Former White House press secretary Jay Carney followed up his predictable debut on CNN last week as an Obama apologist with a more honest appraisal of how hard it will be for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate this fall.
Carney, who became a paid political commentator for CNN last week, appeared on State of the Union on Sunday:
It’s not going to be a good year for Democrats, by definition. The sixth year is always particularly bad for a president’s party. You couple that with the fact so many seats are defended by Democrats in red states where Mitt Romney did very well against the President, double-digits in most cases, and there’s no outcome in November that anybody could say would be great for Democrats, except for barely holding onto the Senate.
Republicans need to win a net of six seats to take control of the Senate in November, and almost every poll is predicting that they will win at least six and most likely one or two more than that. The House is solidly in Republican hands and the GOP should pick up a few more seats, though they could pick up substantially more if this turns out to be a “wave” election, which personally I don’t see happening.
This is the GOP’s last big chance to take control of the Senate after blowing it the last two elections. In 2016, they will have to defend 24 of the 34 seats up for election.