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  •  The GOP didn't lose big (6+ / 0-)

    They still control the House of Representatives and a good many state legislatures and governors' mansions. That's not "losing big".

    The Republican gains of 2010 will take years to undo, if they can ever be undone.

    •  If one considers what the GOP... (17+ / 0-)

      expected and what they got...  it was big.  The GOP expected to win the Presidency, take back the Senate and increase house seats.  They outspent Democrats.  They used Citizens United and hoped that would give them an insurmountable advantage.

      The GOP lost the Presidency, by a big electoral margin, lost the popular vote (as they have in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections) .  The GOP lost 2 Senate seats instead of picking up and cementing their 2010 gains.  The GOP does control the house, after new gerrymandering but lost 5 seats (so far with 7 left and Democrats leading in some of them).

      The GOP lost big on the "fiscal cliff" which was never supposed to see 1-1-2013.  The GOP lost the chance to repeal Obamacare, that's big to me and millions of Americans.  Rove and the GOP machinery lost big on their reputations.

      You are correct however, there is still much work needed to undo 2010 and to undo many years of GOP damage.  State governorships and state legislatures are not a bright spot for Democrats.

      I really feel that this election was big, perhaps in the dodging a bullet sense.  You are certainly entitled to have a different opinion. :)

      "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Candide08 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:41:55 AM PST

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      •  Undoing the gains of 2010 (2+ / 0-)
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        will take some time, depending on where you look.

        Two years: Congress gets elected every 2 years, and we made gains in 2012. I'm hoping for good news in 2014, but it's an off-year. If the Democratic candidate in 2016 wins and has good coattails, we could recapture the House.

        Six years: The Senators elected in 2010 are up for reelection in 2016, which is a Presidential year, so turnout will be higher. The Class 3 Senators elected in 2010 include a whopping 24 Republicans and only 10 Democrats. We should be able to pick off several of those seats.

        Ten years: The state legislatures elected in 2010 redrew the voting districts based on the 2010 Census. Let's hope we elect more Democratic legislatures in 2020.

        But we have demographics on our side: African-Americans, Latinos, women, LGBT voters, and young people prefer the Democratic party. Our side is growing larger. Theirs is shrinking.

        And if the Republicans keep saying crazy things about rape, they have no chance.

        But the angle said to them, "Do not be Alfred. A sailor has been born to you"

        by Dbug on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 07:16:31 PM PST

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