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  •  ignoring state legislatures (4+ / 0-)

    The Democratic Party is paying a terrible price for ignoring state legislatures. Yes, the majority in the US Senate was saved, but the ability of the minority to stop anything makes that the lest useful body. I was just shocked to find out the party had ignored state legislatures in the election that would decide redistricting.

    Not putting particular blame on Democrats in North Carolina. I mean nationwide.

    •  Ignoring? (6+ / 0-)

      Maybe to an extend but the real damage in 2010 in Virginia or NC was Citizen United. In some counties in Appalachia was like carpet bombing

    •  Fallout from the 2010 midterm election (7+ / 0-)

      Dems lost influence in many states redistricting processes when they lost so many state level offices.  

      So many of the voters who turned out for Obama in 2008 didn't bother to vote in 2010, allowing the GOP to gerrymander districts in many states.  

      In the future, Obama and the DNC have to focus on educating their supporters, especially new and young voters, that its imperative they vote in elections when Obama isn't on the ballot.

      Tragic, sad situation - on an epic scale.  We won't be able to change this situation for another decade, at best.  We squandered an excellent opportunity to consolidate Dem gains in 2008.

      "I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one."

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 08:51:52 AM PST

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      •  In Ohio, some strategic political mistakes (0+ / 0-)

        were made by our governor, which cost us everything. He seems to be making noises about a comeback, about which I have very mixed feelings. He was a good governor, but his support of a radical anti-choice candidate on the statewide ticket and his allowing (or encouraging) his staff to get involved in shutting down a popular woman candidate in the primary for U.S. Senate cost us a huge swath of women volunteers. The party admitted recruiting volunteers was tough in 2010, and in Ohio, THAT was why. A lot of woman here are still seething about the party's attitude that a candidate's position on choice isn't that important, especially given that, after not mentioning the issue in the campaign, Ohio Republicans have rolled out the largest amount of anti-choice legislation ever, including the most radical bill anywhere in the country.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

        by anastasia p on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 09:30:11 AM PST

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        •  He listened to the central Ohio DLC idiots (0+ / 0-)

          and ended up making a couple of dumb mistakes.  It wasn't enough, though, to cost him the election.  Low voter turnout was the major problem for Ohio, though.  The GoP has learned to take advantage of our weakness in not educating voters.

          "I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one."

          by Betty Pinson on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 01:18:58 PM PST

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    •  Heavy price (1+ / 0-)
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      Unfortunately that neglect has set the party back at least a decade.

      The GOP has gerrymandered semi-permenant majorities in the state legislatures of most midwestern states (MI, PA, OH, WI, IN, MO). Even states where Democrats dominate like New York the GOP will hold the State Senate for the forseeable future even though they can't get 40% in a statewide race.

      You would have thought Democrats would have been prepared after the Tom Delay/Karl Rove fiasco in Texas but they weren't and paid a heavy price.

      The State Parties need to see sizable investment in all 50 states to rebuild at the local level. At the end of the day local and state governments touch people a lot more than the national government and the focus needs to be there. Some states are better than others. The State Parties in Colorado and California seem to be headed in the right direction. Until there is a comprehensive 50 State Plan like Howard Dean's then we will continue to struggle.

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