John Ensign Revises GOP Senate Hopes Upward...To 45!
by Todd Beeton, Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 04:17:02 PM EDT
After essentially crossing his fingers for a retention of 41 seats in the US Senate this fall, Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, the chump whose job it is to ensure the election of Republicans to the senate, seems to have revised his estimates somewhat upward (h/t Northwest Progressive Institute blog):
"I think it would be a great night, especially, [to lose only] three seats -- that would be a terrific night for us, absolutely," he said. "I don't want to slip below the four-seat loss -- that's kind of where we set our absolute worst goal, is to be down to 45 seats."
Forget all that stuff I said the other day about 41 seats!
But in another sign that Ensign is actually more reality-based in his analysis of the situation this fall than not, he ponders Obama's impact on downticket races:
He said that while Sen. Barack Obama's impact on down-ballot races is "unknowable at this point," he expects Obama to boost the prospects of Democratic candidates in some states -- naming Oregon as an example.
"Without Barack Obama, [Sen.] Gordon Smith probably wins [reelection] going away," Ensign said.
Senator Smith, meet bus.