Monday, January 25, 2010

Paging Emily Litella

From April of 2009, here's Beltway fixture Stu Rothenberg, writing in Politico:

Over the past couple of weeks, at least three Republicans - House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and campaign consultant Tony Marsh - have raised the possibility of the GOP winning back the House of Representatives next year.

That idea is lunacy and ought to be put to rest immediately.

None of the three actually predicted that Republicans would gain the 40 seats that they need for a majority, but all three held out hope that that's possible. It isn't.

Rothenberg went on in that vein for quite a while, getting progressively (no pun intended) more dismissive and insulting along the way. Things have changed just a tad since then, and even Rothenberg had to admit it today.

Here's Stu's Monday blog post:

[W]e can no longer dismiss the possibility of a Republican wave so large that Democrats could lose their House majority. We stress, however, that we currently expect Republicans to fall short of the 40 seats they would need. Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts doesn’t mean that every Republican candidate will win in November.

Not quite a full-on "nevermind," but the year is still very young...

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