Ace political strategist Dick Morris, a Newsmax contributor, was right on in predicting huge Republican gains in last week’s elections well before many others. And he’s looking for a repeat performance by the GOP in 2012.
Of the 23 Senate seats held by Democrats that will be up for election in two years, “I counted 13 that we could take away,” Morris tells Newsmax.TV. “The most vulnerable is probably Ben Nelson from Nebraska, who will probably be DOA [dead on arrival] for his vote in favor of healthcare reform.”
Other Democrats who can be picked off include Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Jim Webb of Virginia and Bill Nelson of Florida, Morris says. All those states turned Republican in last week’s elections.
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“In the House, there is a good chance of expanding the number of [GOP] seats, because the election will be conducted under the newly apportioned lines that are drawn by a large number of Republican governors and legislatures,” he says.
A study shows that Republican governors and legislatures unilaterally control the drawing of lines for 190 House seats, while the number is only 70 or 80 for Democrats.
As for 2010 elections still to be decided, Morris says the GOP will come out ok whether the contested Alaska Senate seat goes to incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski, who ran a write-in campaign, or Republican Joe Miller, who beat her in the primary.
“While I think Murkowski is part of a corrupt dynasty there and should be replaced, I think Lisa would have to vote with Republicans because of pressure from Alaskans themselves. So I think either way we’ll be ok there.”
Morris still holds hope that Republican David Harmer can come out on top over Democratic incumbent Jerry McNerney in the unresolved race in California’s 11th Congressional district.
“California is so gerrymandered by the Democratic legislature that with 54 members of Congress, not a single one changed hands by party while the rest of the country was going through convulsions,” Morris says. “This is an object lesson of the vile political system that Democrats have installed in California.”
As for outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Morris says she can lead the Democratic House minority as long as she wants. “She took the precaution of making sure that all of the people who would oppose her have lost for re-election,” he says.
“The only Democrats left in the House, except for a handful of moderates, are extreme liberals who see nothing wrong with Nancy Pelosi.” Morris agrees with other Republicans that Democrats aren’t hearing the election message by keeping Pelosi in power.
“Nancy Pelosi practically grew horns in the election. She was so correctly vilified by voters,” he says. “When you look at Obama saying it was the economy that cost him control of the House, not his misguided policies, when you look at Pelosi staying there long after she should be gone, it’s pretty clear they not only don’t get the message, they refuse to listen.”
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