Republicans — after a rough and tumble 2012 election year — can and will regain the Senate, according to John Fund, national affairs columnist for the National Review.
“The sixth year of an incumbent president, voters tend to get very anxious and very nervous about the future and they tend to blame the party in power,’’ Fund told Newsmax TV in an interview Friday.
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“Look at the state of the bad economy and what is called the six-year itch.’’
Fund added that Democrats have acknowledged it’s possible for the GOP to win back the Senate, with the seats of several prominent lawmakers vulnerable.
“Right now there are six highly vulnerable Democratic seats and the Republicans need exactly six seats to take back the Senate and if they get lucky they may even do a little better than that,’’ Fund said.
He cited Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who he believes may retire rather than run for re-election, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana — both from states that Mitt Romney carried easily.
“In Montana, Max Baucus is a very vulnerable incumbent, and Michigan is going to have an open seat. Michigan often elects Republican governors, it has a Republican legislature. That’s a doable state.’’
Fund believes President Barack Obama has already flunked the first big test of his second administration — the battle over gun control.
“He overreached and he overpromised. After Newtown, obviously the public was shocked at the horrible tragedy,’’ said Fund, a Newsmax contributor.
“For the president to basically talk about, we’re going to tackle assault weapons ... We’ve had a ban on hundreds of so-called assault weapons and it didn’t budge the crime statistics much at all, if any.
“The president gave in to the temptation to rally his base, but not behind particularly realistic proposals — and that’s why they failed.’’
Obama’s 2014 budget proposal — which the GOP says it adds $8.2 trillion to the debt, $1.1 trillion in new taxes and $964 billion in new spending — can also be stopped, Fund predicted.
“The House of Representatives has made that very clear,’’ he said.
“We had revenue in December. We increased the income tax rates. We kicked in more taxes on medical devices through Obamacare. We had a whole series of tax increases take effect in January.
“The Republicans will say no to new tax increases, the president will say no to real, meaningful entitlement reform … We’re in prospect of seeing a lot of stalemate.’’
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