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Bigger Than 2010


WASHINGTON — For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse.

Four years ago, the economy was still ailing and a new wave of conservative activism in the form of the Tea Party was roiling politics. This time, the economy was better, ideological energies on the right had abated — and Democrats suffered an even more stinging defeat. They lost Senate seats in presidential swing states such as Iowa, Colorado and North Carolina. They lost governorships in their most loyal bastions, from Massachusetts to Maryland to Illinois.

After a defeat of this scope, the sensible advice is usually, “Don’t overreact.” In this case, such advice would be wrong. Something — actually, many things — went badly for the progressive coalition on Tuesday. Its supporters were disheartened and unmotivated, failing to rally to President Obama and his party’s beleaguered candidates. And voters on the fence were left unpersuaded.

A dismissive shrug is inappropriate.

If Democrats are tempted to seek alibis, Republicans want to read the outcome as a vindication for their strategy of obstruction to Obama’s program and a ratification of right-wing ideology. As The New Yorker’s Jeff Shesol pointed out, leading Republicans from incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Sen.-elect Cory Gardner to Rep. Paul Ryan all discerned a message from the voters against what Ryan called “incompetent big government.”

To make the argument, they can cite the victories of two of their most ideologically driven governors, Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Sam Brownback in Kansas. Both won re-election despite a backlash against their policies. North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis survived a similar backlash to defeat Sen. Kay Hagan.

Yet the one thing that will save the Democrats and ignite progressives will be a Republican Party that ignores the extent to which its candidates — notably Gardner in Colorado and Sen.-elect Joni Ernst in Iowa — had to tack away from the right to win their signal victories.

The nation plainly did not vote in favor of more gridlock. Republicans will throw away the opportunity they have been handed if they mistake the general dissatisfaction with Obama’s leadership that they exploited for a specific turn to right-wing remedies. Many of Tuesday’s ballot issues were won by progressives. It’s instructive that four deeply red states, Alaska, Nebraska, Arkansas and South Dakota, all voted to raise the minimum wage.

Moreover, as Bill Clinton showed after the Democrats’ 1994 midterm defeat, the surest way to beat conservatives is to confront them when they press for steep cuts in government programs that voters like. Clinton’s mantra defending “Medicare, Medicaid, education and the environment” was revealing and successful. If Republicans move to repeal Obamacare — a cause they used to mobilize their base — the GOP will only remind Americans of the many parts of the Affordable Care Act they want to retain.

Republicans need to remember: The electorate that turns out at midterms is demographically narrower than the pool of voters who elect presidents. To claim a sweeping mandate now will get in the way creating a real one in 2016.

Ironically, perhaps, the party’s potential presidential candidates — particularly Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — will be pushing the party rightward. This could help individual Republicans, especially Cruz, in the 2016 primaries, but endanger the party as a whole in the fall.

Yet Democrats and Obama can’t simply blame defeat on an inevitable falloff in their midterm vote. They failed to give the faithful enough reason to cast a ballot.

Amy Walter of National Journal cited a Republican operative: “You can’t win on turnout if you are losing on message.” The clarity of the GOP’s anti-Obama battle cry, as Washington Post columnist Steve Pearlstein wrote, was not matched by a sustained Democratic argument about the dangers of a Republican victory or a broad defense of a progressive approach to government.

Democrats had pieces of an economic message. But they need a comprehensive and more ambitious answer for voters angry about stagnating incomes. They took out their rage on the party in the White House.

For Obama, there is no escaping the urgency of restoring energy to his administration and confidence in his leadership. He should begin by focusing on the travails of Americans — including blue-collar whites as well as traditional members of his coalition — for whom neither the economy nor the government seems to be working. They’re the ones who keep sending Washington desperate messages, both by voting and by staying home.

E.J. Dionne’s email address is ejdionne@washpost.com. Twitter: @EJDionne.

Photo: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thanks supporters as he wins another term over challenger Mary Burke during a rally at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center in West Allis, WI, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT)

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E. J. Dionne

Besides contributing to The National Memo, E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and a university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.

His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2013).

