WASHINGTON -- The big political talk in 2010 is whether Democrats will lose control of the House because of their big government agenda. But the other part of that question is whether voters trust Republicans after being put off the last few years.
This has not been a good year for Democrats. Stumbles on health care, not enough movement on the job front, and a victory by Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., have the Republicans - like House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va. - salivating at the taste of victory in the 2010 midterm elections.
"Do you think there's going to be a mass revolt if you will at the ballot box in this country whether or not health care passes or not," CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody asked Cantor. "Does it matter? Do you believe?"
"David, I think we can take back the majority," Cantor replied. "I think in this country is very much desirous of a new direction."
Indeed with a majority of Americans against the Democratic party's plan for health care, Cantor places a big part of the blame on former House colleague and now White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
"Rahm Emanuel is a creature of the House of Representatives," Cantor said. "I would think he'd know better than to allow the administration to conduct a policy that is really 'my way or the highway' that the majority of Americans now feel that their opinions have been ignored."
No matter how health care plays out, the looming question for Democrats is whether the American people will take out their frustrations at the ballot box in November.
But the looming question for Republicans is if they do find themselves in control of the House, will they capitalize on the opportunity to be back in at least semi-power again?
"Then it will be up to Republicans to step up and demonstrate that we listen to the people and that we are going to be executing a vision that will allow us to return to this sense of security in the pursuit of that American dream," Cantor said.
"Do you feel Republicans are ready to step up and lead," Brody asked.
"I do think that Republicans have demonstrated this year that we now understand that there wasn't a great track record to brag about perhaps in the past," Cantor replied.
"But we've got to, at this point, seize the opportunity and re-right the ship because if we don't do that I'm very fearful for the future of the American ideal which is to make sure that the next generation has a better life than we do," Cantor said.