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We need to bring Presidential energy to the mid-terms of 2014. We need to take back the House. We need to break the last gasp of the Tea Party. This will force the end to almost 50 years of the GOP as constructed around the so-called 'Southern Strategy'. As one GOP strategist said a few months ago, "This will be the last Presidential campaign in which the GOP relies on the white vote." (paraphrased)

Historically, in mid-terms the rule-of-thumb has the incumbent POTUS' party loseing seats in Congress. It need not be so - if we get out the vote. Rules-of-thumb are not axioms because they do not always play out true. Let's make 2014 one of these exceptions.

Consider the implications of breaking the GOP's November 2014 campaign. That would be a resounding rejection of their 2010 success. It would announce the Southern Strategy as DOA. This would force the GOP into a scramble to find a new formulation. Any remaining denial about that would be crushed. The GOP would have to change, and there'd be no more mistaking that.

But our GOP friends have really painted themselves into a demographic corner. Where do they go outside of their older white male base? I have no idea. That strikes me as a rather large problem for the GOP going forward. And that in turn tells me the GOP will be going into the 2016 Presidential season in disarray.

That's a nice thought..

If you are like me, a Wisconsin resident who feels lie the past two years has been one continuous election campaign, you are probably ready for a year or more of taking a break from the 'sausage factory'. Well, damn it, take that break. We all need our batteries recharged. But don't make it an entire year, OK?

The time to commit the reserves is when the opponent is cracking and about to break. The GOP is cracking. In 2014 we can break them. Break them and send them reeling into the election for Barack Obama's successor. A 2016 win gives us a 2020 incumbent to run. Don't visualize; make it happen.

Sixteen years of Democratic occupation of the Oval Office. Time enough to transform the SCOTUS into two G.W. Bush appointees and seven Obama/successor appointees. That bodes well for a Progressive-leaning America. For the rest of my lifetime, certainly. And perhaps yours as well.

Rest up but get back in action. 2014: the mid-term election that can transform America. Surely you can suck it up for another 24 months? Of course you can. You can do this GOTV stuff in your sleep now.

Forward ho.

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  •  A win in 2014 (1+ / 0-)
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    Quicklund

    will be hard, but huge if we can pull it off. It'd be nice if Obama could redirect OFA to the midterms.

    Proud supporter of actually prosecuting rape, even if it requires extradition!

    by zegota on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:06:46 AM PST

  •  Here in Wisconsin I am for sure taking a break. (2+ / 0-)
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    ardyess, Quicklund

    And I may not live in Wisconsin in 2014. My wife is a UW system professor and UW compensation is just not looking competitive now after last years huge pay cut and a soon to increase teaching load with reductions in support for research.

    Anyhow, I think 2014 looks weird from here. We will be well into a recovery, making Obama look more like a rock star. The ACA will have taken full effect and the world will not have collapsed. For most of us it will make little difference, but for a select few it will make all the positive difference in the world. So that should help Dems a bit.

    I can see small US House gains if we work hard and fight everywhere where there is a chance. The Senate looks grim though. The map shows lotsa seats in red states. There will be maybe 2 or 3 vulnerable GOP seats at most and 5 vulnerable Democratic seats at least. We'll be lucky to come away with a wash, but on the other hand, due to gains this year, I see no chance for losing the Senate.

    Governors races will be most interesting. Of course, to me, if I still live in WI, getting rid of Snotty Scotty will be at the center of my life. Please Russ or Peter, please, please run.

    1,000,000 Strong! TOTAL RECALL!

    by pHunbalanced on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 12:01:34 PM PST

    •  Break sounds good (0+ / 0-)

      And I may not be in WI in 2 years as well. Snotty can still make this state more of a slag pile in two years.

      But I was thinking along the same lines as you, that better times might possibly make the Democratic brand strong in 2014. And only minor gains would be needed t flip the House ... about 15 seats?

      I have not looked at the Senate matchup but it can't be a tougher climb than this year's 23-10 lopsided imbalance. Though as you say we can certainly live with a wash. Especially if this Senate rules reform goes through.

  •  Tomorrow????? (2+ / 0-)
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    ardyess, Quicklund

    Today dammit :-)

  •  "2014 Begins Tomorrow." (2+ / 0-)
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    ardyess, Quicklund

    Looks like you began it today.  Although a recycling bin's worth of newspapers began it (and, for that matter, 2016) yesterday.

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