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  1. Dominick Vila November 6, 2014

    Ignoring the message sent to us by the American people, which in addition to the anticipated onslaught in Southern and Bible Belt states, also included losses in states like Maryland and Iowa, would be politically suicidal. What happened goes well beyond a difficult midterm electoral map and the usual losses that most presidents endure during their last midterm elections, the widespread and dramatic losses we just saw were a clear message of dissatisfaction that went well beyond politics as usual. When some of the bluest of blue states reject our agenda and clamor for change, it is time to listen, and listen carefully.
    It could be said that some voters were so tired of the gridlock that paralyzed Washington during the past 6 years that they decided to vote for Republican Senate candidates to put an end to it, but that does not make sense when we consider the number of Republican Governors elected in blue states.
    It is evident that as robust as the economic recovery is, and that in spite of all the good paying jobs that are being created, the prosperity that is evident to most has not reached a large segment of our population. It is also evident that in spite of the gains we have made on domestic and foreign policy issues, most Americans are fearful of the future and are convinced that something is inherently wrong, both in terms of preservation of values and traditions, and in us being able to preserve our standard of living for future generations.
    Instead of panicking, we must reflect on what happened, we must be willing to compromise and work with the opposition, we must focus on what is best for the country and, above all, educate the populace. We allowed the opposition to distort our record, turn progress into a negative, and scare an electorate with a level of negativism, hyperbole, lies, and partisan politics that even the most progressive voters ended up believing that good is bad, that saving the economy was irrelevant, that the reason some of us cannot aspire to get the high paying jobs that are available and that, more often than not, go to foreign professionals is not because we did not pursue the education needed to qualify for them but because an evil government was working against us, and all the other cheap rhetoric that should have been ignored, but was not. There are many reasons for what happened, some were our own fault, some were caused by ignorance, some by the fact that we failed to challenge the claims made by the opposition, some by a desire to end gridlock, but what is clearly evident is that most Americans are convinced that the country is moving in the wrong direction and regardless of what that is true or not, we simply cannot ignore their perception and must address it in a convincing and pragmatic way, including working with the opposition and moving to the center.
    Part of the message was that the country is not as liberal as many of us believe. The power of religion, old values and traditions, and fear of change, all worked against us, and will influence future elections if we don’t change course.

    1. Theodora30 November 6, 2014

      It looks like the biggest factor was the failure of enough younger voters and single women to come out and vote. Apparently African Americans showed up. I would like to see a survey that looks at the reasons for this. I have seen a lot of speculation but would like to have answers from these groups.

      1. Dominick Vila November 6, 2014

        All but two of my grandchildren and nephews, old enough to be eligible to vote, voted Republican. My own wife, a loyal Democrat – and a devout Catholic – was so disgusted by the “war on women” mantra, which many women interpret as wholesale endorsement of abortion, that I had to use all my powers of persuasion to convince her to vote blue.
        The problem for us is not that the young and women did not vote, but that most of them voted red. The war on women tactic was a flop. Based on what I have seen thus far only 51% of women voted for Democrats, while almost 60% of men voted Republican. Seniors proved to be, once again, an asset for Republicans.
        The truth is that the GOP was much more disciplined than us, they turned out in huge numbers, their political strategists – and candidates – did an outstanding job, and we did a miserable job at highlighting the positive effects of our policies, and address the fears or uncertainties shared by so many Americans.

        1. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

          Americans WANT to belive the Republican lies. Your leadership needs to acknowledge that. Improve your messaging! We’re heading toward Facism in a Republican Christianist state.

          1. Dominick Vila November 6, 2014

            My leadership? Are you referring to President Obama, VP Biden, Nancy Pelosi and other democrats? FYI, I have been a Democrat all my life, and will remain a Democrat. The difference between you and I is that I try to analyze things objectively, don’t mind acknowledging mistakes, and try to find solutions, instead of engaging in the old fashion far left rhetoric that contributed to the shellacking we just endured.

          2. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

            I’m an Ind that leans Dem these days. I don’t get to vote in Primaries. Thats why its “your” leadership, not “ours”. Frankly I don’t know who sets the message, but if its Obama, Pelosi, and Biden, then yes, they need to find someone that understands how to run a campaign in a Republican leaning nation. The difference between you and I is that I’m just angry while you are justifying the loss by “analyzing things objectively”. Seriously! Your Dem candidates wouldn’t even be seen with a President with Obama’s record! Holy Crap, if a Republican president had that kind of success record, he wouldn’t have been in the White HOuse for the last 6 months. Quit trying to be objective, and get real. Now you may begin to understand why I won’t sign on as a Dem. Cowards. Take on the Rep lies, fight back with the truth, challenge the “Jesus is a Republican” BS, then you begin to earn my respect. Now you are just wound licking wusses.

