No. 2 House Democrat says easy for Republicans to lose control of the House
October 22nd, 2013
04:04 PM ET
1 year ago

No. 2 House Democrat says easy for Republicans to lose control of the House

Washington (CNN) - The number two House Democrat predicted Tuesday that after plummeting poll numbers following a two week government shutdown it's easy to see how Republicans could lose control of the House of Representatives in 2014.

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer recounted a conversation to reporters on Capitol Hill that he had recently with Charlie Cook, a top political handicapper who publishes regular analysis of congressional races across the country in the Cook Political Report.


"The fact is I told Charlie: you think historically it's hard for us to win, but my observation is it's pretty easy for them to lose," Hoyer said, referring to House Republicans.

Hoyer told reporters "my optimism level is good," citing recruiting efforts by House Democratic campaign chairman Steve Israel, D-New York. He pointed to two red- leaning districts in Arkansas where he thought Democrats had opportunities to pick up seats.

The Maryland Democrat emphasized that although the top GOP leaders backed the final deal to re-open the government, the majority of House Republicans voted against it - something that will cause voters to change the leadership of the House. "I think what you see is a party [the GOP] that the public does not believe is making common sense.

Democrats need to win back 17 GOP held seats next November to take back control of the House.


Filed under: 2014 • House • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Are dems aware that over half of Americans have a negative impression of them? Laughable to hear them talk about 75% disapproval as if they are so loved when 1 out of 2 feel exactly te same about them

    October 22, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Vote out all GOP traitors next year and bring sanity back to government!

    October 22, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Steny who?

    When was the last time Hoeyer did a TV interview or appeared on the Sunday talk shows? Most Democrats have never even heard of this guy. He's the Democratic counterpart to Eric Cantor, and he's nowhere near as well known as Cantor.

    October 22, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    Hey Tom, there is one thing that makes a Dem. look good; a REPUB.. Especially the Tea Party brand.

    October 22, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. just saying

    so did they do polling for each of the house republicans against actual democrat candidates? this all a bunch of bs because that is the only matchup and poll that matters. if the republicans didn't lose the house when obama was at the top of the democrat ticket, they stand little chance of losing it when he is not on the ticket. democrats are living in a fantasy world. they are far far more likely to lose the senate because of those 9 red state democrat senators getting the boot as they deserve.

    October 22, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tom

    Are dems aware that over half of Americans have a negative impression of them? Laughable to hear them talk about 75% disapproval as if they are so loved when 1 out of 2 feel exactly te same about them
    ***************
    Yes, that may be true, but its significantly better than where the GOP is sitting right now. The GOP is in worse shape now than they were when they lost the House in 2006 and where the Democrats were prior to 2010.

    October 22, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    Tom

    Are dems aware that over half of Americans have a negative impression of them? Laughable to hear them talk about 75% disapproval as if they are so loved when 1 out of 2 feel exactly te same about them

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    However, the Dems' poll #s are on the way up while the rethugs' numbers are at bargain basement levels and still headin south!

    October 22, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Are dems aware that over half of Americans have a negative impression of them?
    --------------------------------------------
    Have you seen republicans approval rating? Last time I checked is was dwindling down around 24%. Keep fooling yourself. The government shutdown and near default lays solely at the feet of the republicans and we will make our voices heard loud and clear next November.

    R.I.P.G.O.P. 11/14

    October 22, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. teaparty days are numbered

    True, democrats are disliked but, GOP/TP are just plain hated.

    October 22, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. just asking

    teaparty days are numbered
    True, democrats are disliked but, GOP/TP are just plain hated.
    -–

    after 6 months of obamacare disaster, those numbers will flip.

    October 22, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    so did they do polling for each of the house republicans against actual democrat candidates? this all a bunch of bs because that is the only matchup and poll that matters. if the republicans didn't lose the house when obama was at the top of the democrat ticket, they stand little chance of losing it when he is not on the ticket. democrats are living in a fantasy world. they are far far more likely to lose the senate because of those 9 red state democrat senators getting the boot as they deserve.
    ***************
    keep dreaming. If anything, the dems will pick up seats in both houses. The GOP did critcal damage to itself thanks to Senator Green Eggs and Ham, and since he is intent on repeating the same failure over and over again, the only party being damaged is his own. All the primary challenges from the TP will do is bring up another slate of unelectable candidates for the Dems to roast alive: its Akin Time all over again! There are over 34 House candidates who either are in districts Obama won or lost by less than 2 %, more than enough to tip the House. Since your party is bent on self-destruction, get used to " Speaker Pelosi".

    October 22, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Sensiblycentered

    Sadly, the Rs have demonstrated themselves to be utterly untrustworthy in terms of fiscal responsibility. First, the total crash Obama walked into. Now, the shutdown and threat of international economic destruction with this latest debt ceiling insanity.

    October 22, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Not unless the Dems commit wide spread voter fraud........AGAIN!

    October 22, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. ja

    they can do no wrong according to the people that put them in office, my logic say they never should have been elected, most americans have short memories or none when dealing with the gop

    October 22, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Tom

    Well gee, I guess I should give a hearty congrats to all of the dems here for being less hated. Quite an achievement for all of you!

    October 22, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    Not unless the Dems commit wide spread voter fraud........AGAIN!
    ***********************
    Where did it happen last time? And the time before that? And the time before that? Funny, though, we keep finding all these examples of GOP voter suppression: care to comment, secession boy?

    October 22, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    If CNN polls are to be believed, 75% of respondents stating that "Republicans don't deserve to be re-elected" is a big hurdle for Republicans to climb. With or without Obamacare talking points.

    Hey, I know. How about John Boehner starts promising JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

    Memo to Mr. Reince Preibus: Start talking jobs.
    Signed: Frank Luntz

    October 22, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Tom

    Perhaps dems can go with the slogan "Only 2 out of 4 hate us! That's way better than 3 out of 4! We're dems! We love mediocrity and crow about it! Have you seen healthcare.gov?"

    October 22, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    teaparty days are numbered
    True, democrats are disliked but, GOP/TP are just plain hated.
    -–

    after 6 months of obamacare disaster, those numbers will flip.
    ************
    Afterat least 2 more shutdowns and near defaults, people won't notice that. The tactical genius of the GOP will ensure they will screw up, while the website problems are quietly dealt with.

    October 22, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. brad

    just one problem, they have redrawn these districts in such a manner that there is no way they will loose the seat.

    October 22, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Tom

    What does Nate Silver say? He says repubs will keep the house. But he's probably an idiot now, right?

    October 22, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Meh...he's just talking the talk and being optimistic. No biggy. The numbers game is tough in reality though: the gerrymandering is pretty heavy and the geographic issues hard to overcome. Remember...the Dems running for the House in 2012 won 1.3M more votes than the GOPers and yet the GOP still held onto its control of the House (altho they lost a few seats). The GOP/Teatrolls will have to keep screwing up by maybe threatening another shutdown etc. in order to create enough of a gap. Right now the generic ballot favors Dems by about 8% to 9% and it would need to about that for them to eke past the systemic hurdles and gain control.

    October 22, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Not unless the Dems commit wide spread voter fraud........AGAIN!"

    I'll let all the illegals hiding under your bed know so we can get them voting asap.

    October 22, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    Don't get complacent, Dems and Independents: Get out and vote, especially on November 4, 2014.

    October 22, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. goldenpipewrench

    All the Democrats need is for the Republicans to run extremists again. If they go too far right and allow the Democrats to take up the center it will destroy them.

    October 22, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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