October 16th, 2007
07:45 AM ET
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Can Republicans take back the House in 2008?

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, became the first female Speaker of the House in January 2007 after Democrats won control of the House in the 2006 election.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at the challenges the GOP may face in the House in the next Congressional election. Watch Schneider's report.


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  1. steve Loudon, TN

    she, like her commie buddies, want to tax your 401K etc. for excess profits at a 100% rate and give it to those "poor" people (who didn't bother to advance themselves, work hard, educate themselves, just steal into this country in order to steal from the rest of us....THIEVES, I really, really despise them....

    October 15, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  2. erika morgan black dimond wa

    Things look very dim for the GOP, but what do they expect, a platform that says each person in responsible to only advance themselves no matter who they walk over doing it. A platform that indicates that if an individual is having a hard time it must be because he personally at fault, a sinner somehow and deserves only distain. I won't say anything else but yes you can read between the lines here.

    October 15, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  3. Frank Virginia Beach VA

    We do not care who has the house in 08, so long as it is not Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. They have proven to be the most unprofessional, irresponsible individuals this country has had the misfortune and embarrassment to endure. They have mocked the Americans and shut down the processes of the Congress. The world has watched in disbelief as one would witness a strong and reliable friend destroy themselves daily, purging themselves of every dirty secret and unsavory liaison in its past, to die in defeat and disrespect. No longer the proud and honored country is once was. Reid and Pelosi have succeeded in dragging America through every filthy situation they could conjure up, whether truth or lie. Listening to the leader of an enemy country speak the same words verbatim that were spoken repeatedly by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi chills the blood and soul of America's patriots. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi must go.

    October 15, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. Eli Blake Joseph City AZ

    It seems like they are somewhat soft as well, in terms of what it takes to run as a minority.

    Smaller offices, less staff, suddenly being on the wrong side of a bunch of rules they themselves wrote when they were in the majority that were designed to strengthen the house leadership and squelch the ability of the minority to offer amendments or draw out the process like they can in the Senate, and the result: GOP retirement after retirement after retirement.

    It sounds like they are giving up, or at least a lot of their members are.

    October 15, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  5. Kim, Peabody MA

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the rest of those morons from the “House Committee on Foreign Affairs” should be impeached and charged with treason!

    There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for jeopardizing our Troops in Iraq by forcing such a hypocritical issue with Turkey - Our much valued and needed Ally…

    Every American should read this and contact their Senator and Congressmen or Congresswomen immediately!

    http://www.grassoforpresident.com/site/Viewer.aspx?iid=11945&mname=Article&rpid=3861

    October 15, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. James Ziolkowski, Buffalo, NY

    The liberals took over Congress by lying to their liberal democrat voters and look where it got them. The liberal Democrat Congress has a 11% approval rating, the lowest in our history.

    What do you think if you get a liberal democrat running for president? The same thing. Lies from Hillary Clinton has hurt my state of New York.

    October 15, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Michael Richards, Omaha, nebraska

    No way do we want anything to smack of George Bush and his Vice President. The last eight years we have had a president who becasue he is a true believer and unable to change has made mistake after mistake. The common folk have been left out of the republican party. I will remember them on election day by toasting the change by the beer I can now buy. Whoops gas prices, health care, losing the pension plan at my work. That beer has long been gone, the republican stole it and gave it to Bill Gates.

    October 15, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  8. Trollmaster, CA

    This isn't even a real question.

    The question is how many more seats are Democrats going to get in 2008?

    While one can point out many problems with Democrats, Americans are fed up with Repubilcans. Their Iraq plan (or lack of a real plan) of keeping over 100,000 troops there, and spending 100 billion borrowed tax dollars per year on this mess for an unlimited amount of time (Because the Iraq people will never get their act together) is a surefire loser, and no way to win an election.

    October 16, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  9. laurinda,ny

    They certainly will not! Hopefully they will never run this country again. They are very underhanded cold people. If you don't agree with them they try to knock you out of the way. Democrats are not at all like that. Dems are for all the people, Repubs are out for themselves.

    October 16, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I don't understand the question. Can Repellicans even come close to holding their current minorities?

    October 16, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  11. therealist

    Nothing could possibly rank worse than our pitiful 110th Harry and Nancy show. Have they accomplished anything yet?

    October 16, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. Brian Williams, Crofton, KY

    It doesn't matter. Both parties are slaves to special interest. The Dems have sold out every bit as much as the Repubs. Politial parties either need to be abolished all together, or we need a viable third party. Desperately.

    October 16, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. joseph, austin, tx

    I love how you justified your socialistic views of the world. You fall victim to the fact you think these dems care about you, they just want your money so you will be depedent on them. At least repubs want to limit their role in your life, give you the chance to grow, better then sitting around waiting on big brother to take care of you. You to can read between the lines. Get the worst congress in history (both sides)out they all are a bunch of idiots, and we really need to get away from the mentality of punishing success, just because someone is successful doesnt mean they stepped all over people to get their.

    October 16, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. Robert Davey

    To all the right wingers that have responded.

    Get your pleasure venting here because in 2008, the leaders of the country will all be Democrats....in the White House, in the Senate and in the House.

    Your choices had 8 years to implement their policies and we have, drum roll please, a war without most allies based on lies and mis-statements, world wide contempt, felony ridden officials, "good job Brownie", "Mission Accomplished", Abu Grahib, WMD, "Old Europe", "we will be greeted as liberators", ""Democracy in Iraq", need I continue. It is time for change and change will be coming.

    October 16, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Moe, NY

    NO. America has had enough GOP corruption. The Republicans have ruined our country with their greed.

    October 16, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. J Houston, TX

    In the end, it matters little because both parties serve the elite power structures in this country.

