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A Republican Congress In 2014? GOP Senate Takeover Gains Momentum

March 28, 2013 by  

A Republican Congress In 2014? GOP Senate Takeover Gains Momentum

In the years in between Congressional elections, punditry over each party’s bid to control the U.S. House and Senate tends to die down. But with the announced retirement of one Senate Democrat who hails from a largely red state, political forecasters are reviving the 2012 election-season talk that predicts a GOP takeover when the 2014 elections roll around.

Senator Tim Johnson (D-S.C.) announced Tuesday he won’t run again when his Senate seat comes open in 2014. That brings to 21 the total number of Senate seats currently held by Democrats that will come up in the 2014 election cycle. Five of those 21 will be available because Democratic incumbents like Johnson retired.

That’s double trouble for the Democratic Party, because retiring Democrats from Republican-leaning States often take with them a measure of moderate, crossover rapport that dries up as younger and, often, more liberal candidates come on board. Johnson’s retirement marks the second instance of a Democrat — one representing a State that voted Republican in the 2012 Presidential race — stepping away from the Senate after his current term.

In contrast with the Democrats’ bid to retain 21 seats in 2014, Republicans must retain only 14.

Right now, there are 53 Democrats in the Senate and 45 Republicans. Two more independent Senators caucus with the Democrats. That means the GOP must gain at least six seats to form a simple majority. There might be other political eras when those kinds of numbers would present a tremendous challenge to GOP leaders. But in the lame-duck days of President Barack Obama, Republicans are already sharpening their knives.

“It’s murderous in 2014,” said The Washington Post of Democrats’ chances, back before the 2012 elections had even taken place.

The Obama voter-backlash factor could be decisive on a national scale this time, expanding far beyond the 2010 and 2012 backlash witnessed in conservative regions, where polls saw an abundance of straight-ticket GOP voting. Voters everywhere will finally be getting their first real taste of Obamacare — a big wild card that could strongly affect public opinion going into the 2014 season. And in order to retain some good will among even Democratic voters in all but a handful of predominantly urban states, the President would have to swerve course dramatically, between now and next year, on hard-line gun control, civil liberties, spending and White House transparency.

“The playing field and weather conditions are great for us,” a GOP spokesman told The Hill Tuesday. “Now we have to go out and execute.”

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Corkey

    Only good news IF they follow the Constitution. Both parties suck.

  • rendarsmith

    It depends on which type of Republican fills the seats (if that even happens). If they’re Republicans like Rand Paul there is hope, but if they are like John McCain we will see no change whatsoever.

    We need term limits in Congress! That will greatly improve our situation.

  • Fed up!

    That would be great if it happens. Having said that thought we would only get a bunch of Rino’s in charge. They are only out for them selves , not the American people. Until we conseritive’s start electing true conseritive’s not Lawyer’s and career Politition’s nothing will change

    • Alex

      The announced retirement of several Democratic Party senators is problematic for those people in favor of continued social progress, however incremental and painful it has become.

      These departures from office may indeed result in the GOP regaining control of the senate, which is a sad thought.

      Thank God it will only postpone the inevitable.

      You see, despite unrelenting attempts to link President Obama to Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler, to fashion for him concrete loafers from Solyndra and Fast & Furious and drop him into your Lake o’ Hatred, to ridicule his wife and children, he was still reelected by a considerable margin. The Democratic Party INCREASED their edge in the Senate and pulled colser in the House (actually outpolling the GOP in aggregate House votes—by FIVE MILLION!!).

      While it is a bad time for so many Senate Democrats to leave office, any potential gains made by the Right are sure to be short-lived because Conservatives have lost the youth vote—forever. Oh sure, the Fright Wing will high-five itself over small victories here and there, but the tide has turned and turned decisively.

      Young people are much less material-oriented than their parents. They are likewise much more tolerant of other people—-Gay marriage is here to stay and immigrants and foreign language speakers are not treated with the disdain heaped upon them by the moldy old folks of the Right.

      The youth of this nation and of the world are more concerned with healing an Earth ravaged by filth of Capitalism. Plenty of old people like me can still capture the imagination and humanity of younger souls—-we do it all the time; you do not—and lead them to a sustainable future. We can show them the folly of your ways—the reverse is not true. HAA!!

      The GOP will continue to fellate the wealthy at the expense of society and the planet we all share. Already, in spite of their disastrous showing in November, they have resumed the Tea Temper Tantrum of refusing to listen to their constituency and fight even the most sensible Progress.

      In 2014 the Reich Wing will attempt to show that the nation is still grinding its gears, even though THEY are clearly the wrench in the works. This may work, unfortunately, but only for a short spell and due only to the nervousness of middle-america.

