Conservative media leader Matt Drudge appears to believe that the Republican Party could lose its majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Talking Points Memo, the Drudge Report proprietor tweeted to his 200,000 followers on Wednesday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi will regain the gavel she once held as Speaker of the House.
“Speaker Pelosi Part 2: Opening Jan 5. 2015,” posted Drudge on his Twitter feed.
While some Democratic organizations are citing polls that indicate the possibility of the Democrats actually regaining a House majority in the 2014 elections, most analysts consider it a long shot. However, the Republican Party has seen its poll numbers plunge to historic lows since the shutdown of the federal government began two weeks ago.
Ruy Teixeira at Think Progress wrote, “This is a matter of some debate, but everyone starts from the assumption that, due to gerrymandering and the inefficient concentration of Democratic votes in heavily Democratic urban areas, the Democrats will have to get more than 50 percent of the vote to get 50 percent of the House seats. In 2012, Democrats received 50.6 percent of the two party vote but only got 46.2 percent of the seats. Therefore, they are likely to need more than 50.6 percent of the vote to take back the House.”
Drudge raised eyebrows in September when he appeared to break with the Republican party. He asked on Twitter, “Why would anyone vote Republican? Please give reason. Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?!”