April 8, 2008

'80 REDUX:

Boehner sees coattails for GOP in McCain bid (Sean Lengell, April 8, 2008, Washington Times)

"When I talk to my members, and you look at the polling and you get out on the road and listen to people, there's no question McCain is bringing all the Republicans together, and frankly a big chunk of independents," Mr. Boehner told a gathering of journalists last week.

"I'm not here suggesting to you that it will be an easy walk back for us to earn our majority. I understand the difficulty, but I am here to suggest to you that it's going to be a far better Republican year than most people realize."

The Ohio Republican says Mr. McCain's presence on the party ticket in November will particularly help mobilize the conservative electorate in the 61 Democrat-held House seats in districts that voted for President Bush in 2004.

"I believe John McCain will win more than 61 Democrat-held [House] seats" nationwide, Mr. Boehner said.

Republicans had been out of power for so long back in 1980 that the candidates running against entrenched Democrat veterans were the halt, the lame and the brain dead. But they won because of the top of the ticket.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 8, 2008 11:12 AM
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