Approaching the 2014 mid-term elections, Republicans find themselves “in their strongest position politically since the earliest days of their majority in 2011.” The Washington Post,
“With the shutdown fading against the backdrop of other domestic and global calamities, Speaker John A. Boehner’s gang has not only stabilized itself and patched up the self-inflicted wound that was the shutdown, but it also stands a good chance of expanding its majority in the Nov. 4 midterm elections. If all goes as Republicans hope, it could be the largest GOP majority since one of Boehner’s political heroes, Nicholas Longworth (R-Ohio), held the speaker’s gavel 85 years ago.
“The long-embattled Boehner (R-Ohio) finds himself in this position due to a combination of luck and resilience, as well as some significant missteps by his Democratic adversaries. It also helped that, to some degree, the notoriously contentions GOP rank and file decided to retreat from the spotlight and let the public anger toward Washington settle on President Obama.”