          3. Dominick Vila November 6, 2014

            I did not say I am not sickened by what happened, and the fact that so many Democratic candidates distanced themselves from a President who has achieved more in six years than most former Presidents did during the past half century. But being angry is not going to solve anything.

          4. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

            Angry is often the first step to action. Just look at the Rep playbook.

          5. highpckts November 6, 2014

            What kind of “action” do you suggest?? Just curious as to what you would do to straighten out this whole mess! We have 2 years of this and if a GOP President is elected in 2016, we are doomed.

          6. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

            Thanks for asking. The only Dem hope in 2016 is demonstrate the horrible consequences of the Rep leadership. Obama needs to do something incredibly risky, but bold and demonstrative. Give the Reps 30 days. Sign every bill they send him. Then crucify them with the results. Then you can say…see why the Dems deserve control again? The Reps are friggin’ nuts. Everything he signs can be reversed after the Dems take control again. Also, pound the hell out the electorate with postive Dem messages contrasted against wingnut republican messages. As an Ind, I can tell you the Dems are better for the nation. Problem is, they don’t know how to communicate to people that have a negative impression of them. Tunnel vision……..

          7. highpckts November 6, 2014

            Agree! I said from the beginning we should have fought fire with fire!! we sat back and let the GOP get away with one lie after another and never highighted the good that has been done!

          8. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

            Yes, and now most Americans belive the lies. But luckily their 20 second attention span means they can be pursuaded with a direct, accurate, succinct argument. Get their attention with the 30 day stunt, then rebuild your brand and you have a good chance.

          9. Allan Richardson November 6, 2014

            Sign every bill they send him for the first 30 days? They will then start with their WORST bills, which can cause so much damage that even with a 90 percent Democratic majority in both houses, and Warren as President, it will be too late to fix it after two years!

            Besides, the GOP ads in 2016 will blame the current President, and by implication the Democratic nominee, for the damage done by the bills THEY passed. They are not above twisting the facts. In George W. Bush’s campaign, he took credit for a progressive bill in Texas which was passed by OVERRIDING HIS VETO!

          10. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

            He simply must do something courageous, bold, and overtly visible to illustrate the Republican’s bad governance; and to give the 2016 Dem candidates fodder for the race. If he doesn’t…..you are going to get at least 2 YEARS worth of the same thing and instead of having somone to shine the light on the details fo the bills, they’ll be covering it up. So YES he needs to do this. Consider it penance for the worst performance in the mid terms–ever. (I made that up….I have no idea what the worst performance really was).

      2. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

        The biggest factor is Dems had no dang message! Reps used their standard message and Americans forgave them for the Bush disaster. Please learn from this! Find some new leadership, PLEASE.

        1. highpckts November 6, 2014

          We had no message????? I haven’t heard ONE thing mentioned from the GOP! NOT ONE!!! All they want to do is repeal everything this President has done! That is their only agenda! Embarrass and criticize the President but, i believe, in the end, the GOP will prove who they really are and NOTHING WILL IMPROVE UNDER THEM!! THEY HAVE NEVER HAD ANY “PLAN” AND STILL DON’T THAT WILL HELP THIS COUNTRY EXCEPT TO MAKE THE RICH RICHER!!

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          2. highpckts November 6, 2014

            Our plans were already in place! The too dense to find their asses with both hands GOP voters were only concerned with what effects them personally and not with what the GOP will do to the country as a whole!

          3. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

            Here’s what I would have done:
            1) Job Growth numbers for Obama
            2) Job growth numbers for Dem admins vs Reps since 1970 (this is good for Dems and shows consistency)
            3) Personal liberty – Dems support personal liberty. No harm will come to staunch Christians, but we want to treat a broader group of citizens equal protection and equal rights. This is easily positioned well…but must provide “amnesty” for fear-filled religious citizens. It takes leadership, but its not that hard.
            4) I’ll just put it into this short message: “Would Jesus vote for Ted Cruz?”
            5) Obama’s record in the middle east is hardly better than Bush’s…I couldn’t help him here because I think he’s made too many mistakes.
            6) Dems wealth distribution to poor Americans is less damaging than Reps wealth redistribution to rich people. Easy to demonstrate in 30 seconds or less.
            7) Deficit spending…why we did it. What we are going to do to stop it ASAP…and how we will seek help from voters. Tough decisions must be made.
            8) Obamacare…many many good results. Tout them. The bad results, admit them and fix them. The process builds trust.
            9) Focus on election funding. Citizens United sold our nation out. Americans of all political beliefs agree on this one. Someone needs to lead the charge to fix it.

