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  •  I agree that voter registration is important. (0+ / 0-)

    That is an effort that should be taking place everywhere, but I think it really could help in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina to take advantage of demographic trends.   North Carolina is already a purple state and Georgia and South Carolina will eventually become purple states(it may take a decade or longer for SC).   Obviously it will also help dovetail with efforts in Michigan and Wisconsin to unseat their Republican governors and fight for those Congressional districts.

    I would love to see Obama actively campaign, especially in Midwestern swing to Democratic districts and in California and New Jersey districts.   I agree with you that Barack Obama could be a very helpful presence to some Democrats.  

    As for the Clintons, they did campaign a lot in 2010.   So I think they could help but I don't know if they'd have that much effect.   I sincerely hope they don't waste their time in coal-heavy places that Carville tried to appeal to in the 90s.  

    And I would love to see 2014 have the same or higher turnout than 2012 but historically, midterms have less turnout than presidential years.  The GOP are going to turn out anyway(they are motatived to "take back their country").   Democrats should work towards high turnout to combat that.

    I agree with President Obama, our country's journey is not yet complete. We must continue the work that our forebearers at Seneca Falls started, and put the Equal Rights Amendment into our Constitution.

    by pistolSO on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:48:12 PM PST

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    •  Yeah but here's the thing (1+ / 0-)
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      You're still referencing 2010.  2010 is irrelevant because Tea Party Republicans no longer have the mojo they used to and because of the 2012 Presidential Elections, Mitt Romney, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party guys are losing steam.  Maybe only in deep red states do the Tea Party guys have any mojo but still, Democrats can stop being a bunch of wusses and start challenging the Tea Party guys until they keep on drinking water like Paul Ryan did during the VP Presidential debate in 2012 where Joe Biden annihilated him.

      Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton can rally up the troops and they will.  2013 is now a new era than 2010, 2008 or even 2006.  If you recall, voter turnout for 2006 was unusually high and it gave Nancy Pelosi her gavel, as well as many wins for the Democrats in the House and Senate.  Also, not a single Democrat who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006 lost his/her seat in 2012.

      So if Democrats are worried that some people like Mark Pryor might lose the election in 2014, what are they worried about?  Those Democrats are not the gift that keeps on giving.  It's those Tea Party Republicans and other Republican idiots like John Boehner who are all about power and not about actually making lives better for the American people.  The more they talk, whether in or about blue states or red states, the more they keep shooting themselves in the foot.

      And without the Tea Party, the GOP is in serious trouble, BIG trouble.

      So yes, I don't envision 2014 becoming another 2010 or low turnout election.

      Remember, when Barack Obama was a U.S. Senator, he was extremely popular and helped galvanize voters across races in 2006, helping the Democrats gain more House and Senate seats in 2006.

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