On the Today Show this morning, NRSC Chairman John Cornyn said conclusively that the Senate is out of reach for Republicans this cycle.
“I think we don’t get the majority back but we come awfully close, and we finish the job in 2012,” Cornyn said.
This has actually been Cornyn’s view for months. But this weekend, in what was probably an attempt at expectation-setting, unnamed Democrats started telling reporters they feared they might lose control of the Senate. Cornyn has his own incentives not to inflate expectations, but he’s consistently said he thinks 2012 is the year Republicans will return to power in the upper chamber.
Most prognosticators say Republicans are poised to pick up between six and eight seats on Tuesday — not enough to retake control. Video of Cornyn’s appearance below the fold.
Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at email@example.com.