His remarks came at a conference with a dozen or so House candidates who took different shots at the "Tea Party Republican" House, flanked by poster-sized pink slips aimed at House Republicans that said, "Notice of termination: You're fired!"
Most independent analysts expect Democrats will win seats but fall far short of the net of 25 they need to win back the chamber — The Hill predicts they'll win eight to 10. Israel said he wasn't concerned with the "prophecies" of observers, however, and used a football analogy to argue that if the current political climate holds up, his party will win back control of the chamber.
"We've got the ball on their 20-yard line. The next 20 yards will largely be defined whether we have a wind against us or a wind at our backs. Right now we've got a wind at our backs," he said.
The National Republican Congressional Committee fired back.
"“The Democrat [sic.] team has fumbled the economy and American taxpayers have been left to foot the bill," NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said in a statement. "With President Obama as their quarterback they might as well take a knee now rather than defend their spending sprees that have made our economy worse."
This post was updated at 11:55 a.m.