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    I have only 3 thoughts:

    1)  Make 2014 about Obama.  Obama is an inspirational guy.  A lot of this has to do with the fact that he relates to people as an authentic person and as one who really wants to help the poor and middle class within his power to do so.  We have to make 2014 about Obama to draw more voters out.  We also need Obama and OFA fully participating in order to do that right.

    "Thanks for voting for Obama.  Now help him complete his work by giving him the Congress that can stop the roadblocks and move  his policies forward."  I'm taking my cue in part from this diary that claims 85,000 who voted for Obama did not vote for the Dem senate candidate.  THAT is a TRAVESTY.

    2) Do some Dem voter education.  Voters that generally like Obama need more education about just how polarized the GOP has made Washington.  They also need to understand how important down ticket  contests are.  They need to be shown the reason to vote Dem and not just Obama.  Thanks to a lazy corporate media many voters are only focused on the President.  House meetings, canvassings and mailings can help fill in the facts.  They need to know the Prez is just one actor in a complex government.  They may even need to be told, "The President doesn't matter as much as you think".

    Forget the president. Not totally, of course. The president matters. But not as much as you think. Not as much as you've been led to believe. The centrality of the executive is something of a convenient fiction in American politics. Convenient for the media, which can tell the story of national affairs by following a single character. Convenient for the party that holds the White House, which can outsource the messy work of constructing an agenda to one actor. Convenient for the party that does not hold the White House, which can create an agenda out of simple opposition. And convenient for voters, who can understand politics through the actions of a discrete player and offload their dissatisfaction onto the failures of a hapless individual.

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    Again and again, presidents disappoint. They fail to pass health-care reform or Social Security privatization. They don't ease partisanship or break through gridlock. They prove impotent in the face of immediate crises and leave long-term challenges to fester. And so we tire of them, resolving to replace them with more presidents. Better presidents. Presidents of the other party, or of the same party, or of no party at all. Businessmen like Mike Bloomberg, insurgents like Ralph Nader, charismatic leaders like Barack Obama, self-professed mavericks like John McCain.

    Executive leadership is important, of course, but the continual failure of our presidents should be lesson enough that it is not sufficient. The executive is but one actor in a sprawling drama. ...

    3) Get progressive blogs more focused, more active in 2013 & 2014.  We can ask Markos and the DK Elections crew to back up expanded efforts to generate interest in not only 2014 but 2013 elections as well.

    I think your diary brings up vital issues.  I've enjoyed the diaries lambasting "stupid republicans" about how they blew this election in so many ways.  But I've felt a huge gap in that there are few (if any) front page diaries on "lessons learned" for us or what our next steps are.  Maybe people just need more time to celebrate.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:57:13 PM PST

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