          4. highpckts November 6, 2014

            I agree.

    2. FT66 November 6, 2014

      I do not think there will be any compromise, when you hear the other side are insisting to roll back everything the President has achieved so far, especially the ACA. Is there anyone who is thinking right, think the President will raise his hand, take a pen and sign to scrub off ACA? This is not going to happen, and doesn’t indicate that two different sides are eager to work together.

      1. Dominick Vila November 6, 2014

        The compromise may involve things such as agreeing to more tax breaks to corporations that already pay little or no taxes, and increases in subsidies to corporations, in exchange for leaving the ACA alone.

        1. angelsinca November 9, 2014

          The ppACA shouldn’t be repealed. But it is so deeply flawed, it must reformed before even being fully implemented. Even Obama knows this and demonstrated it when he used executive order to delay its implementation. The best thing the Dems can do to win over the people for 2016 is to fix the ACA and ease the pain it is causing the young and middle class.

          1. Dominick Vila November 10, 2014

            Every major program, at all levels of government, has been modified and improved as those responsible for them learned more about their strengths and weaknesses. The ACA is not an exception to that rule. President Obama was very clear when he said that he welcomed recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the ACA when he implemented it, what he objected to was its repeal.
            Going back to the days when fellow Americans with pre-existing conditions were denied coverage, when people with serious and expensive illnesses had to sell everything they had to stay alive, and when millions of Americans relied on Emergency Room care, and did not get the preventive medical care to live a healthy live because they could not afford to pay exorbitant premiums, is not an option.
            Hopefully common sense will prevail and our politicians in Washington will work together to put this illogical debate behind us. The same goes for the Governors that still reject the MEDICARE expansion, against the best interests of their constituents.

    3. awakenaustin November 6, 2014

      I agree with much, most of what you say. The concern I voice is how you work in the best interest of the nation and compromise with those who define both of those as doing things their way. It isn’t like this President hasn’t reached across the aisle. He has! And in return gained what?
      Sometimes compromise is a half wrong answer.

      1. Dominick Vila November 6, 2014

        I don’t believe we have a choice on the issue of meeting Republicans half way. I am convinced that one of the most important reasons for the way so many Americans, including many Democrats, voted was to end the gridlock that caused so much damage to our democracy and well being during the last 6 years.
        Blaming the GOP, and blaming ourselves, is not going to solve anything. We must work constructively and forcefully to ensure ALL Americans benefit from the economic recovery. Compromise is not the same as surrender, and does not mean we have to abandon our values or goals. For example, the GOP’s solution to ensure all Americans have an opportunity to find a good job is to give more tax breaks to corporations. Why don’t we go along with them on that issue in exchange for investment in infrastructure, which in my opinion would have a greater and immediate impact?
        I think that in addition to compromise we have to do a better job in explaining the rationale for our policies, and how they benefit mainstream Americans. The first step to achieve that is to get rid of the entire Democratic campaign team and replace them with people closer to the real world, and capable of articulating what should be obvious, but is often distorted by Republican campaign strategists that are much more persuasive than ours.
        We must also look beyond the last two years of President Obama’s tenure, and prepare for what is likely to be another difficult election for Democrats. We have to stop dreaming of facing ideological crazies. The GOP ticket in 2016 is likely to be Jeb Bush-Nikki Haley. It is not going to be a walk in the park. other

      2. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

        You must defeat them by getting their voters to behind your message before they will compromise. Thats it. There is no other way. When your candidates can’t even communicate the successes of the Obama admin, there is no hope of regaining leadership.

