In a full-throated pushback of giddy claims that House Democrats will win back the majority, a top House Republican predicted the GOP will win new seats in the 2018 election, saying voters are over with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her team's out-dated “1960’s mentality.”
Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of GOP’s campaign team, said he believes voters will see the benefits of the just-passed tax reform legislation and get behind the Republican agenda, which he dubbed “The Great American Comeback.”
In an interview for fellow Republican Rep. Sean Duffy’s podcast, which he posts on iTunes, Stivers said, “We have the right issue set. We’re going to run on the Great American Comeback and it’s coming. It’s going to involve making sure we have a strong national defense, making sure that our economy is growing so that the forgotten people that came out and voted in 2016 can come out of the shadows get a job, raise their family and comeback into what is a great opportunity for them.”
President Trump did bring new voters to the polls on a promise to “Make America great again,” and Stivers’ new motto for the National Republican Congressional Committee appears to be the obvious follow-up theme. Trump has promised to hit the campaign trail for House Republicans.
In the podcast, which Duffy calls a “Plaidcast,” a reference to the shirts his family of loggers has worn, Stivers said the evidence of companies like Walmart paying higher wages and bonuses is proof that the tax reform is already working. “Tax reform is going to be a big winner,” he said.
Secrets was provided with an advance copy of the Plaidcast of Stivers.
.@businessinsider: "'The engine of the economy roared back to life': US small business confidence hit a record-high in 2017" https://t.co/N3iZr1DVB9— Sean Duffy (@RepSeanDuffy) January 9, 2018
He also cited a dozen seats the GOP hopes to take away from Democrats in districts won by Trump.
Democrats have been predicting a major wave election in which they can win the majority back, helped by several GOP retirements. In fact, Pelosi has predicted an “armageddon” election that will crush the Republicans.
In this week's #Plaidcast, @NRCC Chairman @stevestivers and I discuss the @GOP path to victory. Check out @SecretsBedard's story here! https://t.co/8ExxzEGtaY pic.twitter.com/3ArPk8Odax— Sean Duffy (@Duffy4Wisconsin) January 11, 2018
After the tax bill passed, for example, she said, “It is the end of the world...the debate on health care is life/death. This is Armageddon.”
Stivers and Duffy mocked that comment. Stivers said, “I think what Nancy Pelosi meant was that it may be armageddon for the Democrat Party because people will be on to their policies that kill our economy.”
He also hit the Democrats for having old and outdated ideas. “They have no policies and a 1960s mentality and philosophy and political argument. They don’t have modern solutions for modern problems,” he said, adding, “Our leadership team is a full 20 years younger on average.”
The youthful Duffy joined in, saying, “Well it’s a ‘60s mentality because a lot of them were born in in the ‘30s and ‘40s and came of age in the ‘60s.” He added, “They are so old. We’re the part of the youth.”
Stivers also highlighted the historic success the NRCC has had raising money despite constant attacks on Trump and the GOP. “We had a record year,” he said, of the $85 million raised to help Republicans run. That beat the previous record of $70 million for an off-year. And, he said that the GOP did not lose any of the five special elections.
“We’re on offense,” said Stivers.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org