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Or perhaps a better question... do they really want to?

It's worth contemplating because it seems that our lawmakers have something of a very short memory. At a time when Congress has hit a point of historic divisiveness and the country stands on the brink of another potential government shut down, House Democrats have remained mostly mum on the cause for all of this chaos. But Democrats are not the reason that Comprehensive Immigration reform hasn't been passed. Democrats are not the reason that local communities are being deprived of vital funds to repair our nation's crumbling infrastructure. And Democrats are not the ones threatening to make matters worse just to hold Obamacare hostage. All of these things are being done exclusively by the GOP.

Many are saying that John Boehner is possibly the worst speaker ever thanks to his abysmal record of not being able to influence his caucus... a problem that Minority Leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi never had in all her tenure. Yet, back in 2010, the GOP was able to take Nancy Pelosi's Speakership and drag it so far through the mud that they booted her out of office.

Remember the "Fire Pelosi" bus tour? "Fire Pelosi" bumper stickers, campaign signs, pins and hats? It was a bold calculation by then RNC chairman Michael Steele to go after the Speaker of the House, and it was marvelously orchestrated. Rep. Nancy Pelosi became more hated than anyone else in Washington, and, perhaps most importantly, she became a house-hold name directly associated with all that was wrong in our government. The general public, even those that didn't follow politics, knew that in order to "Fire Pelosi" you had to vote the Democrats out of the House. The phrase was everywhere in 2010, and the campaign was so successful in fact that it helped raise millions of dollars for the RNC. Even back in March of 2010, "Fire Nancy Pelosi" was trending on Google!! It's a testament to the effectiveness with which the GOP apparatus operates. Who cares if the message wasn't predicated in truth or facts? It WORKED.

Heard any talks of a "Fire Boehner" campaign? That's because no one is even considering it. But we should be. The Republican brand is in crisis mode right now, and even the party faithful are beginning to question whether the GOP has a place for them. The National Memo even came out with a piece discussing the 5 reasons Republicans are worried they could lose the House, and Democrats should be at the ready to stoke those fears. Chief among them is Boehner's failure to act on Immigration reform. The Speaker knows that his party's true intention for the bill is to see it die. But instead of exposing the GOP's lies, Democrats have chosen to sheepishly hide from confrontation, and as a result, provide them cover to steal another election.

The Left has got to break this cycle of never fighting back. We've tried being the "nice guys"... hoping the GOP would eventually see the logic of doing the right thing. I'm here to tell y'all, it ain't gonna happen in the House. It's time for the party to wake up... there is a real possibility that Dems could lose the Senate in 2014. Republican control of both Houses of Congress would be unacceptable at this point. They have proven time and again that they have no interest in actually governing the nation. Eventually, the Left must admit to themselves that this kind of back-biting against the other party is necessary. We need to stand together and launch an attack on the GOP. If we don't, Republicans might pull a fast one like they did in 2010.  

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  •  If for no other reason (16+ / 0-)

    the Dems should be making a concerted run at the House simply because it's the dreaded Six-Year Midterm.  Nobody is expecting them to gain seats, in fact all the experts will tell you they're supposed to lose seats.  If they gain on the GOP, majority or not they've beaten the odds and demonstrated to the GOP and the nation that GOP policies don't work and the voters know it.  Which will force a significant rethink on the part of the Repugnicans, or an even harder slide to the right.  There has never been a better time to attack than now.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 01:37:49 PM PDT

  •  no... (7+ / 0-)

    but they should try to take as many seats as possible while working to take back the statehouses so the districts that were gerrymandered can be fixed.

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 01:44:09 PM PDT

  •  Possibly... (5+ / 0-)

    ...won't know unless we try.

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    by JeffW on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 01:44:23 PM PDT

  •  Of Course They Can (11+ / 0-)

    However unlikely. Do the Democrats have enough fight in them is a good question. Democrats have to harness the power of ridicule and be comfortable using it. Take off the handcuffs. Its a perfectly honorable thing to do when the times call for it. 2014 can be the election that cuts the Republicans off at their knees. If that can be accomplished Hillary and the public's new found love for Obamacare will be the dagger in their heart in 2016. Maybe we can then flush this whole entire miserable period of history down the drain. Its worth a shot. There is nothing to lose.

