In an interview with New York radio host John Catsimatidis, veteran Democratic strategist and campaigner James Carville said that his party stands a good chance of taking control of the House of Representatives. However, Carville said that gaining the Senate would be “very, very, difficult.” On the July 17 show, Carville told Catsimatidis, “I think right now most Democrats are trying to focus on the 2018 elections and trying to recruit people and keep incumbents, and you know I would say we have a pretty good chance of taking the House back. The Senate is very, very difficult.”
Trump challenges Dems in key states
By way of explanation, Carville told Catsimatidis, “The problem in the Senate is we have a large number of seats we have to hold in states that Donald Trump carried. Indiana, Missouri, you know, places like that we have to hold seats.” Carville added, “The only places where we have an opportunity for pick up are, you know, Nevada is pretty good. After that Arizona is less good, then you’re down to Texas and Alabama, and for Democrats to win the Senate back, they have to pick up three seats.”
By some accounts, Democrats will struggle uphill in any effort to regain either chamber of Congress. Polls support observers’ reaction to a recent bumper sticker released by the party of Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton, which read: “I mean, have you seen the other guys?” In a poll released on Sunday, 52 percent of Americans polled responded that they believe Democrats merely stand against President Trump rather than offering an identity of their own.
Who's on first?
When he was asked if anyone is in charge in the Democratic party, Carville answered: “No.” He added, “If a party is out of power, and we don’t have a presidential candidate, there’s no one going to be in charge until sometime in 2020.” Carville said, “But I think right now most Democrats are trying to focus on the 2018 elections and trying to recruit people and to keep incumbents.”
However, Carville promised that there will be a broad field of Democratic Party presidential contenders in 2020. “It will be double digits,” he said. “There will be a number of serious candidates that are going to run on the Democratic side, and our party needs that.”
An outrageous guide to 2020
POLITICO identified potential Democratic presidential candidates in an article that was admittedly "An outrageiously early field guide to 2020." In a broad field, it identified populists Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, and veteran Joe Biden, as contenders. Under the "Heartlander Badge," POLITICO identified Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Under the rubric "Experience Badge," the magazine listed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and California Gov. Jerry Brown. Under the Reproductive Freedom Badge, it listed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Kamala Harris.