WASHINGTON - Some political analysts predict Democrats may be in danger of losing not just the House but even the Senate this fall.
But the Congressman responsible for keeping the House in Democratic control says it won't happen.
Somewhere on Capitol Hill, if you listen very closely, you'll find a lot of nervous butterflies zipping around. most of them are coming from the Democratic side of the aisle.
A big government agenda, a stalled health care plan, and an economy that hasn't turned the corner has put the Democrats in a tough spot. The anger on the streets could translate into loss of their majority in the House of Representatives.
But Chris van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is not buying it.
"Well, as you well know, the pundits here in Washington including people who handicap these races year in and year out their numbers are in the 25-30 range and they're talking about, some of them you know that the Democrats are going to lose the House," van Hollen said. "Well, we're not going to lose the House. This is not 1994 all over again"
In 1994, the Contract for America swept Republicans back into power. They won a whopping 54 seats. This year, they would have to win 40 to win back control.
Right now, Democrats have 255 seats, Republicans have 178. There are two vacancies. Political Strategist Ralph Reed says this could be bigger than 1994.
"I don't see Independents coming home for Obama, I think Democrats are demoralized," Reed said. "We saw that in turnout in the '09 elections and I've never seen grassroots conservatives this fired up and this anxious to get to the polls. It's going to be a big big year for Republicans."
It's still a long way to November, but if that holds true, the talk will shift to President Obama and whether he'll end up being a one term president. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who may run in 2012 against Obama, gave a frank assesment of the president's chances.
"I think President Obama will be a one term President for a whole bunch of reasons, including I don't think the economy is going to recover," Pawlenty said.
"I hope it does but I don't think it will nearly what the hope and expectations for Americans has been," he added. "And number two I think the dramatic overreach that he is using the federal government to delve into the lives of Americans in terms of our freedoms, market principles, notions of individual responsibility, and the like, is getting the country to the point of saying, 'We've had it.'"
*Originally broadcast on March 5, 2010.