By Shane Goldmacher
President Obama lost 42 percent of the Democratic primary in West Virginia to a federal prisoner on Tuesday and top House Republicans couldn’t be more delighted. On Wednesday, Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, the head of the House GOP’s campaign operation, said the embarrassing showing was a symptom of how deeply unpopular the incumbent has become in broad swaths of the country.
In contrast, Sessions confidently predicted that “100 percent of Republican candidates” for the House would happily appear alongside presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in their districts. But when Obama comes to town, “I know a huge number of Democrats who will be busy those days,” said Sessions, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Sessions, who appeared at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast alongside his top deputy, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., also predicted that Republicans would surprise political prognosticators and pick up seats in November. “The landscape in 2012 is exactly the same as it was in 2010,” he said.
Sessions also suggested that Speaker John Boehner’s comments recently that there is a one-in-three chance the GOP could lose the House were an effort to goose fundraising. “He is trying to help me go sell this fight,” Sessions said. “If I walk into a room and everyone just assumes we’re going to win, it’s difficult.”