If the midterm elections go the way Republican strategist Karl Rove believes it will, the GOP will take over as the majority in the U.S. Senate. The GOP will also remain the majority in the House with a modest increase of four to six seats, according to his op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal Friday.
Rove went on to say, "The GOP will most likely end up with 50 or 51 Senate seats (in the former case, keeping Vice President Joe Biden fully occupied for two years presiding over the chamber). Control of the Senate may not be decided until December's Louisiana runoff.
Gloating over his 2013 predictions, Rove noted Obama’s approval rating did indeed fall "from 53 percent at year's start to 40 percent this week. There was a new administration scandal, the most significant being the IRS targeting of conservative groups. And Obamacare's implementation was indeed 'ragged and ugly' and 'a continuing political advantage to Republicans' as forecast," he added.
However, Rove did misread his unemployment prediction. "Unemployment hit 7 percent instead of 8 percent; Syria's Bashar Assad remains in power; Fidel Castro is still alive, and President and Mrs. George W. Bush got a granddaughter, not a grandson. In one instance, the results were half-right, the debt ceiling was raised, but Mr. Obama wasn't forced to make spending cuts in return."
Rove was also quick to mention that GOP unity grows healthier due to the Obamacare mess. A trend he sees likely to continue in 2014.
Rove, founder of the Republican super PAC Crossroad GPS, said "Tens of millions more Americans will lose their coverage and find that new Obamacare plans have higher premiums, larger deductibles and fewer doctors. Enrollment numbers will be smaller than projected and budget outlays will be higher. The White House will blame insurers and Republicans for the law's continuing failures."
Other predictions fopr 2014 included Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will retain her position despite the disastrous Obamacare roll out and "Support for Obamacare will drop below 30 percent, causing congressional Democrats to clamor for major changes and delays. The administration will resist most such ideas, except lifting the individual mandate penalty for 2014."
We shall see Mr. Rove.
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