    4. elw November 6, 2014

      Dominick, I have nothing but respect for you, but honestly have to say you are putting too much significance in this win. In the whole history of the Country they have only been 3 presidents who did not lose seats in their second term-mid-terms and Reagan, Bush and Clinton all lost both houses of congress in their second terms. I think the President should stand firm and fight for what he believes in and do everything he can to protect all the Social Programs in place. There is no message in this race it was a midterm in which most of the races took place in Red States – all it tells us is that the GOP base in the Red States is strong – something we already know. Take a deep breath and put it all in perspective.

      1. Dominick Vila November 6, 2014

        What concerns me the most about what happened on 11/4 is not the fact that we lost a midterm election, but the fact that we lost states like Maryland and Iowa. I don’t think we should abandon our goals or values, but I believe we must learn to negotiate in good faith and avoid becoming the obstructionist party. We must also learn to articulate the benefit of the progress we have made since President Obama was inaugurated, and we must do whatever it takes to reassure those who are consumed by fear of change or who are convinced that economic Armageddon is around the corner. Fear, regardless of whether it is justified or not, is a powerful emotion that often prompts people to react in ways that, more often than not, are against their best interests.

        1. elw November 6, 2014

          I do not believe that we have ever been the obstructionist party and or that President Obama would negotiate without good faith. I do agree that Democrats (and Republicans) should be proud of what they voted for, their accomplishment and not be afraid to brag about them because someone might not vote for them. That is called being honest, which we all know does not apply to many elected individuals of all Parties. Although I will admit that the Republicans are better at it then we are, even through the negate that by often taking credit for things the Democrats have done. You have to keep things in perspective, this is not the first time a Blue State voted in Republicans and there have been many election were Red States have voted in Democrats. I keep in mind that although the Republicans now have the chance to prove themselves capable of governing, they are so closed minded, uncreative, and arrogant that they will screw their chance up and that this time they will not be able to blame it on no one but themselves.

          1. Dominick Vila November 7, 2014

            I saw evidence of the GOP taking credit for what the Obama administration has done first hand. One of Gov. Scott’s most persuasive political commercials involved a claim that former Republican Florida Governor Crist has lost millions of jobs (Great Recession), and that he, Gov Scott, had created hundreds of thousands of jobs as a result of his policies. To accentuate the creation of good paying jobs during Scott’s tenure, the commercial showed people building a U.S. Navy at the Mayport Facility in North Florida! The fact that Gov Scott had laid off thousands of teachers, and that the ship was being built was Federal monies was completely ignore by his delighted followers.
            Perception is often more powerful than reality.

          2. elw November 7, 2014

            it is true that perception can often seem more powerful than reality, especially when talking with Republicans. But we still out number them and only 38% of registered voters actually voted in this election. Don’t let it get you down – they will not do so well in 2016. Do not give up yet.

    5. Justin Napolitano November 6, 2014

      The truth is Dominick that the Republicans are trying with all of their might to convince the American people that a black person is not fit to be President. That is the message. They want to poison the well. for all time, for any black or non-white person that tries to run for the presidency in the future.
      Republicans have lied, cheated and outright stolen this and many other elections but their time is going to come to an end.
      You can only tell the same lie so many times before people say enough.

  2. Eleanore Whitaker November 6, 2014

    Curious thing…Why did McConnell find it so imperative to hold HIS news conference before President Obama’s Press Conference? With every word out of Wannabbe President McConnell’s mouth, he shows how importnt it is to be one step ahead of a president he feels shouldn’t be president. Keep digging and what you really see is McConnell, a true son of the Old South and a bigot.

    McConnell, took the trouble in his speech before the President’s press conference to make a veiled threat that anything the president intends to do in this last 2 years will be met by the GOP by the GOP who will “poison the water.” This is the words of a man who has the country’s best interests in mind?

    I don’t fear the almighty gods of the GOP. As was once written, “Powerful men don’t need power. Weak men do.” This describes the GOP perfectly.

    In reality, the GOP believes it will use nullification to gut the ACA, immigration reform anything else GOP bigots like McConnell can do to steal our tax dollars to hand to their capitalistic cronies. Think again.

    When you consider that this election was so enormously tilted in red states who outnumbered blue, how would the GOP Koch billions not buy these states? Already on the GOP agenda is another tax cut for corporations. Meaning, more profits up the wazoo for CEOs and no responsiblity to create jobs. More GOP hostage taking of the middle class.

    1. jmprint November 6, 2014

      I just keep thinking, I wonder how much of that drug money his father-in-law donated to McConnell’s treasure cove.

