October 16th, 2007
07:45 AM ET
11 years ago

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. John Lawton, Lockport NY

    I agree with the opinion that the democrats' little stunt with Turkey was treasonous, as impossible as it would be to actually prove that in court.

    The GOP does have cause for concern in this election. Most voters are motivated by the loudest voice and the most grandiose promises that benefit constituents personally. With that in mind, Hillary is making expensive promises that will most definitely win her the democratic nomination, and the leading Republicans are not very appealing to the "religious right".

    October 16, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. John Werth, Redmond, WA

    The tenor of the conservative messages here illustrate why the Republicans will always have a chance: the attitude of the right-wing base. In their world, Democrats aren't wrong, they're actively evil, and with that level of fanaticism the GOP can never be counted out.

    Logically, of course, almost none of these comments make any sense. For example:

    1) Most Republicans are Christians, but somehow it's a bad thing when Democrats care for the poor. Similarly, it is ridiculous to say that that somehow the Democrats "hate the troops" they are trying to save by bringing them home. I have no problem with questioning their methods, but at least admit that liberals' hearts are in the right place. (Side note: if you want to know whether or not this Congress is "liberal", go find an actual liberal and ask them. They're almost as angry with Congress as conservatives are.)

    The gridlock in Congress is entirely the fault of Republicans. When Democrats used the filibuster (relatively rarely, by the way), the GOP threatened to overturn all the rules of the Senate to remove that rule. Meanwhile, the Republicans are now on pace to break the all-time record for filibusters by a wide margin, some by their own admission serving no purpose but to clog up the works and give the Dems a bad name. In both cases, the supposedly brutal, win-at-all-costs Democrats rolled over and let the GOP have what it wanted.

    America's reputation abroad has not been damaged by Democrats. To the contrary, our allies have been shocked by the behavior of the Bush administration and are hoping the Democrats gain control of the government.

    I could go on, but it would serve little purpose. Read the messages on this list from conservatives, and ask yourself if any of those minds could be changed by logic or reason. When you think the other side is evil, there's nothing to discuss.

    October 16, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    I can understand why Americans are upset with Congress.
    The D,s are mad because those they voted for aren't doing anything.
    The R's are mad because they lost their 6 years of blank checks and unaccountability.

    October 16, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. mary, san antonio, tx

    Right on Sally. You are so right. Isn't that the way it should be. I'm tired of the rich, the multi-national companies and others that do not have the good of this country involved in politics. What happened to "by the people for the people."

    October 16, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. John Lawton, Lockport NY

    Just to follow-up on my previous comment, in answer to the question posed, yes the Republicans can take back the House, but I think they will need to have a strong candidate for President. The disgraceful actions and words of the Democrat leadership will help, but Republican voters, and particularly the religious right will need a reason to go to the polls.

    October 16, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Wilfred Mendes Cumming , Ga.

    The party that believes in National
    security should be the leader in congress in 2008.Every other issue is secondary to this. You can't have negotiations with irrational, tyranical leaders. We did this with Iran and in 1979 and got nowhere.
    "Walk softly and carry a big stick"
    It worked for Teddy Roosevelt and with
    the end of the cold war , also for
    Ronald Reagan. So Hillary talk away we can see thru all your rhetoric.

    is more true today than when

    October 16, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |

    Not only will the Republicans not win back the house but they will lose even more seats. They will be a minuscule bunch of crony bootlickers to a dying dogma. I predict the GOP will ultimately go the way of the WHIGS. However I do hope that we get beater and more dynamic Democratic leadership in the house and senate.

    October 16, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. therealist

    Well, at least, the second women majority leader won't have such a high bar to overcome to surpass the first women majority leader’s achievements..

    October 16, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Janet T., Salt Lake City, UT

    Nancy Pelosy and Harry Reid can't get anything done because of Republicans protecting Bush. In spite of Republican congress, Republican Senate and Republican president, except for the tax cuts, Iraq war, and conservative judges what have Republican congress has achieved in 7 years of power? With a clear majority of dems with their president, they can do wonders.

