Tuesday, April 24, 2012

NV-03: Say It Ain't So, Joe!

House Republicans got an awkward start to the day when House Speaker John Boehner (R-"Jersey Shore?") actually blurted this out.

“I would say that there is a two-in-three chance that we win control of the House again but there’s a one-in-three chance that we could lose and I’m being myself, frank,” Boehner told Fox News, according to a transcript of the interview.

Until now the speaker has not raised any concerns about his party’s chances to keep control of the House this fall, and it’s unusual for a top party leader to publicly express a pessimistic outlook.

But a spokesman for Boehner’s political arm said the speaker was being “candid” and his comments were a deliberate move to remind supporters and potential donors that House Republicans need support this fall.

“We’re looking at both sides of the coin,” Cory Fritz told CNN. “Of course there is a chance that we could lose and we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can so that our members have the resources they need so they can run and win.”

So apparently, this is a desperate plea to "Tea Party, Inc." donors that they need to pony up, or else. Boehner especially sounded worried about House seats in Solid Blue States, like California and New York, where there won't be much motivation for Republicans to campaign for Mitt Romney.

However, he must also be concerned about what's happening in states like ours. After all, it's not like Mitt Romney is giving Nevadans any motivation to support him, either. He's gone extreme in his opposition to basic women's health care. He now opposes investment in renewable energy and green jobs. And he's proposed nothing to help young Americans stay in school and/or find work. And John Boehner must now be realizing that with Romney looking incredibly weak here in The Silver State, Joe Heck's campaign must not be feeling awfully comfortable right now.

After all, Joe Heck has embraced the same "tea party" agenda as Mitt Romney. He's actually said that access to contraception is "not a women's health issue". He's also stood with Mitt Romney in support of Paul Ryan's "tea party" budget, which guts Medicare, college student aid, and so much more. Oh, and Heck has even voted to continue subsidizing the fossil fuel industry instead of investing in green jobs here in Nevada! Joe Heck may have quite a bit in common with Romney and Ryan, but he seems to be losing touch of what Nevada values.

So maybe this is why John Boehner is starting to worry? After all, NV-03 is considered (again) to be one of the hottest Congressional races in the country. And NV-03 happens to be in a state where Republicans have problems swinging and winning marquee elections as of late. If Boehner now thinks his gavel is at risk, then he must know Heck's seat is at serious risk.

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