House Speaker John Boehner is not one from whom I would expect to hear political candor instead of partisan Pollyanaism. Nor would I expect to hear it on Fox News Channel, of all places.
But looky HERE:
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) admitted there’s a “1 in 3″ chance that the Republicans will lose their majority in the House of Representatives in an interview to be aired Tuesday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
“I would say that there is a 2 in 3 chance that we win control of the House again. But there’s a 1 in 3 chance that we could lose. And I’m being myself, frank, we’ve got a big challenge and we’ve got work to do,” he said Monday to Fox News’ Bill Hemmer.
Expanding on tough races, Boehner said, “We have 50 of our members in tough races; 89 freshmen running for their first re-elections. And we have 32 districts that are in states where there is no presidential campaign going to be run, no big Senate race and we call these orphan districts.”
If you take for granted that any politician of either party is likely to exaggerate his side’s prospects — at least for public consumption — you can figure that Boehner is actually a little less optimistic than he claims.
My own view is that neither party will win more than a very slim majority in the House. But I’m not yet willing to bet coin of the realm on a Democratic takeover.
UPDATE: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee SAYS she agrees with Boehner’s assessment.