The anti-incumbent feeling in the U.S. will not lead to Democrats losing the House, according to Rep. Chris Van Hollen.
The Democratic senator from Maryland said last fall that anyone who thinks Republicans could take control of the House in the upcoming midterm elections is in “la-la land.”
He didn’t back down from his comments Sunday on NBC.
“I have always said, David — way back a year ago in fact, right after the election of Barack Obama, that this would be a very tough political cycle,” Van Hollen told NBC’s David Gregory.
“The idea that [Republicans] will be measuring the drapes is clearly, I think — they are high on their own hype,” he said.
In fact, as Daniel Tencer reported for Raw Story earlier this month, one in ten House Republicans is calling it quits in 2010. Despite the higher retirement numbers for Republicans than for Democrats, much of the media’s attention has focused on Democrats, with numerous commentators arguing that the numbers spell trouble for the Democratic Party in 2010.
Van Hollen is the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The Hill has more.
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Feb. 21, 2010.