Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Wednesday that Sen. Arlen Specter's defection from the Republican Party is "the first visible evidence" that the GOP will crush the Democrats in the upcoming 2010 midterm elections.
Inhofe, in an interview with on Fox News, agreed with South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's comment that Specter's joining the Democrats and giving them 60 seats in the Senate is the "best thing" for Republicans because it will cause a popular backlash similar to the one that brought Republicans to power in 1994.
"I thought I was the only one who was really pleased with this change," Inhofe said. "This is the first visible evidence that what happened in 1993 is happening again now."
Inhofe compared President Obama to Bill Clinton, saying Bill Clinton was similarly popular and squandered his momentum on gun control and "Hillary health care."
"All these things, people rebelled against that," Inhofe said. "You saw what happened in the election of '94. Now we have the same thing happening, we have Obama doing the same thing that Clinton did back in 1993. In fact, it's worse. Instead of a 1.5 trillion budget we have a 3.2 trillion budget. All of these things are happening right now and people are already starting to rebel against it."
When asked about a Wednesday Wall Street Journal column arguing that Specter's defection represented a "crushing setback for the GOP" and trouble in 2010, Inhofe said he didn't buy it.
"If anything, people will just be focused more on the fact that [Democrats] now will have 60 votes, and that will help reverse this thing in 2010."