WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney predicts that the November midterm elections will not bode well for the Democratic Party.

Speaking with CNN on Sunday, President Barack Obama’s press secretary from 2011 until June of this year said that history shows November’s elections won’t be favorable for Democrats.

“It’s not going to be a good year for Democrats by definition,” Carney said. “The last time an incumbent president’s party did well in a midterm was 2002, which was very strange in the wake of 9/11. The sixth year is always particularly bad for a president’s party.”

“You couple that with the fact so many seats are defended by Democrats in red states where Mitt Romney did very well against the president, double-digits in most cases, and there’s no outcome in November that anybody could say would be great for Democrats except for barely holding onto the Senate.”

But Carney noted that Republicans’ ability to take back control of the Senate in addition to retaining the House could have an impact on their future favorability with U.S. voters.

“The problem for Republicans, if they win, is Americans begin to think ‘We hate Congress’ and it’s now clear that one party is in control of Congress,” said Carney.

Carney added the stalemate between the two parties will likely continue for the remainder of Obama’s time in office.

“Either outcome produces terrible gridlock,” Carney said. “What we’ve seen for the last two years, I think, is record gridlock.”


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