It will spell "disaster" for Republicans if they don't win decisively in Senate races in the 2014 midterm elections, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
If Republican candidates couldn't compete against the current unpopularity of the policies of President Barack Obama, Schmidt explained they would face an even harder job with viability in the 2016 elections.
"Anything short of a clear majority here is a disaster, a disaster for the Republican Party. If we cannot win in this geography, in this political climate, it is a terrible omen for 2016, and it is a catastrophic statement about the Republican Party's ability to compete as a national party," Schmidt, former campaign aide to Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain, said Tuesday.
Schmidt did, however, predict a "big night for Republicans across the country in the U.S. Senate," but said GOP governors could face a "difficult night," due to an anti-incumbency mood among voters.
"People in this country are unhappy. There's a lot of anxiety in the country, a lot of unsettlement in the country. And, they're taking it out on the chief executives in all of these states. People are generally disposed right now to be against the people who are in charge," he said.
Voters were fueling an "anti-Obama tide," rather than a pro-Republican tide, Schmidt said, adding the question for GOP lawmakers after the elections was whether "we're going to pass legislation, we're going to put it on the president's desk, we're going to be for popular items, and we're going to reinvigorate the national party."
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