Washington (CNN) - Karl Rove predicted Thursday that the political outlook for Republicans looks sunny, but bleak for Democrats heading into the midterm elections. This shouldn't be a surprise coming from President George W. Bush's top political advisor.
In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Rove discussed the 2010 elections including the possibility that Republicans will retake the House.
"I think, you know, before health care passed, I was saying 23 to 30," Rove said in the interview on John King, USA about the number of seats he expected the GOP to win. "I think the number's going to be slightly higher now.
He added, "But it could conceivably be a Republican majority in the House."
As for Senate Democrats, Rove believes they should also worry.
In his estimation, if the election were held now, Democrats "would be lucky to get 51" seats, perhaps even less, Rove said. Less than 50 seats would mean that Republicans would return to power in the Senate. If it were a 50-50 split, Democrats would retain the majority because of Vice President Joe Biden's vote as president of the Senate.
In the interview, Rove said Democrats may not escape, what he called, "the wrath of the American people." He cited anger over the new health care law and recent Republican victories in the Virginia and New Jersey governor races, and Republican Sen. Scott Brown's success in Massachusetts.
Rove added, "There are concerns about the failure of the stimulus bill, there's anger about cap and trade, the spending record of this administration and the flow of red ink coming out of the Obama White House are already fueling a lot of voter angst."
However, Rove also warned his own party. "You cannot surf a wave of discontent with Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to victory. That'll only get you so far," Rove said. He urged Republicans to lay out conservative solutions to the nation's problems as a way to win in November.
Rove was asked about one slogan Republicans say they plan to use: "repeal and replace" the new health care reform law.
"No Republican is out there saying, take away the $40 billion in small business tax credits in this bill," he said. "What they are saying is, get rid of the $466 billion in subsidies to insurance companies that begin in 2014, and get rid of the $434 billion of federal dollars, plus hundreds of billions of dollars as state dollars for Medicaid expansion. Let us find a less costly way of solving this problem."
Rove said the expansion of Medicaid will not completely ramp up until 2017, and said the same about the expansion of the new insurance "exchanges" created by the law.
"But the pain starts now, with higher premiums, drug companies starting to raise prices to take care of the $2 billion in taxes they're going to get hit with next year," Rove said.
Rove also discussed the selection of Dick Cheney as Bush's running mate in 2000.