Pinning His Hopes On Obamacare, Reince Priebus Predicts a GOP ‘Tsunami’ In Midterms


Reince Priebus


On Tuesday, during a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus predicted that the Republican Party would sweep the midterm elections. The reason for his supreme confidence is he thinks Obamacare will bring Republicans more young and women voters. Apparently, Priebus is drinking the Kool-Aid and believes that Florida’s 13th District special election last week was a referendum on the ACA. Therefore, the only issue the GOP needs to run on is hatred of Obamacare and they will win huge.


Below are his comments from the breakfast:

“I think we’re in for a tsunami-type election in 2014. My belief is, it’s going to be a very big win, especially at the U.S. Senate level, and we may add some seats in congressional races. But I need to and we need to at the RNC make sure that we can capture the positives and the benefits we’ve been able to provide in 2014 and build on that to have success in 2016, which is a very different type of election…I’m just guessing here, but I think among youth and women, we’re gonna see the greatest increase in 2014 because of, number one, Obamacare.”

Essentially, Priebus is tossing aside the GOP’s ‘autopsy’ report after the 2012 election and saying that everything is OK. If the Republican Party keeps on yammering on about how much Obamacare sucks, then that is going to appeal not only to their base, but a whole swath of other voters. Minorities, women and young voters will just magically vote for Republicans this November, despite the party giving them all no real reason to do so. Just run another anti-Obamacare ad and they’ll come. Promise.

The thing is, you really can’t blame Priebus for feeding the media this tripe. It is his job. This is what he’s been handed by his party. They don’t want to go a different direction. The preference is to run on what worked in 2010, which was railing against healthcare reform and energizing the angry base of Republicans who were still seething that a black man was elected President in 2008. However, we are now in 2014, Barack Obama has been reelected and can’t run again and the ACA is now the law of the land and isn’t going away.

Perhaps if you asked Priebus privately, he’d say that he isn’t as confident as he’s letting on and that the strategy of running against the ACA, after that strategy failed the party in 2012, is extremely flawed. However, publicly, he is strutting around and saying they are going to take over the Senate and gain even more seats in the House. That air of confidence seems somewhat misplaced considering the GOP got swept recently in the Virginia state elections, where Democrats took the offices of Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General.

Yes, Republicans won the special election to in Florida’s 13th District last week. However, they held onto a seat that had been Republican for nearly 50 years in a district with an 11-point Republican advantage. And they won by less than 2 points! I wouldn’t beat my chest and gloat about a victory like that. In fact, it is still very possible that seat can flip this November.

Now, there are a number of Senate races this year that are going to be difficult for Democrats to win. Of the 36 Senate races this year, 21 are being defended by Democrats. Many of those Democratic seats are in red or purple states. It is likely that Dems will lose at least a couple of those seats. However, at the same time, Republicans are dealing with tight races of their own. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already had to spend million on his reelection campaign again Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Despite him vigorously campaigning and holding a seat in a deep Red state, as well as holding a leadership position, he is down in most polls.

Georgia is also proving to be a tough state for Republicans, despite the fact that it is a Deep South state and they are defending a seat. With Saxby Chambliss announcing his retirement last year, a number of far-right candidates have jumped into the GOP primary race. As they’ve gone out of their way to out-crazy each other, Democrat Michelle Nunn has actually jumped into the lead. You would think that before displaying overconfidence, Priebus would try to make sure that Republicans are able to at least hold on to these seats.

Finally, running against the ACA is just going to be a losing strategy in the long run. By the end of this month, at least 6 million people will have signed up for health coverage under the federal and state exchanges. While the approval ratings for the ACA are still mixed, the consensus among voters is that it should not be repealed. By the time we are fully in the home stretch for these midterms, Republicans will find out that making Obamacare their central focus will be a very poor strategy.

19 Replies to “Pinning His Hopes On Obamacare, Reince Priebus Predicts a GOP ‘Tsunami’ In Midterms”

  1. I just found out that this d1ckhe@d is partially of Greek background, and Orthodox. I am ASHAMED!!!!!!!

    Forgive us, o World!

  2. So the strategy is to direct your efforts at minorities women and young voters. The groups that want need and are screaming for health care. Then you are going to tell them the evils of ACA? Let me know how that works out for ya Reince.

  3. They thought the same thing during the 2012 elections was in the bag and was proven wrong. If the Democrats get the vote out the Republicans will be defeated again. The Democrats will have to treat the midterm elections as if they were the Presidential elections.

