The Democrats are using Christie in their attempt to take back the House, and destroy the Tea Party. However, it is my opinion that, although the Democrats will gain some seats in 2014, Republicans will remain in control. This is due to a couple of reasons:Democrats are preparing a new broadside against vulnerable House Republicans by highlighting critical remarks made about Washington Republicans by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a possible GOP presidential contender.
On a number of issues, Christie has been critical of House Republicans this year, particularly over their handling of the October government shutdown, the delayed federal aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy, and the general state of congressional gridlock in the nation's capital.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official party group responsible for electing Democrats to the House, is planning to launch a messaging campaign that uses the governor’s remarks against sitting House Republicans.
1) Due to redistricting, Republicans in the House are in generally very red districts.
2) Mainstream Republicans may attempt to primary out some of their more extremist elements, as part of their war against the Tea Party.
3) Failing efforts to primary out their more radical elements, mainstream Republicans will support Tea Party House members, because they would rather have a Republican of ANY stripe in the House over any Democrat.
4) Republicans will be pouring huge amounts of money into races in which their candidate may be vulnerable.
Bottom line is that, although there is a civil war within the Republican party, there is an even bigger war between Democrats and Republicans over which direction this nation is to take. Neither side is going to be taking prisoners. This will be a scorched earth campaign by both sides. And Republicans, in the end, will pull together and circle the wagons. My prediction is that they will survive the Democrats' attempt to take back the House.
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