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Wasserman Schultz: ‘Very likely’ for GOP to lose House, blames tea party

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

Predictions of victory are taboo in sports because they wind up as bulletin board material to motivate the opposition. But that isn’t stopping Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz from making grand projections about her party’s electoral success come November.

On Tuesday’s “Starting Point” on CNN, Wasserman Schultz stopped short of Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod’s outright declaration that President Barack Obama would win re-election by saying it was “entirely reasonable” to believe that Democrats would recapture the U.S. House.

“I think it’s entirely reasonable for [House Speaker John Boehner] to expect that they could lose the House because they very well could,” she said. “We’re working hard to make sure that happens because John Boehner has allowed the tea party to take over his conference.”

Later, Wasserman Schultz echoed Axelrod’s message, which depicted the Republican opposition as “extremist” and said the House GOP would be held responsible for not offering any so-called jobs bills.

“The Republicans have fully embraced extremism and they have brought in two years almost no jobs legislation to this floor and not worked with the president on any legislation to help make sure that we can move the economy forward because their number one goal is political and that’s to defeat Barack Obama,” she said.

The DNC chair also suggested there was an enthusiasm gap and noted fundraising as evidence.

“There’s no enthusiasm for their campaigns,” she said. “There’s no enthusiasm for their agenda. And they are on track to very likely lose the majority after a historic victory in 2010.”

(h/t RCP Video)

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