will be catastrophic for Dems across the ticket.
Morris predicted a Hillary-Rudy race. With Hilly the victor.
And the Dem Congress cannot be blamed for energy prices?
I almost (almost) spilt my glass of zin and cider on that one.
“Only narrowly ahead of Rep. Tom Allen in Maine, 52-42; and in Kansas, Pat Roberts holds only a 52-40 lead over Jim Slattery.”
I am sure Pat Roberts will take a 12 point lead over the opposite.
The Democrats are MORE DESERVING OF DEFEAT THIS YEAR THAN EVER.
They have behaved horribly on taxes, spending, the war, economy, everything.
And Obama is a terrible candidate.
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