Priebus predicts ‘tsunami’ election

by Alexandra Jaffe, The Hill
March 19, 2014

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Tuesday predicted a “tsunami” election for the GOP this fall.

But Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) quickly rebutted her Republican counterpart’s optimism heading into the midterms. Facing a hostile electorate and a president with dwindling approval ratings, she nevertheless insisted her party’s tech advantage coupled with the GOP’s tendency to nominate flawed candidates would help her party hold the line in the midterms.

Each party leader’s remarks came a year to the day after the RNC released its 2012 election autopsy report, titled the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” which outlined a series of recommendations from an RNC panel to correct the problems that led to the GOP’s unforeseen losses in 2012.

And they marked, for Republicans, a decidedly more favorable landscape and optimistic tone for the party’s chances this cycle. A devastating special election loss for Democrats in a bellwether Florida district last week, along with President Obama’s persistently low popularity and nagging difficulties with ObamaCare, have Republicans predicting monumental wins this November.

“I think we’re in for a tsunami-type election in 2014,” Priebus told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast on Tuesday.” My belief is, it’s going to be a very big win, especially at the U.S. Senate level, and we may add some seats in congressional races.”

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2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CforUS says:

    The attitude that there will be a “tsunami” at the mid-terms is exactly the problem with the RNC. Big talk and little action. The more the RNC resists the “tsunami” of the Tea Party, the more they are likely to miss the boat. That’s the biggest reason most of my friends and I changed our affiliation from “R” to “I” more than 20 years ago when the Republican Party stopped being Conservative and became “Progressive”. Were our actions the beginnings of the Tea Party? I know we were not alone at the time.

    The RNC is being given a great gift here, A SECOND CHANCE. I had a long talk about this issue last night with my brother and our expectation is that they will blow it and continue doing things the way they are doing now, cutting sweetheart (or in come cases stupid) deals with the Democrats and spending more of our money to keep themselves in office or hooking up their buddies. It pains me to say, WHEN that happens, it will mark the end of the Republican party, and the beginning of a new Conservative party. It will take years to get on its feet as a power, with split votes to the Democrats advantage. But the current RNC leadership seems incapable of recognizing this opportunity.

  • mudguy1 says:

    That’s what was said in the 2012 election. And the infighting started and never stopped. They are still fighting the Tea Party for the help they were in 2010.

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