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2014 or Bust

Apr 29, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 31 • By FRED BARNES
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As good as all this looks for Republicans, it’s wise to remember that the future in politics is never a straight line projection of the present. The midterm elections are 18 months away. At this time in 2009, Democrats believed they were in fine shape for the 2010 midterms. They lost 63 House and 6 Senate seats.

Republicans need to be smart for a change. They can’t afford to be passive and assume the history of sixth-year midterms will carry them. To counter Obama, they should offer alternatives to the Obama policies they’ve defeated. And if the implementation of Obamacare is a train wreck, they should speak more in sorrow than anger. Nobody likes a gloater.

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