White House Press Secretary: Republicans Could Regain Control of the House

Appearing on NBC's Meet The Press this morning, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said "I think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There's no doubt about that,"


According to AP reports, House Democrats who won in conservative districts in 2008 by riding the "Obama wave" are particularly vulnerable. Gibbs said that Dems would need to wage strong campaigns in order to stay in power "I think we have to take the issues to them," he stated. Gibbs also said that the focus for Dems in tight races should be to emphasise how Republicans would govern if the Dems lose the house. Gibbs cited the example of Congressman Joe Barton's (TX-6) apology to BP for having to set up the $20 billion escrow account; an apology for which Congressman Barton came under heavy fire from the White House.


Whether or not Gibbs' remarks on the House races were made to concede defeat, or to motivate Dems to gear up for a fight is unknown. One thing is certain however, when a Congressman gets a rebuke from the White House for apologizing to a private company for government regluation, something has got to change!


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