And they know they might not even keep the Senate.
The same people who are claiming that the Tea Party is killing the GOP and that the Republicans need to “rescue” their party from the clutches of the Constitutional extremists, are also admitting that they are going to lose ground in the House of Representatives and that they might lose the Senate.
With Democrats’ grasp on the Senate increasingly tenuous — and the House all but beyond reach — some top party donors and strategists are moving to do something in the midterm election as painful as it is coldblooded: Admit the House can’t be won and go all in to save the Senate.
Their calculation is uncomplicated. With only so much money to go around in an election year that is tilting the GOP’s way, Democrats need to concentrate resources on preserving the chamber they have now. Losing the Senate, they know, could doom whatever hopes Barack Obama has of salvaging the final years of his presidency.
So all this ranting about how the government shutdown had destroyed the chances of the Republican Party was just stupid. The claim that the Affordable Care Act will win over the nation was nothing more than a fantasy. The Democrats are hurting badly.
But with their party weighted down by an unpopular president and his even more unpopular health care law, many Democrats are worried about the election. And their anxiety is most pronounced about the Senate.
One handicapper recently characterized the battle for that chamber — Republicans need to net six seats to win control — as a “coin flip.” Making up their 17-seat deficit in the House, on the other hand, looks like a nonstarter for Democrats; it would not be surprising, some pundits say, for Republicans to expand their House majority.
Whenever you hear about how unpopular the Republicans are and how they have hurt themselves by opposing the Democrat’s welfare programs, just remember this article. The Democrat’s know they are unpopular. They know they could lose the Senate.
So let’s work hard to make their fears a reality.