“To the Democrats, this election, a rosy scenario is to lose five Senate seats, not six,” he said. “They could lose 10. And so what they’ve said is, ‘If we’re going to lose 10 seats potentially,’ and they could well do that, a big sweep, they’re going to the battle stations.”Matthews attributes this probable shift to the fact that both parties – not just the Democrats - have spent the last few months pandering to their bases and not moderates, thus putting Democrats at a disadvantage in a year in which the GOP already has the advantage. Matthews is not alone in questioning whether the Democratic Party can keep the Senate this fall, either.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted the morning after the State of the Union that while she thinks Democrats can win a few seats in the House this November, she’s doubtful the party will win back the chamber. Republicans currently have a 33-seat majority in the lower chamber.
“Yes, I do think in 2015, I’m not going to confidently predict that Democrats will take the House back, but what I will predict is that we’re going to pick up seats,”Republicans, knowing the electoral math is in their favor, have even begun to campaign in traditionally Democratic areas to strengthen their ranks in Congress.