  4. Baaaaaaaaaaaahahaha he actually thinks women are going to be attracted by the GOP after the shite sandwich they consistently handed them??

    He is not just dreaming. He’s smoking the good stuff.

  5. I think Rinse Prebus knows exactly what the score is and this is all he can say. Its the old my dad can beat your dad when he know his dad cant.

    The Dems have taken a step forward. The progressives have to recognize that and vote Dem. If not, they deserve what they get

  6. A direct quote from their “Growth Opportunity Project” (clever, huh?) report:

    “If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States, they will not pay attention to our next sentence. It does not matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies.”

    “As one conservative, Tea-Party leader, Dick Armey, told us, “You can’t call someone ugly and expect them to go to the prom with you. We’ve chased the Hispanic voter out of his natural home.”

    Is that the “Home for Ugly Hispanics” who are too dumb to get past the oft repeated chorus “GO HOME” to vote R?

    I can’t imagine why they need more ugly people to vote for them. They seem to have that particular vote pretty well sewed up.

  7. Well with a name like REINCE PRIBUS, how can you go wrong?? nice name, if your a 15th sheepherder. Nobody with a pulse or a IQ over 25 takes this guy serious! a Tsunami ? SURE REINCE, just like willard was suppose to win the whitehouse, just like mccain & DILF were your tag team saviors! THE GOP is so obviously desperate! because they won a special election in a heavily republican district for over 40 yrs and won by 2 points and this is somehow is a Tsunami of republican victories?? PRIBUS isn’t just drinking Kool Aid, he’s drinking Bicardi 151 and formaldehyde as a chaser.

  8. Always thought of him as a one trick pony, and there’s actual legitimate proof of him being a one trick pony.

    To add salt to this: The ‘one trick’ he and fellow Republicans know is backfiring.

  9. I’d like to know exactly what Priebus thinks the GOP has done for this country that he’s so sure they’ll be rewarded for by a tsunamis of votes this fall. And if he’s so sure of victory, then why so much effort in voter supression.

    We must be sure to get out the vote this fall & the Democrats must start treating every single election like it’s a presidential election. The GOP & Tea Party need to be sent home where they can stay until they have something to offer the country in 2014.

    It’s amazing how arrogant, foolish & lazy the GOP has become.

  10. Well let’s all hope that Rinso is as good a prognosticator as the turd blossom. These people are all so arrogant We’re gonna win and ACA is is a disaster. Every body hates that black guy and blah blah blah. Send em packing America there’s no way we are as cold and heartless as these bastards.GOTV 2014!!!

  11. Don’t underestimate these mud loafs – any critter backed into a corner c an be dangerous, the more so when they think god is on their side, and they have the golden kochroaches providing the seemingly unlimited dark funds. The only way to beat them is with education and voting, and that is why they are trying to suppress both. GOTV EVERY ELECTION.

  12. I think this is much like “whistling past the grave yard”. It’s gonna be a tsunami alright – just not the one they are blowing gas about. Americans may be a little on the stupid side, but most of us aren’t crazy.

  13. the one thing that concerns me is that they own the companies that run the election machines….but anonymous has stopped them twice from stealing elections that way

  14. Makes perfect sense.

    Republicans believe that tsunamis and other ‘acts of nature’ are “God’s will”. They also appear to believe that the good Lord is a tea-chugging social conservative.
    So it logically follows that they can pray for a political tsunami to wipe Democrats out of both Houses of Congress.

  15. These republicans are DELUSIONAL. Blocking the minimum wage increase, Blocking the Obama jobs bill,Against ,and demonizing a healthcare law that will give healthcare to millions of our citizens that were without it,Against Social Security, Trying to dismantle the US Postal Service to rip off the profits by privatization,etc Landslide?
    , these republicans are delusional.

  16. Yea,
    Hannity AND Dick Morris predicted Romney would
    win in a landslide, Rove refused to accept that
    it was mathematically impossible for Romney
    to win. This is just what they do………
    they LIE!
    They try to convince you ‘don’t bother, you haven’t a chance!’
    They know if Democrats show up & VOTE, they lose.
    So, my friends, the ball is in OUR court!
    You stay home, essentially you are Voting Republican.
    It’s really that simple.
    I admit, I made that mistake in 2010.
    There will not be a second mistake…….


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