From Bruce O’Dell:

“Amid widespread panic in the Republican establishment about the coming
midterm elections, there are two people whose confidence about GOP prospects
strikes even their closest allies as almost inexplicably upbeat: President
Bush and his top political adviser, Karl Rove.

Some Republicans on Capitol Hill are bracing for losses of 25 House seats or
more. But party operatives say Rove is predicting that, at worst,
Republicans will lose only 8 to 10 seats — shy of the 15-seat threshold
that would cede control to Democrats for the first time since the 1994
elections and probably hobble the balance of Bush’s second term…

…Rove believes that many of the polls in individual House and Senate races
understate what he expects to be a GOP advantage in turnout, according to
one party strategist who has heard him discuss the midterms.”

“Almost inexplicably upbeat”: let the spin begin. Expect MSM coverage on
November 8 to be all about… “turnout”.


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