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We have won the Presidency.  We have increased the Democratic majority in the Senate, as well as increased the number of women in the Senate.  But we have lost the House of Representatives.  This is what I am hearing from the pundits.

We have made history by electing, then re-electing an African American man as President of the United States.  He made history during his first term by passing Obamacare, saving the auto industry, taking out Osama bin Laden, ending the war in Iraq, and setting a date to end the war in Afghanistan.  In my opinion we are missing another historic opportunity.  I believe we should explore the possibility of a coalition in the House of Representatives.

America is sick and tired of gridlock in the Congress.  Congress, as a body, has the lowest positive rating and highest negative rating in history.  And yet, very few of the “bums” were kicked out.  Why?  Again, in my opinion, people elect those who they are comfortable with and who they like.  Many incumbent Republicans were returned because their constituents did not see those individuals as part of the problem.  

One of the things I most admire about President Obama is his willingness to keep going back to try and work with his opponents, no matter how often he is rebuffed.  Tonight he spoke again of the importance of bipartisanship to solve the problems before us.  But, the need has been great before, yet has always be stymied by the Republican House leadership.  It is time to think outside the box and develop a different approach.  This is the perfect opportunity to convince twenty to twenty-five moderate Republicans to join the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives.  

For the President and the House Democrats it provides a path to move the business of the country forward without being held hostage by extreme views as well as retake the leadership of the House.  For Coalition Republicans it provides the opportunity to move the business of the country forward as well as the opportunity to move the interests of their districts forward.  

The first thing I heard from John Bohner tonight was “this election proves there is no mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy.”   Mitch McConnell stated that the “Senate Republicans stand ready to work with the President when he is willing to move to the center”  (statements paraphrased)  Mitch McConnell, John Bohner, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and other members of the Republican leadership have made themselves boulders in the middle of the stream for the past two years.  They have shown they intend to continue as obstructions to the progress of the Ship of State.  The only way to avoid those boulders is to make a new stream, one that leaves them high and dry and irrelevant.

The first order of business today should be Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid,  and President Obama working together to strategize how to organize a working coalition in the House of Representatives.  Identifying a few moderate Republicans in the Senate who would be willing to vote with the Democratic majority in the event of a filibuster would be wise as well.

The nation has shown that we respect and support a President who is fair, but stands firm against political bullies.  It is time for him to provide proactive leadership designed to avoid/solve a problem that stymied progress during the past two years.  

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  •  The first order of business, at least in the (6+ / 0-)

    Senate, is to introduce filibuster reform.  Perhaps lower the threshhold to 55 votes, but most importantly, make any filibuster attempt done the "old fashioned way" -- make the filibusters stay on the floor of the Senate during the duration of the attempt.  No more "threats" of one and revisit in 30 days, etc.

    -9.88, -7.44 Social Security as is will be solvent until 2037, and the measures required to extend solvency beyond that are minor. -- Joe Conanson

    by wordene on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:50:59 AM PST

  •  We were fucked with redistricting (2+ / 0-)
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    smirking, sydneyluv

    In PA, where Obama won handily, we lost the House races 13-5. And it happened that way all over. If we are going to take back the house in 2014, its going to take blue dogs. As much as people hate admitting it around here, that is the only way we are going to get to a democratic majority until we can try to improve with redistricting in 2020.

    •  Disagree (3+ / 0-)

      Blue dogs lost.  We don't need more Democrats lamenting the fact that Obamacare passed and is law or sell out their would be constituents to large corporations and billionaires.  We need Dems who go into the red districts and tell the people how great it is and tell the people there how it will benefit them.  In 2014 it will be fully implemented so there is no excuse.  We need to find Dems who will stand up for their principles not adopt those of the GOP because they're trying to win races in red districts.  Many of those people in those districts are hurting as much if not more so.  We need Dems with balls who will go to the people and be populists not corporate sellouts.  BUt that won't do it in time for 2014.  It takes time to break through the Fox haze.    