      1. FT66 November 6, 2014

        A lot. BUT he isn’t obliged to disclose!

      2. Eleanore Whitaker November 7, 2014

        Everything in this life that we do has consequences. Right now the GOP bulls are stupidly thinking they’ve got all of us by the balls. Really? Or, are we just skating along waiting for them to screw up another 8 years?

        President Obama is a shrewd strategist. McConnell knew if he didn’t make his speech before President Obama, that would have meant a bi-racial man got ahead of Wannabee President McConnell. And no card carrying KY bigot can EVER allow that.

        What McConnell did with his “poison the water” speech was a nail in the GOP’s coffin. Meanwhile, the Dems go placidly amid the crowds waiting for the same 8 years of screw ups the GOP pulled when the Cheney Administration had control.

        If there is one thing you can count on with GOP men, it’s their weakest spot…superiority complexes. That’s their biggest handicap.

        They aren’t better than us, more intelligent than us nor even remotely more politically strategic than us.

        We’ll let them leave another mess their control freakism always causes. That will be Strike 2. There won’t be a Strike 3 when Hillary Clinton wins by a landslide.

        1. jmprint November 7, 2014

          I totally agree with you.

  3. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

    Democrats seem utterly unable to explain their policies. The Republican message is simple: “Democrats kill jobs, run deficits and ruin the nation by redistributing your wealth to losers.” It works. Deal with it next time. No wonder Democrats lose. A simple message would be Democrats generate jobs, run smaller deficits and don’t redistribute your wealth to rich people. Its exactly the opposite message and thats what the statitstics prove. Another message would be: do you think Jesus would be a Republican? Then post some progressive quotes from the bible. This really isn’t that hard folks. Americans have about 20 second attention span. You see what the Republican do, it works. Learn something and start winning again. If you don’t purple the red states, we’re doomed to suffer the consequences. Dems need much better leadership…you’re leadership just stinks.

    1. highpckts November 7, 2014

      Why do they have to explain something that is happening and showing success? They should have put all the numbers in front of the people and let them know how much things are improving because of these plans! The people are just too lazy to do it themselves! They will listen to whoever and believe the first thing they hear! They never heard fron the Dems!

      1. RepublicansRNotConservative November 7, 2014

        Most Americans pay little attention to politics. So if you don’t tell them, its not up for consideration. At least thats what I think.

        1. highpckts November 7, 2014

          I find that most of the 50 and older group pay attention. The rest are too wrapped in everyday life to care unless it hits them in the wallet!

  4. highpckts November 6, 2014

    Incompetent government??? They haven’t seen anything yet!!

    1. RepublicansRNotConservative November 7, 2014

      The Dems have been incompetent when it comes to touting their successes. Reps have been exceptionally competent in painting the Dems as failures. You have to be honest about both points highpckts.

      1. highpckts November 7, 2014

        Oh I totally agree! We sat back and let them have at us without a peep!!

  5. elw November 6, 2014

    Panic, hardly. Presidents” Reagan, Bush and Clinton all experienced big loses in their second term mid-term. Now how did that work out for them? In fact, in all of history only three Presidents have not. Everyone needs to take a deep breathe accept the defeat and just get back up and keep fighting. This is not the first time Democrats have lost a large number of seats in a mid-term nor will it be the last. Let the GOP crow all they want, they have two years to prove themselves and in the next election (as always) it will be the Democrats who have the upper hand, simply because their big money and gerrymandering does not work as well for National elections. Now does anyone out there honestly think that the GOP can prove itself in two years, to women, minorities and all the other they love to bash? No way in Hell will that happen. This is just one small loss nothing more.

    1. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

      No, their goal will be to make the president look awful. They will succeed, and win in 2016, if he doesn’t do something incredibly bold to counter that.

      1. elw November 6, 2014

        Yep they tried that with Clinton and even with him giving them material for them to use against him they ended losing the battle. They always push too far. Never underestimate President Obama – he is one smart man.

    2. easton November 6, 2014

      under Clinton Democrats actually gained a few seats in the House and held form in the Senate (granted Republicans had 55 seats before and after) it was considered so bad for Republicans that Gingrich resigned.

