August 2nd, 2010
12:56 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrats, GOP both see glass half-full for midterms


 House Minority Leader John Boehner and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have high expectations for their parties. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(CNN) - Republicans are predicting big wins in the November midterms. Across the aisle, Democrats are saying the same thing about their chances at the polls. But both can't be right.

Republicans speculate that they will take back the House - and possibly the Senate - as voters express their frustration at where Democrats and President Obama are taking the country.

"I think it's pretty clear that the American people are tired of the job-killing agenda in Washington, D.C. They want the spending spree to stop," House Minority Leader John Boehner said on "Fox News Sunday."

"I think we're having a good year, but we've got a lot of work to do before the Election Day on November 2," he said.

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  1. Robert

    ["I think it's pretty clear that the American people are tired of the job-killing agenda in Washington, D.C. They want the spending spree to stop," House Minority Leader John Boehner said on "Fox News Sunday."]

    hmm....isn't that yours and the GOPs fault the eight years under Bush? at least the Democrats are spending here at home instead of pissing it away on Halliburton and Blackwater. at least they are trying to help the economy instead of driving us into a recession that you all caused.

    August 2, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The GOBP is going down. I can't wait for the silent majority in this country to kick the republiKKKlan party out of Washington.

    August 2, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Leslie

    Look at the expression on "Boners" face, that's the same expression he has when it concerns the average American, he could care less!

    August 2, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. gt

    well nancy"s glass is half full... with swamp water,,, charlie rangel and maxine waters are making the glass clouldy with seedy dealing and missing tax money... drain the swamp ,, yea right..nancy ,,,,

    August 2, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. jenn, philadelphia

    I just got a new monitor with HD. After taking a look at the above picture, I'm wishing I had the old monitor. These are 2 people not made for hi-def.

    August 2, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. vwrtb

    auto workers unite! vote no to the party of no in november! Teachers of America unite! Vote no to the party of no in November! Construction workers unite! Unions unite! Women's rights proponents! Nurses! Police! Firemen! Unite! Yeah... Republicans stand a chance! Lmbo!

    August 2, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. NYCitizen

    I just read a news article regarding the State of Virginia's motion regarding the unconstitutionality of Obama's Health Care. The presiding Judge, apparently, wrote a 32-page Decision regarding how there will be more oral arguments on these motions. Just will be proven that it is unconstitutional to force people to buy health insurance or face a penalty, this falling under the insterstate commerce provisions of the Constitution. Looks like the Republican's glass will be two-thirds full come mid-term elections and I can'[t wait!

    August 2, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Chas in Iowa

    I think the GOP sees the Obama administration polls and figures those dissatified with the Obama administration will be voting GOP.
    Unfortunetly for the GOP about half of those dissatisfied are not happy because the Obama administration has softened the "Health Care Reform and Wall Street Reform" to much to try to satisfy the GOP in an effort for bipartisan support.
    If they (the GOP) are counting on these votes they are very sadly mistaken.

    August 2, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. harold

    Cut spending by cutting off Boehners wages......He is useless......

    August 2, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    After what the Democrats in congress have done to the economy, the national debt and with the procedural trickery to dump ObamaCare on a population that didn't want it, they should throw a huge party for any contest they win in November. Because they have again fooled enough voters to retain a seat. That's the magic of politics.

    August 2, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Craig

    And whats the GOP plan to stop the spending? More spending on tax cuts for the rich and wars. Just what we need more of.

    August 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Hugo

    And many have said that Nancy Pelousy has lost her marbles, why just look, they're hanging around her neck...

    August 2, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Timothy McVeigh would have been a teabag leader today

    You may as well give Johns job to the head of exxonMobil,we all know thats who owns him.

    August 2, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Probama in Paradise

    The look on Nancy Pelosi's face standing next to the "Boner" is priceless! That would be a great "name the caption" pic!

    August 2, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. thor

    Obama is deliberately making people dependent on unemplopyment payments for their survival.Why else would the offical unemployment rate be left unchecked at 9.5% after 18 months in office?We were told that if we passed the stimulus that the rate would not go over 8%.And how's that summer recovery working out for you Mr.Average American.

    August 2, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Gerry NH

    Send that snake back to her swamp in Frisco. These people are going to ruin the country. We actually need to limit terms then maybe these people will help Americans. The democrats and republicians are both at fault.

    August 2, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Bill

    The Republicans have been crowing about taking the House and Senate for months. They are in for a rude awakening. Sure, they will gain seats, but not the majority.

    August 2, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. C Smith

    So if the Repubs take back control in November are they going to have ideas to improve anything by then? Or will there just be more of them saying no to everything?

    August 2, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. bk

    John Boehner would like more tax breaks for the rich so they can line their pockets with more money and keep complaining about the national debt. BTW Wasn't it George Bush who ran up the debt while giving tax breaks to the wealthy? And now we are hearing that businesses are making money and not creating more jobs. Politics?

    Repubs are claiming to have plans to create jobs if elected but not one thinks it's important enough to quit playing politics and expose those plans now. Elect me and I'll create jobs or don't elect me and I'll keep my plan a secret. America first or politics first?

    August 2, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Publius13

    The idea of a "Speaker Boehner" is enough to send me to Canada. Will he endorse or reject Dick Cheney's "Deficits don't matter" if he gets the nod? Tax cuts for the rich and the deficit be damned! Here we go again!

    August 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    Its time for Pelosi to take her rightful place as minority leader. I'm hoping she is in a very small minority of liberal progressive socialists.

    August 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Anne P

    Many in this country have got to be in some sort of stupor to think that handing the power back to the GOP makes any kind of sense. In fact, it smacks of irresponsibility. The convenient blaming of Obama for every problem in existance is getting old and expecting our economy to snap back into it's pre-disaster shape is irrational in 18 months or even 4 yrs. We aren't bleeding jobs at a rate of 700K/month anymore, are we? Funny how things like immigration have become hot topics when the GOP weren't held to the same urgent standard. Fact is, under Obama there has been more deportations than under Bush. But still they complain. For those who only watch Fox, that's all they hear and all they know. I see this in some of my own family members and it's shocking how gullible they are. Can you imagine letting BP off the hook as would be the case with GOP leadership? I do wish more Dems had the passion of Congressman Weiner though; he rocks.

    August 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Naqib

    Of course when Dems see it half full... it's with other peoples water

    August 2, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Does America Really Want to Give Its Economic Car Keys Back . . .

    To the Drunk Republicans who wrecked it?

    Massive corporate money going to fund the party that wants to gut Medicare, Social Security, clean water, clean air, mine safety, oil drilling regulation, Wall Street Reform.

    Stop the wrecking crew.

    August 2, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Steve in North Carolina

    We need new blood in Congress. Time to flush the incumbent career politicians!

    August 2, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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