Don't Get Cocky About 2014
1:54 PM, Jul 21, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Over at the New York Times, Nate Cohn throws cold water on the notion that 2014 is going to be a landmark year for the GOP:
Aside from Cohn's specious assertion that "the economy and the deficit are both in a better place than they were in 2010," his analysis here looks pretty sound. Cohn's right that the question about this election is not whether or not the GOP can take back the Senate—the structural advantages Republicans enjoy make that pretty likely.
The more pertinent question is, will the GOP be able to carry any gains won in this election past the next election cycle?In 2016, the Senate map won't be nearly as favorable to Republicans. Turnout will also be much higher in 2016, as there is a good chance a popular Democratic presidential candidate will be at the top of the ballot to help the party's Senate candidates along.
Given Obama's fecklessness in the face of global conflagrations and economic and social unrest at home, a lot could change between now and November. But for now, there's no strong evidence of a GOP wave big enough to carry the party past 2014 into rockier waters in 2016.
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