How The GOP Can Keep Control Of Congress After The 2018 Midterms

"What does the GOP need to do in order to keep control of the House and Senate?"

The Washington Examiner asked that question to about a dozen conservative operatives, campaign hands, political scientists, and commentary writers as both parties prepare to do battle in this year's midterm elections.

At this point, history and numbers are working against the Republicans.

But flipping one or both houses to the Democrats is not a fait accompli. And if we've learned anything from the last election, it's that history and conventional wisdom aren't as reliable as they once were.

Republicans have a record to run on, but they're also dealing with an unpopular president who happens to be the leader of their party.

Can they run on tax cuts and a strong economy while distancing themselves from a polarizing president at the same time?

Here's what our group had to say.

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In the unlikely event that President Trump’s approval rating cracks 50 percent this fall, Republican congressional candidates, particularly in moderate House districts, will have to take matters into their own hands.

They will need to remind voters that Trump is not Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi, and they will have to make the case to voters that whether you like or despise the president, it is hard to argue with the successes and results of this White House, especially when it comes to the economy.

One way to do this is to continuously run the Pelosi clip in which she proclaims that the bonuses being given to millions of employees around the country as a result of the tax bill are “crumbs.” Look, congressional Republicans don’t have to reinvent the wheel, nor do they have the time to, in an effort to hold the House of Representatives. They just have to be vociferous in reminding voters of the alternative, because a blue wave is looming on the horizon.

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