    October 16, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Joe, Iowa City, Iowa

    The first person who should be tossed is Nancy Pelosi. This who Turkish/Armenian genocide issue from some 80 years ago is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in politics! Allies in the Middle East are few and far between and straining a positive relationship that exists today for events that occurred 80 years ago shows no concept of politics at all. Are there a select group of people who care about this issue and are very passionate about it? Sure. Is it worth messing up foreign relations with an ally today? Not even close! So congratulations Nancy! Being the first woman speaker is doing you well! Instead of spearheading issues of today like the war or immigration or homeland security you are focusing on the "correct" documentation of events 80 years ago. Way to effectively serve your country and be a complete idiot at the same time! I would rather see one of the porn stars who frequently run for governor in California take your seat as I'm sure one of them would do far less to ruin foreign policy.

    October 16, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Republicans probably realistically had no chance of regaining the House in '08. However, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, and Schumer continually go 'far,far out of their way' in pumping life into the Republican Party. It is solely due to the irresponsibility of the afore mentioned group of 'bought and paid for allies of MoveOn.org'the give the Republicans a 'very real' chance of regaining their foothold. The best thing the Dems could do would be to insist that the 'fantasy foursome' not be interviewed or shown on TV. The fact that this can't happen gives Republicans HOPE.

    October 16, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    I'm truly afraid that if Conservatives can't advance some better candidates, we as a nation are doomed.

    Think your taxes are expensive now? Just wait until the liberals have veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress.

    If that happens, there will be no use in even getting out of bed in the morning to go to work, because more than half of everything you work for will go to Washington to "help out" dirt bags who won't get jobs.

    A "Womb to Tomb" Nanny State is exactly what these liberals have planned for this nation. Don't believe me? Those may be my words, but they are a spot-on description of the liberal agenda.

    And who exactly is going to pay for all this lovely Womb to Tomb care? You, my friend. You.

    It wasn't great in previous generations when actual DEMOCRATS were in control of both Congressional houses. But with the batch of Radical 1960's LIBERALS (notice, liberals are indeed different than old fashioned Democrats of my grandfather's day) who currently run the Congress, previous generations' Democratic Congresses will look like Conservatives by comparison.

    If they get a veto-proof majority, we will witness the twilight of this truly great nation. Our economy will collapse under the increased load of substantial new taxes that is sure to follow. What was a beautiful experiment in human freedom will be no more.

    Reagan forced the tax rate cuts of 1981 and the economy has boomed ever since (including everything else booming along with the economy: the nation, investment and reinvestment, increased jobs, low unemployment, increased incomes, greater wealth creation, the growth of 401ks and "the common man investor," products, expansion, opportunities, entrepreneurism, etc. etc. etc.).

    If we revert to the insane tax rates that swamped and nearly sunk Jimmy Carter's America, we will truly have only ourselves to blame for voting these fiscally-inept people a veto-proof majority.

    "(Insert diety of choice) help this nation."

    October 16, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Rodney Dallas TX

    The republicans don't stand a chance and they know it. That's why the are all retiring.

    October 16, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    America's reputation abroad has not been damaged by Democrats. To the contrary, our allies have been shocked by the behavior of the Bush administration and are hoping the Democrats gain control of the government.

    How about some actual details John of how the world is shocked by the behaviour of Bush.

    How happy is our ally Turkey with us right now because of Nancy Pelosi's actions? They are not going to let us use their space if that resolution get's passed and that will hurt our TROOPS bigtime.

    Isn't Condi working things out with Israel and the Palistinines as we speak?

    Didn't this admi do a good job in regards to North Korea and their nukes.

    Good stories, that get scant coverage by the MSM.

    Is it the phony MASSIVE torture story that the MSM ran with, but was BS?

    Abu Gharib perhaps, where a SMALL amount of our brave men and women were tarnished by a few who did wrong? Not as big of a story to the MSM, but ALL involved were tried and convicted in court.

    Even though members of both parties and other world leaders and the United Nations are all on RECORD, that Saddam was an immediate threat, we shouldn't have gone to war?

    He stupidly underestimated the enemy, but he thought he was doing the right thing.

    I get it,Bush the moron was the only one that thought Saddam was bad and every other source, was just misled by this moron?

    When the Democrats were in power John, we were getting US installations home and abroad bombed over and over again, I know "we were so loved back then"?

    How about some details John. I am just wondering where you are coming from.

    October 16, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. jkp, ny, ny

    The very best part of being a democrat today is not having to care about the rants of republicans.

    they've alienated their moderates; failed at every single economic, military, and social policy they've enacted in the last eight years; and been caught in every sort of scandal from sex to perjury to stealing.

    the best they can muster are rants about their opposition (from a sitting position of course – not having any legs to stand on.)