      The only way to win the House in the short run is to take back the states.  In 2014 we can replace many of the tea bagging assholes in various governors houses.  We can replace the majorities in many states that the Teahadists control.  We can replace the SOS in Florida and Ohio.   Then we can push through proper redistricting.  

      In Florida we have 10/27 seats despite Obama winning the state.  Michigan is 5/14, Obama won it.  NJ we have 6/6 despite it being a solid blue state.  Ohio 4/16 Obama won it.  Pennsylvania 5/18, Obama won it.  Virginia 3/11, Obama won it.  Wisconsin 3/8, Obama won it.  

      You want to know why we lost the House?  In EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE STATES THE GOP WON THE GOVERNOR'S RACE IN 2010.  They controlled the redistricting and gerrymandered the living fuck out of those states.  That's 84 seats in Blue states and the GOP has 48 of them (57%).  You flip 15 of those and Nancy Pelosi is speaker.

      A 50 state strategy would help too.  We lost out on some late breaking races like TN-04, MN-06 and even in MI-11 where we'll have Santa Claus representing that district.  Give me a freaking break.  You mean we can't beat a serial adulterer and hypocrite in TN?   The Obama machine did very well for him but hopefully in 2014 he'll put that machine to good use to win some winnable House races too.  Keep registering Dem voters in purple areas and turn them blue.  The reality is that in many of those redder districts the demographics are trending away from them.   But we have to get our people registered and to the polls in 2014 or it will be another 2010.  

      Frankly the House is so fucking gerrymandered that it may well take to 2020 to fix it.  I hope I'm wrong though.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:01:24 AM PST

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      •  The silver lining of gerrymandering (1+ / 0-)
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        The way you gerrymander red is to make a few solid blue districts, and a lot of weak red ones. That means that if we raise the tide by 5-10% — a herculean but not impossible task — we have the potential to sweep those places entirely. Flip 15, and you're already three quarters of the way to flipping 40 or more.

        Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

        by homunq on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:20:09 AM PST

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      •  You are correct - long term (0+ / 0-)

        Many, if not most, states have been severely gerrymandered.  Registering and motivating voters, providing good candidates on the national, state, and local levels, increasing voter participation in the process; these are all excellent long-term solutions.  

        But we will be dealing with a lame duck session beginning now, and potential gridlock beginning in January.  A House coalition would address those problems now, in the short term.  We can still work to change the complexion of the House and Senate for 2014 and beyond even if we create a coalition in the House today.

  •  I groan at the "Republicans Won the House" Meme (2+ / 0-)
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    Without the Republican wave of 2010 and all the R governors being allowed to redraw districts, the Democratic gains would have been greater... perhaps not enough to make Pelosi Speaker again, but more than enough to wash away that crap about how the GOP were also winners last night.

    There's no way you can say the GOP were winners last night. They lost races they were supposed to win, lost big in a race that was being pitched as a nailbiter, and they even lost some seats that had the benefit of gerrymandering. If that's what a winning defense looks like, I'd love to see what it looks like when they go on offense.

  •  stands firm against political bullies? (0+ / 0-)

    when did this happen?

    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:21:50 AM PST

  •  Preparing for the 2014 congressional (1+ / 0-)
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    election is the next order of business for all of us.  We too much sat out 2012 and can't do that ever again. Anyway I can speak for me - I did.  I didn't have a clue how important that election year would be at the state level especially regarding redistributing.  I always thought I was an engaged and informed voter.  Only in the last few years have I come to understand what that really means and what it really takes to influence voters and win elections.

    The 'shift' is hitting the fan.

    by sydneyluv on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:57:08 AM PST

  •  Petition to keep Nancy Pelosi as Minority Leader (1+ / 0-)
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    The Blue Dogs are trying to unseat Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader! She has fought hard for Progressives - We must show her we have her back! I have sent her an email of support - every vote counts. Are there any petitions to sign?

  •  pssst... Eric Cantor, not Eddie (0+ / 0-)

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