Political strategist Karl Rove congratulated himself on Wednesday for getting 10 predictions right for this year — and he forecast that Republicans will keep control of the House of Representatives and end up with as many as 51 seats in the Senate in next year’s congressional elections.
For 2014, President Barack Obama’s “disapproval rating will end higher than this week’s 53 percent” in the Gallup poll, Rove said in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal. “Republicans will keep the House with a modest pickup of four to six seats.
“The GOP will most likely end up with 50 or 51 Senate seats (in the former case, keeping Vice President Joe Biden fully occupied for two years presiding over the chamber),” Rove added. “Control of the Senate may not be decided until December’s Louisiana runoff.
“Propelled by union contributions, Democrats will outspend Republicans overall in House and Senate races.”
Rove, the former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, noted that among his successful predictions for 2013 were that Obama’s approval rating did fall “from 53 percent at year’s start to 40 percent this week. There was a new administration scandal, the most significant being the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
“And Obamacare’s implementation was indeed ‘ragged and ugly’ and ‘a continuing political advantage to Republicans’ as forecast,” he added.
On the flip side, Rove said that he missed the mark four times this year: “Unemployment hit 7 percent instead of 8 percent; Syria’s Bashar Assad remains in power; Fidel Castro is still alive, and President and Mrs. George W. Bush got a granddaughter, not a grandson.
“In one instance, the results were half-right,” he continued. “The debt ceiling was raised, but Mr. Obama wasn’t forced to make spending cuts in return.”
Because of the continued problems with the Affordable Care Act, “GOP political divisions are giving way to unity” — a trend likely to continue next year, Rove predicted.
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