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Thu Nov 20, 2014, 10:07 AM

Why the Ds lost in 2014 .... my rant to a friend in Wisconsin

The reasons for the democratic losses in the last elections are many:

1) 2014 w/the help of a dirty media was one of the most corrupt elections ever. Power being cut from voting locations in Florida, Georgia's Sec. of State "lost" 40,000 new democratic registrations, in Louisiana voting machines didn't show up at black voting precincts until 9:00 AM by which time many working people had to leave and go to their jobs, North Carolina had electronic voting machines "flipping votes" from D to R, 33 states w/Republican Sec. of State were running a software program that kicked out votes from people who "might be voting twice" (something that doesn't happen) people in Kansas and Wisconsin voting against their own best interests, Chicago area voting officials getting calls from republicans that kept them from showing up at their jobs for hours which cost God knows how many votes*, and just strange results http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025795373

* http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/11/12/3591417/chicago-robocalls/

2) Mitch McConnell and others got together in January of 2009 and put together a plan to block anything and everything that President Obama would try to do and run a "scorched earth" game plan to gridlock the government and because we have a corporate controlled media the meme was sold "that both sides were at fault"for the gridlock even though that just wasn't true. Low voter turn out was the GOP's goal w/their gridlock.

3) Failure of many of the democrats to stand up for what is good for the people ...... these republicans are nut balls they want to sell off everything, close public schools, close the USPO (post office), take away health care and reproductive rights from women, and lots of other crap .... We should have won in a walk in some cases ..... republicans in the House spent 3 days to pass a bill that would take away overtime pay from workers. Take away overtime pay from workers?? Are you fucking kidding me? Gerrymandering also made many congressional races almost impossible to win.

4) President Obama has done one of the best jobs in history as POTUS but many democrats ran away from him ...... Democrats such as Al Franken and Alan Grayson who ran supporting the President and Progressive ideas won their races easily. Other progressive ideas won in red states too.

5) Republicans Cheat end of story http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017224941

6) The geography of many of the races were not favorable to democrats.

7) Traditionally a party that has been in the White House for 2 terms doesn't do well in the 6th year's elections.

8) Nationally, state, and local traditional democratic leaders were the "limp grooms" on the wedding night.

9) Citizens United allowed billions of $s in dark money to corrupt the process ...... The Koch Brothers are sitting on $100 billion in tar sands oil and they saw investing in the GOP as a good business move.

10) MY guess is that 30% of Americans still can't stand the idea that a n***** is the President and that 30% votes.

11) The demographics for the GOP nationwide is brutal so they have to lie, cheat, and steal to keep power and the media helps them ...... example they played the "fear of Ebola and secure the borders" card very well in the last election but truth be told Obama started working on Ebola in late spring 2014, his pick as surgeon general was blocked by republicans, and the GOP blocked requests by the White House for funding to fight ebola many different times ...... but with a dirty media America never heard these truths. BTW now that the election is over do you heart anything about ebola? Parts of Africa >90% death rate from ebola but in the USA >90% cure rate for ebola.

12) Not enough homes in America have Sporobolus heterolepis and homes that have Sporobolus heterolepis vote liberal.





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Thu Nov 20, 2014, 10:38 AM

1. Excellent analysis, thanks Botany.

 

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Thu Nov 20, 2014, 10:55 AM

2. Yeah, but Dems were more polite to their opponents

Isn't that our strategy?

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Sun Jul 26, 2015, 01:48 PM

3. Too many black helicopters

You are focusing too much on conspiracies and not enough on motivation. The President's party almost always loses seats in the midterm elections. The GOP played to their angry, agitated base and got them to show up by using identity politics and pandering to their most basic instincts. Nothing motivates people like fear and Republican's were convinced by their leadership that their country was on the edge of destruction. Democrats were feeling disheartened by a lack of policy progress and the malaise of the sixth year. Just look at Kansas. A massively disliked Republican whom many thought would be sent packing beat out Independent candidate Greg Orman because it was a landslide conservative vote in almost every state across the country. Sure, Republicans are mean and nasty - http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/04/gop-plays-ugly-against-independents.html - the are playing to win. You don't have to get down in the mud to claim the W on election night but if your voters are pissed, then you be pissed with them. Blaming voting machines and corrupt politicians ignores larger problems and actually hurts the organizing needed to put progressives into office. The gutting of voting rights act by the Supreme Court is a tragedy, absolutely. Go after the policy though, not the black helicopters.

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