Chris Matthews: Fla. Special Election Loss Is Dire Omen for Dems

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 03:07 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Alex Sink's loss in Tuesday night's House special election in Florida is a sign of doom for the Democratic Party, said Chris Matthews, and he expects that the party will not be able to hold its majority in the Senate.

"It's going to be very hard to hold the Senate," Matthews said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program Thursday. "I think we heard from the Ghost of Christmas Future this week. They're going to lose the Senate."

For Democrats to have more of a chance of holding the Senate, they will have to change their fighting strategy, said Matthews, but he said even that might not even work.

"The Democrats are in kind of a conciliatory, soft mood," he explained. "They want to negotiate, they want to make deals across the aisle, they want to fix Obamacare. On the Republican side, it’s much harder. They want to get rid of Obamacare plain and simple and they don’t want to negotiate so much."

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Instead, Matthews said, Democrats should "get out there and put a strong, bold picture on what the Republicans would like to do and say that's what they're going to do" when it comes to issues such as abortion rights, Medicare, and Social Security.

But Republicans still have "passion" on their side because of issues like Obamacare, and Matthews predicts more Republicans will come out to vote this November.

Republicans need to swing six Senate seats currently held by Democrats to take back the Senate, which will give the party control of the entire Congress. Meanwhile, there are vital races in seven traditionally red-leaning states — Arkansas, West Virginia, Montana, Alaska, North Carolina, South Dakota and Louisiana — this year.

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