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  •  Not Till 2022 (0+ / 0-)

    With the scale of their gerrymandering after the 2010 Census, it would take a national disaster of epic proportions for the GOP to lose the House before 2022.  I'm not sure it's worth the trade.

    •  I'm not so sure about that (5+ / 0-)

      we've got a tremendous grassroots campaign organization, and it's just a question of getting organizers on the ground in the right districts early enough.

      When you go door to door and talk to people about the issues that really matter, you can take Republican leaning voters and turn them into Democrats.  I did that this cycle, more than once, but I was focusing on a Senate race.

      I wish OFA would refocus its efforts towards the 2014 congressionals, but I hear they're not going to do that.  If they do, however, retaking the House should be a snap.  The Republican brand is toast already, and all we need to do is get the word out.

      Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
      ¡Boycott Arizona!

      by litho on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:02:54 AM PST

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      •  Like 2006 -- Run Hard, Run Everywhere (2+ / 0-)
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        Doing this in 2006 worked partly due to better GOTV, and partly because nationalizing the races reduced the importance of campaign ads in local markets; the local ads were counter-balanced by our national messaging.

        We can make 2014 into a progressive wave election, but we need to start working on it now.

        [I]t is totally not true that Mitt Romney strapped Paul Ryan to the top of a car and drove him to Canada. Stop spreading rumors! -- Gail Collins

        by mbayrob on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 12:16:31 PM PST

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      •  a booming economy by 2016 may just convince... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...some Independent voters that the Democrats are doing it right and vote for even more.

        I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

        by blue drop on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 03:48:44 PM PST

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    •   I think it IS "worth the trade", as you say. (1+ / 0-)
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      When we focus on just the obstacles or the impossibility of something we are creating a limiting frame. This shuts down our ability to see real opportunities as they arise and take advantage of them.  A big win in 2014 is hugely important on so many levels.  Instead of wondering If this can happen, we are better off asking: "How can we make this happen"?

    •  I don't think so (2+ / 0-)
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      Check077, elwior

      Masterful gerrymandering in 2011 might become something less by 2016 or even as soon as next year.  America is accelerating the trend to be browner and browner so much so that by 2020, there will be more racial minorities than white people (if you count Hispanics as a minority).  

      Population shifts happen and nicely gerrymandered districts become swing districts when Democratic-leaning populations are added.  Of course, events remain the biggest driver.  If Republicans continue to implode or manage to have some type of reality-Teaparty civil war, there is hope.

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