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  •  Reason #3: Lack of a Concerted Effort (2+ / 0-)
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    Caniac41, WisJohn

    While I am not in any way trying to assign blame in a punitive way to President Obama and the Democratic Party, their focus this cycle was primarily on retaining the Presidency and the majority in the Senate.  Which it should have been (IMO) since both were under threat and to lose one or the other (or both) would have been devastating.  The good news is that focusing our efforts in these races yielded the Presidency and increased Dem. majority in the Senate, which few were predicting.

    But, as a result, there seemed to be less focus on House races by the Dem. Party.  Since resources, both financial and boots on the ground, are always limited, priorities need to be established.  In addition to the high priority of the Presidential and Senate races, those in the reality=based community knew that taking back the House this cycle was never in the cards.  So after sufficient resources were allocated to the Presidential and Senate races, the DCCC got the left over scraps.

    So the DCCC took what they had and picked districts and candidates where they thought they had a good chance to flip from red to blue and a few where they knew they needed to defend.  All in all they did well, picking up seats to reduce Boehner's majority from 25 to 16 seats (and throwing out some Tea Party crazys to boot).

    But I do have some small criticism based on your observations of House districts we lost where President Obama did well in.  I didn't see a lot of "dual-GOTV" going on.  For example, I worked some OFA phone banks for President Obama and we were only told to remind people to vote for Obama and maybe a Senate candidate.  There was no effort made to identify House districts where we had pickup opportunities or a hold threat, and have OFA volunteers mention our House candidates during calls.  When an Obama voter was identified during a call or door to door visit, it would have been good to also mention our House candidate and tell the voter that President Obama needs so-and-so in the House in order to pass his agenda.

    Anyway, in 2014 we will only need 17 seats, the Senate won't be under as much threat, and we won't have the Presidential race to worry about, so we should be able to focus our attention on taking back the House.      

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:46:51 AM PST

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