The fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation has put the Republican energy "at a 10" for midterms, a veritable "Kavanaugh effect," according to former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.
Something incredible has happened over the last couple of weeks, and that's called the 'Kavanaugh effect' on Republican voters," Priebus told Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y.
". . . Well, before Kavanaugh, Democrats were are 10. They can't stand President [Donald] Trump, so they are at a 10 to defeat Trump. Republicans were at like a six. They're happy with the economy. They're happy with the wins that we had. But they weren’t at the level where they needed to be. Well, now they are at a 10."
Priebus told host John Catsimatidis midterm elections were about "mechanics" and "voter enthusiasm" and "getting the juice" to affect turnout with your base, adding Democrats' attempted obstruction of Kavanaugh has temporarily put the Senate majority back into the GOP hands for midterms.
"So the Kavanaugh effect is you basically shut out the Senate, and now it's up to each individual House district how you communicate about the Kavanaugh situation – how we can communicate about that in moderate districts is really important across the country."
Priebus, meanwhile, sees the GOP's House majority as a "coin flip" right now and the "last week of the campaign is going to make all the difference in the world."
"I think it's a coin flip," he said. "I think it's anyone's guess.
". . . The economy is so strong, but thank-you votes in midterms usually don't cut it . . . It's usually something else that inspires voters in a midterm."
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