      WE, the Enlightened, the hopeful, and the tolerant have the ear of the youth, not you. WE have your schools and WE have the social media and the Fright Wing just cannot compete.

      Taking the Senate and continuing the House stranglehold will hold no coin for the GOP in its effort to keep Hillary out of the White House. When she takes office the teenagers of today will be young voters and the young voters of today will be moving into decision making positions of power.

      In short, the old and tired fantasy of American Infectualism is dying. Thank God!

      • Michael Shreve

        You DO realize that Obama has MORE rich and famous sycophants than ANY Republican ever, right. The Obamas vacations alone cost taxpayers about 30 million. REAL unemployment and under employment is 21%. REAL inflation (including energy and food) is OVER 5% AND the stock market would COLLAPSE if it weren’t propped up by ENDLESS FED Quantitative Easing..

      • lindaS

        I hope to God Hillery doesn’t get in White House!! “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE (Hillery)” that our ambasadore and others were killed in Bengazie and you helped cover it up to save the election for the anointed one D.C.!!!!!!!

      • Frank Kahn

        Pure insane bull sht, you say the young ignorant people know better than the old wise members of society? You have this view because you have failed to achieve wisdom in your ?? years?

        Being tolerant of criminals is not wisdom, nor is it valuable to any nation.

        Being tolerant of deviants is not wisdom and can not be advanced in civilization without killing it.

        For once, I finally agree that death is the only solution to the problem of the liberal infestation. This world will not survive their insanity.

        The youth need teachers of true values, not the crap your kind spew. Homosexuals are deviant and abominations. They serve no purpose in furthering the survival of the species. The only tolerance they deserve is, to be left alone and ignored. If you are queer, keep it to yourself, I don’t want to hear about it. I don’t go around proclaiming I am heterosexual, so what is the need for them to prance about.

        If the government is allowed to make stupid anti-nature laws, lets make some that make sense.

        No homosexual is allowed to have sex with someone of the opposite gender. No homosexual female may be given any form of insemination for the purpose of procreation. Let nature decide who lives and propagates.

        You cant have it both ways, if you are homosexual you cant have children, that is a law of nature.

      • Alan

        Enlightened??? Now there’s a real hoot Alex…..lmao!

      • Alan

        Alex says: “Young people are much less material-oriented than their parents. They are likewise much more tolerant of other people…”. I have a question for you Alex. What planet do you live on where “young people” are “less material-oriented” and “tolerant”? The youth of today are exceedingly demanding in their approach to life in general. They whine for mommy and daddy to but them a new car, the most expensive clothing, IPods, video game systems, cell phones, you name it, the must have it all! As for being tolerant, well that’s probably the biggest joke of them all. The only sense in which they are tolerant is in the purely liberal understanding of the term. If you agree with them then yes, they are tolerant. But share a different opinion and watch just how quickly the SHTF. Get real. Your dogma doesn’t hold any water……

    • STEVE E.

      I agree. If we could get the Rand Paul types and not the John McCain types, that would be great. But I have much doubt that that would happen. There is just too many low information RINO voters out there.

      • texastwin827

        It has less to do with “low information” voters and a lot more with interference with and outright blocking, any candidate that the GOP Party hasn’t selected. Until that is corrected, the GOP will never be able to field good candidates.

        Anyone who actually thinks THEY select the candidates, in the primaries (of both party) is either very naive or isn’t paying attention!

  • Stephan F

    Mr. Bullard’s suggestion that Republicans might take the senate in 2014 is simply wishful thinking by republican die-hards (would it really matter anyway?). Not only will the dems easily hold the senate but they’ll take control of the other half of a totally corrupt congress by 2014. The reasons are as simple as 1-2-3:

    (1) the dems are supported by the vast majority of voters who are highly dependent on govt for their livelihood, and they’re well organized & completely in unison with their support.

    (2) the minority opposition (republicans & independents) are disorganized, splintered, befuddled, and have nary an idea in what direction to proceed (which way to the front???).

    (3) Repubs are good at raising big money for their candidates, but they pale in comparison to their crony-capitalistic democratic brethren. The dems have many more seemingly endless sources of money infusion coming to them which republicans can only fantasize about. And that gap will continue to grow larger as the dems perfect their homemade version of crony-capitalism.

    If you’re expecting (or hoping) for another republican come-back anytime soon, I’m afraid you may be waiting for a very, very long time.

    • Capitalist at Birth

      If that is the case, then there is no hope. Which means it is time to leave this country, which is all but finished.

