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I am all smiles now.  I actually worried a bit, despite Nate Silver's superb prognostication, but now we know that Obama and his team had it well in hand.  What's next?  

Let us leave a few more days for that warm glow to dissapate as we watch the Republicans maneuver into a circular firing squad and start shooting.  Soon, however, we should start to plan for the next election, setting our goals for what we can achieve.

1)  There are still too many Republicans in the Senate.  Harry Reid has talked about filibuster reform, but there will surely remain a few ways for the red team to obstruct the process until Democrats have a super majority.  Six seats should do it -- who is up for reelection in two years?

2)  There are a number of Republican governors who need to be shown the door.  States like Florida, Wisconsin, and Ohio leap into mind.  There are more, all in swing states who went for Obama, all with superb campaign teams  who can take up this new task.  Democrats seem to have a deep bench these days.  Good candidates need some early inspiration.

3)  At last count, we gained nine seats in the house but lack twenty+ to regain control.  With the presidency not at issue, more effort can be put into house races.  Good candidates and good organizations can make the difference.

4)  State level Senate and Assembly seats will be a tougher nut to crack until demographics gives us a chance to nutralize the reapportionment cramp.  Still, any vulnerable seats are worth the effort to take them.

In these goals, our best allies are the Republicans themselves.  Almost all of them are delusionary and live in a realm of pure fantasy.  Those with clearer vision who see their party's weaknesses with minorities and women are already being denounced as not being true believers.  The extreme right wing, which has slowly been rubbing out the moderates, actually think it is better "to lose right than win wrong."  Let us help them to gain their preference.

The Republicans seem totally incapable of realizing that they have lousy candidates and a message which is unsellable.  Usually they have tried to hide it, but no longer.  They believe that candidate and agenda problems are solved by packaging -- put enough frosting on a brick and the public would eat it.  I say we make a generous donation of frosting.

The voters in California just shoved the state Republican party off the end of the world.  There are Democratic super majorities in both houses, and all the Republicans can do now is to leave nasty graphiti on the lavatory walls.  On the national level, I believe that the inertia, the teamwork, the superb leadership are all on our side to accomplish the same.  

Let us not let down.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Bene Scriptum, Bene Intellectum.

    by T C Gibian on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:18:43 PM PST

  •  Keep OFA open for 2 more years (5+ / 0-)

    If Obama could keep the OFA operations up for 2014 he could really get a huge win (and an easier congress to work with) by exploding turnout in an off year election.  The R's simply could not counter a real turnout operation and they gerrymandered their districts to a much weaker position.

  •  What's next ought to be some actual progress... (2+ / 0-)
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    CroneWit, JamieG from Md

    ...towards needed change...not more campaigning.

  •  We need to GOTV just as much at midterms (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CroneWit, Odysseus, JamieG from Md

    as we do Presidential races.

  •  how to win in the future (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, JamieG from Md

    I think that in order to win elections in the future, the Democratic Party has to develop a new economic plan that goes beyond what Barack Obama has campaigned on.

    Specifically, we need bold new ideas for manufacturing, education, energy, health care and conservation.

    Manufacturing:  We need to start talking about and planning for the industries of tomorrow that will involve Americans making things.  What might these things be?  Electric cars.  Fuel cells.  New mass transit systems.  Or maybe start making our iPhones and xboxes and whatnot right here in America rather than China.  These could all involve new grant programs, tax credits, and subsidies as jumpstarts.  Any other ideas?  Let's hear them and start talking about them!

    Education:  We need new ideas in education.  How do we leverage technology to provide better education for each child or adult who seeks it?  How do we ensure that everyone has access to quality education at all levels?  Should we have a vocational and/or higher education system that provides free education to anyone who earns admission to it?

    Energy:  We desperately need to develop non-petroleum based energy sources.  Can we develop new public works programs to build massive wind or solar energy farms?  Or subsidize private industry to do that? Or the development of biofuel technology?

    Health Care:  We need to get behind and develop the technology to use the new human genome information that we have in order to improve preventative healthcare.  We also need to somehow eat healthier as a nation.  The best way for us to improve our health and cut healthcare costs would be for us to prevent illness in these ways.  And we also need to strengthen and expand medicare and medicaid.

    Conservation:  If Americans are so proud of how beautiful our country is, can't we get motivated to clean it up and preserve its natural beauty?

    Bold new programs and ideas in each of these areas translate to good new jobs and the strengthening of the country.  It would be wise for our party to develop them even as we still try to recover from the disaster of the Bush years.

  •  Senate is tough - again... (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, JamieG from Md

    20 Ds to 13 Rs
    Some hard to defend areas: MT, AK, NC, SD, LA, AR
    With no obvious gains on the R side.

    Baucus, Max (D-MT)
    Begich, Mark (D-AK)
    Coons, Christopher (D-DE)
    Durbin, Richard J. (D-IL)
    Franken, Al (D-MN)
    Hagan, Kay R. (D-NC)
    Harkin, Tom (D-IA)
    Johnson, Tim (D-SD)
    Kerry, John F. (D-MA)
    Landrieu, Mary L. (D-LA)
    Lautenberg, Frank R. (D-NJ)
    Levin, Carl (D-MI)
    Merkley, Jeff (D-OR)
    Pryor, Mark L. (D-AR)
    Reed, Jack (D-RI)
    Rockefeller, John D., IV (D-WV)
    Shaheen, Jeanne (D-NH)
    Udall, Mark (D-CO)
    Udall, Tom (D-NM)
    Warner, Mark R. (D-VA)

    Alexander, Lamar (R-TN)
    Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA)
    Cochran, Thad (R-MS)
    Collins, Susan M. (R-ME)
    Cornyn, John (R-TX)
    Enzi, Michael B. (R-WY)
    Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)
    Inhofe, James M. (R-OK)
    Johanns, Mike (R-NE)
    McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)
    Risch, James E. (R-ID)
    Roberts, Pat (R-KS)
    Sessions, Jeff (R-AL)

    Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue

    by jam on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:56:10 PM PST

    •  A very useful post (1+ / 0-)
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      Thanks.  You are right that it is tough, but this year's list was also.  Organization and the inevitable tea party nut who knocks off the slightly-less radical incumbent could make the difference in many races.

      Bene Scriptum, Bene Intellectum.

      by T C Gibian on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:03:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The pressure needs to start NOW (3+ / 0-)

    We can not, with good conscience,  allow a moment for any Republican in the House or Senate to feel safe in their old ways as the party of "no".  Pressure should be applied now!!!  The campaign for their seats in Congress should begin today.

    "Anything you do in life will be insignificant but it is important that you do it anyway. " Ghandi

    by JillS on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:00:45 PM PST

  •  Let's get universal health care IN CALIFORNIA!! (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

     With both houses in super majority, it's a GREAT time to get ONE CARE done in California. When prices go down and people's services go UP, it will make an immediate impact in the rest of the country!! GREAT OPPORTUNITY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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