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  •  oh for CHEERIST sake (3+ / 0-)
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    as if the GOP would offer us a better chance.
    This is the same crap as happened everywhere else- Pennsylvania being another good example- blacks stayed home and cost Sestak a Senate seat.
    Blacks and Latinos stayed home because there was no sense of urgency.

    •  I'm in pale-white New Hampshire (11+ / 0-)

      Dems got wiped out here, after strong gains in 2006-2008.

      This wasn't a racial failure.

      The national party, starting with Obama, SUCKED.

      •  Fooking, Retarded Liberals Stayed Home (0+ / 0-)

        What's to figure?

        They had few to vote for that would represent them.

        Best,  Terry

      •  Foxed (0+ / 0-)

        In the south, a few things drove this election:  1)  there is a tall, virile, intellegent, well-educated black man in the White House, 2) the electorate that turned out to vote was overwhelmingly old and white, and 3) in the middle swath of the country, especially the south, old white people watch Fox.  In short, they are misinformed about the issues but Fox plays to their racial biases.  

        Perhaps the economy drove the election in NH.  It did not in the Old South.

        •  It was definitely a combination factor (0+ / 0-)

          Obama won in 2008 by improving Democratic turnout tremendously.  The Republicans didn't do very poorly with turnout -- it's just that Democrats did so well.

          2010 was a midterm election -- it is always older and whiter.  It was a perfect storm: the economy was bad, the virulent anti-Obama (read: racist) segment of the population was riled up, the media was hyping the Republican momentum, and the Democrats were significantly disappointed with the national party.

          But the Republican victory of 2010 is not easily repeatable -- I think they reached their demographic ceiling.  As long as Obama sits in the White House, Republicans will turn out in maximal numbers every cycle.  But the youth is identifying so strongly with the Democratic Party (+19% last time I checked), and as morbid as it sounds, the Republicans are dying off.  Democrats will turn out in much greater numbers in 2012, simply because it is a Presidential election.  Hopefully, the economy will be in better condition. The Republicans can't really improve their numbers much, but the Democrats can. A good deal of achieving that goal begins with passing legislation under Obama's Administration that people can really feel helping their lives.

          And we need to start on that project now.

          "To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny." -FDR

          by more liberal than you on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 12:05:28 PM PST

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    •  Blacks stayed home because Sestak did (0+ / 0-)

      not give them a reason to vote for him. It seems to me Sestak cost the Democrats a Senate seat.

      Over half of the registered voters recently polled did not know the Republicans triumped in the mid-terms. What does that tell you about our electorate?

      by Blogvirgin on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 07:19:54 PM PST

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