      1. elw November 6, 2014

        Under Clinton – everything the Republicans did ended up being a win for Clinton. They never seem able to see the line that tells them they have gone too far. I predict they will spend more of their time passing bill meant to undermine the ACA – even though they will never become law.

        1. RepublicansRNotConservative November 6, 2014

          Go read Andrew Sullivan’s blog article about Republican wins at the local level. Republicans now dominate national government holding over 4000 of 7000 government positions. Likely we’re all living under the oppression of Republicans for the next 6 or 10 years. Obama and Biden could resign and let the Republicans hang themselves again as Boehner became President. The last Republican adminstration was the worst presidency in my lifetime. But Americans forgot in only 6 years! I have never felt stronger that this nation is on the verge of collapse.

          1. elw November 6, 2014

            Andrew Sullivan is a joke. Try reading something that is not written by someone who writes what you want to hear. Local Government ground game does not translate into a National level by any stretch of the imagination. You are grasping for straws. You sound like a Republican, so you must be one. Who cares what you feel, people have been yelling the sky is falling since President Obama won his first term. And yet, we have had a slow steady recovery from the mess left behind by President Bush. Your feeling may be strong, however, that still does not make them a true prediction of what the future holds.

          2. RepublicansRNotConservative November 7, 2014

            1) I assure you, I am not a Republican. I’m not a Dem either. I consider myself an Independent that leans Dem. If you consider yourself a Dem, your vantage point might the problem.
            2) I now know your opinion about “the Dish”. Mine is different. I appreciate that he gives voice to disparate opinions and allows for issue based debates. Too bad more folks don’t appreciate his approach. Yes, I suppose logical, well thought out debates are what I want to hear!
            3) Grasping for straws….I don’t know what you mean. Frankly, at this point “desperate” & “doomed” would be how I’d describe the way I feel. I’ve never felt more strongly that I wish I could move to another country.
            4) If your party, the Democrats, had touted Obama’s successes instead of running away like he had Ebola, maybe the losses wouldn’t have been so bad. Its inconceviable to me that Americans forgot the disaster of Bush-Cheney. But they did. And now what? How will Dems ever regain any control with the Gerrymandered Districts and no message?

          3. elw November 7, 2014

            Look I am sorry this election has been so depressing for you, but I have to tell you again this is not the first time one party or the other has had this kind of loss in a mid-term election. Historically, it means far less than the press and the politicians are pretending. It is not the end of the world, in fact it is more the norm than not. I agree 100% about not understanding why the Democrats are not more proud of what they have accomplished – they should have been yelling at the top of their lungs. I am a registered Democrat, but not a very good one – I have a past history of voting for other parties when I thought their candidate was better. That has not happened in very long time. I do not think Democrats are perfect – they are just the lessor of two evils to me. Until we, the people, do something that reverses the Citizen United decision, put up enough of a fuss about gerrymandering nothing is going to change. You would be amazed at how pressure from voters can change things. Write letters, join groups fighting for the causes you care about and NEVER GIVE UP the fight. Mark my work, the Republicans are inept, they will make fools of themselves for the next two years and 2016 is a National election Gerrymandering does not help them in those and in 2016 they have far more seat up for reelection than the Dems do. This past election is a lost battle not a major war. Did you know that Pot was legalized in several more states, more states past laws increasing the minimum wage, and several more passed laws making same sex marriage legal. None of which are GOP supported. The beast (the voters) is waking up, two years of GOP nonsense will have them in a frenzy.

          4. RepublicansRNotConservative November 7, 2014

            Thanks, ELW. I appreciate your positive outlook, including the examples. And I hope your predictions in 2016 all come true! I’m sure I will be doing my part to help.

          5. elw November 7, 2014

            Your welcome. I have no doubt that you will do your part. We need many more like you. Unless the GOP has some dark horse hidden somewhere, I cannot see them winning. The candidates on their list now are all too radical and just sound crazy. On a National level, this Country has Always rejected anyone who leans too far Right or Left. When that changes then and only then will I start worrying.

