October 18th, 2013
07:27 PM ET
8 years ago

Could the Democrats retake the House?

CNN's John King at the magic wall examines whether or not the shutdown could shake up the majority control in the House.

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Unlikely. Basically, Dems and liberals need to get into a frenzy similar to the one conservatives had in 2009-10. Libs don't get into frenzies; hence Bush in 04.

    But we WILL hold onto the Senate (may even gain seats, there), and decrease the GOPhers lead in the House. I'm thinking 2016 before Dems get the House back. The gerrymandering, much like the stupid, hurts. We'll get there someday though ... and hopefully still have it in 2020 during census time, for the love of god.

    October 18, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. case

    in this moment in time highly unlikely do to districts locked in place. the year 2020 it might be posible

    October 18, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. rs

    The Republican brand is seriously damaged. If the GOP persists with their anti-American government shutdowns; narrow, radical ideologies; ant- women legislation; anti-civil rights and anti-voter legislation-
    You can bet on it!

    October 18, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    No, I don't think so. If anything, the Dems just might lose seats. The Dems lost a lot more support than the media claims they did.

    October 18, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Kelby in Houston Texas

    The Democrats taking the House is highly unlikely because the GOtP has gerrymandered safe districts for themselves...but it is possible

    October 18, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. Winston Smith

    It would be comforting to know that we'd (more than likely), not be pushed as a nation to the brink of financial disaster with the other party attempting to ruin the nations good will or credit rating. That in it self is worth the republicans losing the House.

    October 19, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  7. Thomas

    Democrats wont take the house , but it will be almost even !

    October 19, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    From your lips to God's ear!

    October 19, 2013 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    Weird concept; in one respect, the TP won hugely on the shutdown. They make no secret their intent to take over the GOP, and during the shutdown, the TP was able to intimidate enough of the GOP caucus to shut down the government, push it to the edge of insolvency, and bend the speaker of the house to their will. That's a helluva display of power. As for future shutdowns, that is entirely in the hands of whoever is pulling the strings behind the TP.

    October 19, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  10. Malory Archer

    Yes. And they will in 2014, then expand their majorities in 2016 at the same time the Clintons move back into the WH.

    October 19, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  11. don in albuquerque

    After blowing 24 Billion dollars on a political stunt...........do ya really think?

    October 19, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. ED1

    If they do then this Country might as well kiss their ass and money goodby.

    We will become socialist for sure.

    October 19, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Searcher

    Well, TEA-GOP, this is the price you pay for trying to DESTROY Americas CREDIT RATING!

    October 19, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Bessy

    One can only hope that there are enough voters out there to make sure it happens.

    October 19, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Tony

    Probably not, unless they get more help from Republicans. Fortunately, Republicans are more than willing to help. Cruz's aide said the other day that Cruz won't rule out another government shutdown. With continuing Republican stupidity, a Democratic takeover of the House in 2014 cannot be ruled out.

    October 19, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. vikingwoman

    I have always believed in a 2 party system that keeps the 'checks in balance', so to speak! Right now we have 3! 1 party has infiltrated & leeched onto the Grand Ol' Party, making it the GOTP! The Tea Party has, in 3 short years, changed the GOP into nonrecognizability & made them extreme to the point of anarchy! The Real Republicans should clean up their party & send the T-lunatics packing! If they want to continue being a party, they should do it the legal way, by declaring their affiliation & let people vote! That's not how they do things, though, they use devious means to get what they want! They know they wouldn't have a chance in he.ll as a stand alone party! Our misson is to identify them & Vote Them Out as though our lives depended on it, 'cause they do!!

    October 19, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. concerned Walter

    The American people who employed(elected) both the House and Senate are so passively ignorant on who holds the upmost power of this country. In a democracy like this, for me alone, I feel the American people need to hold referendum to fire both the House and Senate. And re-elect new members to the House and the Senate who have the total interested of American people and America's World leadership at heart.

    October 19, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. don in albuquerque

    @Ed1–Do you pay a second grader to write these posts for you, or are you really that into fairytales.

    October 19, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. Hugh Harvey

    Since the republicans own most of the judges in Texas its unlikely any legal actions on redistricting will every happen.
    The last time I voted the Republican voting judge almost got into the booth with me to see how I was voting, I just stood and didnt do anything until she went back and sat down in her chair. If they assume you are a Democrat in Texas they try rush you thru the voting procedure seemingly that you will make a mistake your vote will be thrown out.

    October 19, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Hugh Harvey

    i dont think the Clintons will ever move back into the White House, I think Hilary Is intelligent enough, but I dont think her temperament would allow her to get elected or do the job. She and the idiot from Alaska are both too arrogant to fit the job.

    October 19, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Roger

    Unfortunitly , MONEY MAKES THE DIFFERENCE. So if some big money (FREE SPEECH, I mean,) steps up for the democracs, and we get a good dose of all the silly republican sound bits from the last go round, I'm hopeful, that the dems will win the house. Hopefully, when and if they do, they'll remember where the repbublicans approvel rating went to, and they'll clean up their act and pass some MEANINGFULL legislation to improve things for the working poor, and middle class

    October 19, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. NickAnast

    If the voters are still angry at the GOP, no amount of gerrymandering will save them.

    October 19, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. S. B. Stein

    The case can be made for the Democrats taking back the House. The most recent GOP actions has certainly help the Democrats chances.

    October 19, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  24. Mike237

    The credit rating scare is far from over. There are two sides to every story and the media tries to add a third. The lending increase will be slammed shut in the next round of debates coming soon after the winter break. The house will remain intact or gain seats from Republicans because the House has one agenda. Stop Obama from getting anything done by taking months to do anything. Obama had the House and Senate for the first two years and all his focused on was the healthcare bill which has very dismal ratings no matter how you stand politically. Washington has become very much like a fourth quarter football game where the clock is wasted until it's over. When the Republicans start to campaign in the mid terms, The liberal base has far more to worry about then the media lets on. Stop looking just at Liberal ideals as the only point of view and realize that there is a large population of this country that still hasn't changed their view of the world or this country. Those God fearing Christians still total millions of votes in this country no matter what you think about them. To be honest, your opinions mean nothing. Math and emotion has very little in common.

    October 20, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  25. Oh Nooo!

    You mean to tell me that the republican party is in serious trouble.... There game plan was so good. Get an extremist part of the party ( Tea Party) and push independents and moderates away. No way that didn't work.... idiots your party will never win another general election.

    October 20, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |