If you listen to the pundits and talking heads, the odds of Republicans holding onto the House in November 2018 are about the same as a hapless AFC team trying to defeat the New England Patriots as they embark on their journey to yet another inevitable Super Bowl.
In other words, get ready for a bloodbath, they say, a ‘blue wave’ to equal Obama ’08 or maybe even Kim Jong Un’s 100 percent of the vote in 2014’s North Korean ‘election.’
Thankfully for Republicans, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wants to put the brakes on any premature Democratic celebrations. Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of “Fox & Friends” with co-hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Ainsley Earhardt, Gingrich thoughtfully laid out his rationale for an optimistic view of Republican chances in 2018’s midterms.
“Newt, I have a question for you because you’re so good at reading the political landscape,” said Doocy. “You know that there have been a lot of pundits and political observers who say that for the most part this is the year, the election in November of 2018, the Democrats are really going to make hay. But you say that if the stars align correctly, this could actually be a great year for Republicans. Could you explain that?”
“Sure,” said Gingrich. “Look, I’m writing a new book called ‘Trump’s America.’ And the whole opening of the book is all of these folks who have been wrong, you know? They were wrong in 2015. They said Trump would never be a credible candidate. They were wrong in 2016. They said he couldn’t get the nomination, he couldn’t beat Hillary. They’ve been wrong for all of 2017. You go back and look at ‘New York Times’ columnists who said when Trump gets sworn in, the stock market is going to crash. Well, the stock market boomed. None of these guys learn anything.”
Anticipating the likelihood of Americans learning that the left has been lying about the GOP tax bill, Gingrich predicted good things economically for the “85 or 90 percent of the American people” who “are going to get a tax cut.”
“You’re seeing pay go up, you’re seeing jobs increase, you’re seeing a sense of confidence,” said the former House speaker.
“If the Republicans can get their act together — the biggest problem here is the Republicans, not the Democrats. If the Republicans led by the President can focus in on winning the argument about the tax bill, spend the whole year pounding away at the notion jobs are created by businesses, cutting taxes and cutting regulations creates jobs, and let the Democrats be the party of socialism, big government, and big bureaucracy, I think we can win a surprising election this fall.”
Responding to a question from Brian Kilmeade about how the White House can better “help out people in their own party,” Gingrich said, “I know for a fact that they’re working to put together the kind of operation you need for this fall. But I would also say if you look at what Rhonda Mcdaniel has done as the chairman of the Republican National Committee – she has raised so much more money than anybody thought possible. The resources they’re going to bring to bear. We’re going to have a pretty good political team this year. The question is whether they can agree on a strategy.”
“And what I’m advocating and the reason I’m optimistic in my newsletters and the things I publish at Foxnews.com is, I believe the underlying momentum of the country is towards the Republicans and away from the Democrats, despite every effort of the left-wing media. And I think when people come down to voting you want higher taxes, you want lower taxes. You want more jobs, you want fewer jobs. As you pointed out about Obama. You want weakness dealing with Iran, you want strength dealing with Iran. Every time you get away from the questions and the noise, people I think by 65, 70% favor the Republican position.”
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