  6. Justin Napolitano November 6, 2014

    You can not fight the Republicans with the truth or with facts. You have to say things like: Climate change is going to drown all of us, in time, but the immediate effect is the ongoing longest drought in history in California and the west and is causing the increase in food prices. The Keystone pipeline is just so the rich oil companies can export our oil to other countries which will cause a shortage, higher prices and more profit for them.
    Voter ID and other suppression tactics are to keep the blacks and minorities from voting. Say it time and time again and do not let up. Raise the minimum wage, raise the minimum wage, raise the minimum wage and threaten to start a huge union movement while reminding people, over and over again that many people that work for Wal-mart are on food stamps because the company is too cheap to pay a living wage. Go after Disney, which is another pig, charging prices that would make Walt turn over in his grave. Go after colleges that have raised tuition to levels that have caused million of Americans to carry a debt that may not be payed off during their lifetime. Colleges are pigs that have succeeded in creating large business enterprises with the primary goal of making money instead of providing a relevant education that can demand a living wage and middle class existence. Go after career politicians that care more about reelection than doing their job for their constituents. Go after businesses that send jobs overseas and their profits to tax havens. Don’t buy one product made by Apple which is, by far, the biggest pig in the universe. Americans buy millions of their products but they will not build one plant in the US and they hide their profits in other countries screwing the federal out of much needed taxes. In fact the amount of taxes corporations pay,as a percentage of overall taxes, is the lowest in 60 years, hovering at just 10 percent, while at the same time people that work for a loving are paying 80 percent of all Federal revenue in the form of withholding and income taxes.
    I could go on but you get the picture.

    1. Whatmeworry November 6, 2014

      Hmmm the Canadian oil is currently being carried by the CSX railroad and its single largest share holder is Buffet. Who has given millions to Barak’s campaign.
      The CA drought that you mention is exactly OPPOSITE what the computer modeling should be if global warming was real

      1. jmprint November 7, 2014

        Are you a parrot, you keep repeating!

    2. Whatmeworry November 6, 2014

      Hmmm the Canadian oil is currently being carried by the CSX railroad and its single smallest share holder is Buffet. Who has given millions to Barack’s campaign.
      The CA drought that you mention is exactly OPPOSITE what the computer modeling, proving to me global warming was real

      1. RepublicansRNotConservative November 7, 2014

        Warren Buffet does not own CSX. He owns BNSF. Geeze you’re a wise guy.

  7. Whatmeworry November 6, 2014

    What utter nonsense. The past 6 years have been tumultuous thanks to a president who thinks that he is a God and can rule by fiat. Barak is the poster child as to why quotas and set asides never work. He was an empty suit as a legislature a Senator and way over his head as president.
    He’s managed to set race relations back 40 years and add $11T to the debt and we have NUTTING to show for it

    1. RepublicansRNotConservative November 7, 2014

      Incredible stupidity on display there Whatmeworry! It takes a while to fix the mistakes left by “W”, the WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY. On that front, Obama’s done OK. Imagine, if you will, how we’d be doing if the Govt hadn’t injected so much as into the economy! Unemployment would be on par wtih the Great Depression, banks would failed, etc, etc. After the fiasco of last Republican administration, its going to take a long time for this nation to recover. My biggest criticism of Obama is In the Mid-East, he’s basically, Bush again. Its a freakinn’ mess and we really shouldn’t be there at all.

      1. Whatmeworry November 9, 2014

        W inherited a recession from Clinton did you ever hear him whine and cry?? No that’s because he was a man while the cry baby in the WH continues to show he’s an empty suit. Barak Inherited exactly what he voted for as a US Senator when Dem’s took over in 2006

      2. Whatmeworry November 10, 2014

        W inherited a recession from Reagan did you ever hear him whine and
        cry?? No that’s because he was a man while the cry baby in the WH
        continues to show he’s an empty suit. Barack Inherited exactly what he
        voted for as a US Senator when Dem’s took over in 2006

    2. jmprint November 7, 2014

      You are a nut case. Why don’t you come down to Texas and stand by your buddies, you can choose the KKK or the Neo-Cons. they are waiting proudly with open arms to accommodate your ilk. They are the same type of christian you are.

      1. Whatmeworry November 9, 2014

        as opposed to NY or CA where the communists and socialists thrive

  8. Whatmeworry November 6, 2014

    What makes sense. The past 6 years have been tumultuous thanks to a
    president who is a God and can rule by fiat. Barack is the poster child as to why quotas and set asides work. He was an full suit as a legislature a Senator and way ahead as president.
    He’s managed to set race relations ahead 40 years and add $11T to solve the debt and we have NUTTING to show for it


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