    • http://personallibertydigest ron

      If the GOP sells out their morality and true beliefs,what good are they?If we say the murder of innocent children is ok and the execution of terrorists is wrong,what have we gained by taking the senate.If we go against the founders christian beliefs and say gay marriage is ok what have we gained?If we say personal responsability is now what can the government give me now,what have we gained?If we elect senators who don’t hold the constitution as the 2nd greatest thing ever printed,what have we gained?We are left to chose between atheist,communist,socialists or the totalitarians we now have.If we win elections and sellout our countries best interests we gain nothing.What are we to vote for,another dictatorship,facism., or totalitarianism?The soul of the country is at stake and to elect people who only want power is crazy at best.

    • texastwin827

      Stephan F “(1) the dems are supported by the vast majority of voters who are highly dependent on govt for their livelihood, and they’re well organized & completely in unison with their support.”

      Really? Obama/Biden captured 51.02% of the popular vote, which included all those mysterious precincts that somehow had more than 100% of eligible voters, show up.

      51.02 % of the people in the US, is hardly what I would call “the vast majority”

  • Kim

    There will come a time when those on the dole from the government will have their dole end; where will the Democrats be then? Put an end to the dole. Put an end an absolute end to 3 branches of government’s ability to opt out of any program that all the countrymen are under.

  • http://midcontent ridge runner

    The best hope for the USA existance comes from people like Dr. Carson and real people, who have done something in life, besides theorize and practice facism/communism like all dumborats embrace anything that is harmful to the USA and its citizens. The muslim marxist and his communist loving administration want to ruin our economy and put the USA under the dictator worshipping UN. Only idoits and wanna be communist/marxist shulbs would every vote for any democrat.

    • old hillbilly

      I agree – Carson appears to be for real & real good at it. Winning a republican majority would be much by itself with idiots like Baaanear & McConnell! Got to drum the progressive RINO’s – maybe get some good independents!

  • Warrior

    I wonder how many people now realize there were huge caches of chemical weapons in Iraq? Oh Martha, say it isn’t so. Yep kids, it’s true.

  • rendarsmith


    Not saying you’re wrong, but I have yet to see that. Do you have a link or know where I can find information on this?

  • Capitalist at Birth

    Sorry, I believe all of Sadam’s functional chemical weapons were transferred to Syria before the invasion.

  • Warrior

    Just spoke yesterday with a returning vet who served two terms in Iraq. 2003 and 2007. Confirmed. MSM’s narrative is “gubmint propoganda”.

  • Michael Shreve

    You can EASILY find the FACTS which were reportedto the SENATE in 2005. One source is

  • Deerinwater

    Where there was or not ~ still does not make Chemical a WMD. ~ We know that Saddam had them , so obliviously they where there. ~

    As far as “goberment spin” ~ that’s nothing new, ~ why point out a single media outlet? ~ What point is trying to be made with such a statement? ~ That “FOX” is the only media that presents the straight skinny? ~~ Well, ~ that works for me ~ if you wish to be that mislead. ~ I discontinued viewing TV for news, some years ago ~ and I’m pretty certain little has changed since then. ~ If you want to know what’s happening you need to be there and even then ~ it’s not always clear. You might know “what” but not know “Why”

    As for midterm shifts in congressional power, ~~ A That’s a “Giv’me” and again , nothing new, ~ traditional , a “minority” will gain some seats.

    2014 Midterm election will be a time for the GOP to get excited. ~ They made a comeback in 2010 ~ that pulled their out of a political wilderness they got themselves into back in 2008. ~ “Up ” was just about the only direction left for them, unless they planned on contracting the White House yard work.

    Attrition in the DNC has given the RNC many opportunities to leap ahead during Obama’s tenure. ~ while the RNC continues to try to sale it’s same keg of rusty nails, year in and year out.

    Well? ~ with maybe one exception ~ I think Karl Rowe’s ~ notion that an election can be based and won on “Character” ~ can be retired, I don’t that we will see that sort of nonsense again.


    The “media” is a wholly owned subsidiary of the corporate state. You have a half-dozen corporations — Viacom, General Electric, Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp, Disney, Clear Channel — that control almost everything most Americans watch or listen to. They hold up political puppets as part of this charade to deflect attention from where power actually resides, and that’s in the hands of corporations.

    It’s impossible within the American political system to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs, and so we don’t hear anything about climate change, the poor — the rural and urban poor are rendered invisible in this country. And they’re really suffering at this point…

    We don’t hear anything about the assault on civil liberties, whether that’s the Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act, or warrantless wiretapping, the use of the Espionage Act to shut down whistleblowers — the misuse of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force Act, giving the executive branch the power to assassinate American citizens. And climate change – we should have … given the crisis which is now confronting the ecosystem on which the human species depends for its existence, we should have climate scientists on every night. And none of that appears, because it’s all driven by celebrity gossip, trivia — and yeah, okay, Fox will spin it one way and MSNBC will spin it another, but it’s all the same tawdry, useless garbage.

  • Vicki

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