    October 16, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Kim, Peabody MA:

    Thank you.

    I was sick to my stomach when I heard that "Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she intends to move ahead with a vote on a resolution that labels the deaths of more than a million Armenians during World War I as genocide."

    This woman (together with her buddy Harry Reid) hate their own country – she not only did disservice to all of us here in the US by proclaiming she "will move ahead with a vote on a resolution", she betrayed each and every soldier fighting for her freedom overseas in Irag and Afghanistan. How shameful.

    We've had enough with Democratic leadership.

    October 16, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. David, Dallas Tx

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

    And Frank of Virginia Beach, VA said: [Pelosi and Reid] have proven to be the most unprofessional, irresponsible individuals.... They have mocked the Americans and shut down the processes of the Congress. [Congress is now] purging themselves of every dirty secret and unsavory liaison in its past, to die in defeat and disrespect…. Reid and Pelosi have succeeded in dragging America through every filthy situation they could conjure up, whether truth or lie.

    Let’s get real—it’s not Pelosi’s or Reid’s fault that so many Republicans have ethical problems. Wanting to help the less fortunate is associated with high ethics and morality; buying your vote by putting more money in your pocket via lower taxes, on the other hand, is associated with quid pro quo morality. If you vote ‘em in….

    And as far as this Congress getting nothing done, one has to look no further than the record of Republican filibusters. At the rate they are going, they will not just set a new record for filibustering in Congress, they will nearly triple the old record.


    You want Congress to act? Toss out more Republicans. If the Democratic majority gets strong enough to break filibusters, you'll see a great deal get done.

    I think others have the right of it—the Republicans are more likely to lose seats, not gain them. And Congress will be better for it.

    October 16, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    What have the weak liberals in charge of the Senate and House accomplished since they took over? Noting, nada, zilch. If Reid, Pelosi, and Billary are the best leaders your parties have then you really are lost.

    Like it or not libs, you have painted yourself into a corner your can't get out of with your positions on national security, socialist healthcare, higher taxes, etc. Americans have seen you for what your are and your record low approval ratings show it.

    October 16, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    It's going to be a sweeeet day when I get to read all the whining on this blog when the blame America first liberal traitors lose their majority in House and Senate.

    October 16, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Rocco , Wellington, Fl

    The slim majority Dem's hold in the senate allows the Reps to filibuster and that is why nothing gets through Congress. The one thing I want to see out of the house is the war funding bill attached to the troops being redeployed. I would not give Bush one more dime without a withdrawal timeline period.

    October 16, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. BODO, Allegan, MI

    Frank, Virginia Beach –

    Were you in a coma for the first six years of the Bush Administration?!? If you think the last nine months compares, you don't even need to answer – we can all tell.

    October 16, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. RightyTighty

    The last time the dems had the White House and Congress, it was the first Clinton disaster and lasted barely two years. Before that, was Jimmy Carter. I'm not worried..

    October 16, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Personally, I'd prefer to see a split House and Senate. No more single party domination of both houses of Congress.

    This way, the more tangled up and snarled they are, the less damage they can do. With Congress, no legislation is good legislation.

    Next, I'd recommend they get rid of the air conditioning in the Capital buildings, too. When it gets too hot and humid in the sticky DC summers, these self-congratulatory blow-hards can simply go back to their home districts.

    Again, limiting the time they're in DC, limits the damage they can do.

    October 16, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Cenn, CA

    To all you right wingers complaining about Dems pushing through a bill to condemn the Armenian genocide:

    You people are truly disgusting!!!

    You guys would have fit right along at the holocaust denial convention next to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and David Duke.

    As America has done with slavery, Native Americans, and Hawaii, why can't Turkey admit the mistakes of their past instead of being in denial.

    Being allies with genocide deniers is too high of a cost to pay to ally with that nation. You people saying we should not pass this resolution are a disgrace.

    October 16, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Paul C., Palmetto Bay, FL

    Congress is a self serving organization but it would be hard press to find an Administration and Congress that is more destructive that the past 7 years.
    Let me count the ways:
    -Unending Iraq war through unbelievable arrogance.
    -Double the national debt.
    -Political Justice Department.
    -Placing FEMA in Homeland Security.
    -Outsourcing war to cronies.
    These are only some of the major disasters. I will vote for anyone that is not a Republican.

    October 16, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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