    Bingo! Give the man a dollar. Neither party cares about us, as evidenced by the low approval ratings of Congress. Even individual parties are unhappy with their own representatives.

    The Democrats in Congress are only concerned with maintaining control and power at any cost. They will make any promise no matter how unrealistic or foolish. Vote Democrat and everyone in the US will be a millionaire!

    The Republicans have completely lost track of their values, selling out to business lobbies. This "biofuel" BS is producing MORE CO2 than streamlining standard fuel process lines. The Iraq war is a mess because of undercommittment and miscalculations from the start. A noble idea, it has turned into an absolute mess. Meanwhile spending has gone through the roof, and despite the HIGHEST TAX INCOME the country has ever seen, we are further in defeceit spending. The tax cuts worked, the economy is stronger than analysts think (the Bears always cry "wolf"), and this could've been the chance to pull things together for the next generation. Oops.

    October 16, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. DH Saginaw, MI

    I must wholeheartedly agree with Kim of Peabody, MA. Pelosi and Reid have made their sole mission in life to undermine George Bush and the United States military.

    If this continues, America's heartland will see that the Democrats have not been a viable alternative and Republicans will do better than conventional wisdom now expects.

    October 16, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Daniel

    Democrats are keeping the House for sure. If anything, just look at the number of competitive seats in Ohio that are held by the GOP! The Dems are in a great position and will pick up seats. Check out these house rankings.

    October 16, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Don Longmont, CO

    I think we need to throw both party's out of office and elect independents who will represent the will of the people.

    This Congress has such a poor approval rating because they are not addressing the important issues facing this country. When was the time you heard anyone actually passing a bill addressing immigration, the economy or health care. No, it is so imperative to address an issue the occured a century ago.

    October 16, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Chris, Middletown, CT

    It might happen...but there are tons of people like the ones in the blogs who will believe anything they are told....
    Hillary and the other Democrats voted for the war...and voted to fund it...now they have backed away...its now "Bushs War" – and they believe that

    The Left will say "Bush made up the intelligence" – yet there is no proof of this....and yet they say it as fact

    The SCHIP bill could of been passed with a 20 billion dollar increase – the Democrats proposed a number they knew would get vetoed...then told the mindless minions that Bush hates children...and they believed it...

    Keeping in mind that the Democrats voted for the war...and funded the war (as well as the Republicans) – the Universal Health Plan – will cost hundreds of billions...and continue to increase as population and no tort reform are factored in....wonder where this came from – read Hillarys thesis on Saul D. Alinsky – she was one of his best students....a goverment that does everything for you....where there are no "wealthy" – they should be punished....sound familiar?? (it should...it defines her campaign)

    October 16, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Al, NY NY

    We do not care who has the house in 08, so long as it is not Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. They have proven to be the most unprofessional, irresponsible individuals this country has had the misfortune and embarrassment to endure. They have mocked the Americans and shut down the processes of the Congress. The world has watched in disbelief as one would witness a strong and reliable friend destroy themselves daily, purging themselves of every dirty secret and unsavory liaison in its past, to die in defeat and disrespect. No longer the proud and honored country is once was. Reid and Pelosi have succeeded in dragging America through every filthy situation they could conjure up, whether truth or lie. Listening to the leader of an enemy country speak the same words verbatim that were spoken repeatedly by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi chills the blood and soul of America's patriots. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi must go.

    Posted By Frank Virginia Beach VA : October 15, 2007 11:11 pm
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    This is what is wrong with the GOP. Unfortunately for them, they did EXACTLY the same thing when they were in power. Instead of focusing on real issues, all we heard was Monica, impeachment, and the rest of their drivel. I guess it hurts when you're no longer the bully on the block eh???

    One of the main reason Congress (including Republicans) has such low ratings is that with a small minority like the Democrats have, getting anything past the Chimp-boy and his lemmings in the congress is a battle no matter how well-intentioned and logical it is. I am looking forward to seeing a large increase in Democratic numbers in the House AND Senate

    October 16, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Jim, IA

    Bob in SF,

    I don't understand your logic. You rail against the "dummies" fooled by Republican "propaganda", so you clearly have a very low opinion of Republicans and those that would vote for them (~51% of Americans in 2004). While at first you seem to argue that more Democrats are needed to eliminate the "slim margin of majority power" in order to bring about change, you end by calling Democrats and Republicans one in the same: both servants of the "elite power structures".

    Who do you like? Who do you consider to be intelligent? Is it only those that share your exact opinions? How enlightened is that way of thinking?

    October 16, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. mary, san antonio, tx

    I always thought that our "representatives" in DC were supposed to represent the best interests of the people and of the country. I have only heard about these people lining their own pockets and those of their families and friends. I guess the thought of honest people with integrity in our nations capitol is just a pipe dream. Like many people I am frustrated and very disappointed with our so called people in our government, you would think that knowing this that they would make an effort to do the right thing. What ever happened to "support and defend the constitution of the United States," at least what is left of it.

    By the way CNN, why aren't you reporting ALL of the facts about our representatives? Not just what they want us to see and hear?

    October 16, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Sally, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    After the mess the Republicans have made during the last 7 years?

    After the lack of action we've seen the Democrats make since they took back control?

    I say drop both parties, create new parties and DO NOT ALLOW anyone who makes over $50,000 a year to EVER run for office. Let's let the poor and middle class be the only ones who can run for office. Let's see if America can get back to what America really stands for - a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

    October 16, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Mike, NY

    It's easy to say the Dems will keep Congress and take the presidency in 2008, and earlier this year it may have been true. But the Democrats are being such idiots, I wouldn't be surprised if Republicans take over again.

    October 16, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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