  •  Depends on how bad the GOP screws up. (3+ / 0-)

    Right now, they are involved in a civil war within their party that has made Boner's job impossible. If the hotheads prevail and they do something really rash, like, say, shut down the Government or go to the brink on the debt ceiling, they could end up getting themselves fired.
    Because of the imbalance in the Media, an aggressive, TeaBagger-like campaign by the Dems could end up twisted back on us.
    Better to provide a positive vision, campaign on what we want to do and let the GOP self-destruct.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 01:55:07 PM PDT

    •  Depends on Obamacare. (2+ / 0-)
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      Chitown Kev, CwV

      It is pointless to speculate about November 2014 until we've lived a few months under Obamacare. If it works well, the GOP is in trouble. If there are significant rollout glitches, the Dems are in trouble.

      By the time we hit November 2014, whatever crazy shit the GOP pulls this fall will be a year in the past. That would still be fresh in the minds of a reasonably sane electorate. But the American people, after a year, will be a blank slate; they will remember, at most, only undifferentiated resentment at all politicians.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 02:30:11 PM PDT

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    •  They've already screwed up (2+ / 0-)
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      By spending $60 million dollars trying to defund Obamacare, and by letting our country's roads and bridges waste away.  They've starved the public employment to where it's on life support, and as a result, our schools are falling behind just like our roads.  How much more screwing up do they need to do before we get MAD and refuse to take it anymore??  This is not the time for complacency!  

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      by TexasLeftist on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 02:47:04 PM PDT

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  •  The point of elections -- (0+ / 0-)

    is to keep the 99% out of the deal-making.  I'm sure that if push really came to shove the Democrats would agree to lose, like the Republicans did last year.

    The reason why the Democrats won so handily in 2008 was that people were disgusted at Republican rule.  GOTV for Democrats is hardly motivated by a jobs policy that proclaims its satisfaction with a stagnant employment-population ratio while the White House pursues the Grand Bargain and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  If you want a big Democratic victory, you'll probably have to put up with four more years of Republican rule starting in 2016 when the Presidency is up for grabs again.

    "Exxon’s CEO was recently quoted as saying, ‘What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?’, as if the future of humanity could be separated from the ecosystems on which we depend." -- Charlotte Wilson

    by Cassiodorus on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 02:24:33 PM PDT

  •  Republicans always (0+ / 0-)

    make it about personalities, and they've been going after Pelosi for years, for everything from being an out of touch California liberal to her physical appearance. As a result she is reviled by wingnuts everywhere, and any policy the Democrats put forward can be instantly dismissed, without having to actually argue against it, simply because she supports it.

    When your base is idiots, who really can't understand detailed policy arguments or just don't want to think about this stuff, these tactics are very effective.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 02:38:21 PM PDT

  •  Of course we can (5+ / 0-)

    I'm tired of defeatism. I've made several comments in threads like these, but I think one of these days I'm going to have to fire up a full-blown diary.

    The number of Republican-held districts with PVI's of "Even" or near-even is insane. We could take the House just by running credible candidates against those candidates.

    Then, remember 2006 and 2008? We were able to be competitive in districts in the upper single digits and even the low teens in terms of PVI's. That is a uniquely Democratic phenomenon, and why the PVI can be taken a little too literally - Republicans rarely do well in districts that have PVI's against them, but Democrats are routinely competitive in districts that, if reversed, would make Republicans run screaming. (Just see Jim Matheson.)

    Plus, we're seeing ominous signs that seniors are starting to bolt from the Republican Party. That alone is going to be disastrous for them in a midterm election where the geezer caucus vastly outnumbers the "traditional liberal" voter. It's what won us the House in 2006, and it's what will win us the House in 2014.

    •  Exactly My Point... (3+ / 0-)

      We already know that their base is eroding out from under them, and what little support they have among young people (mostly Ron Paul supporters) they've ostracized and left disaffected.  The GOP's strongest ally right now?  The GERRYMANGLING they set up back in 2010.  

      Democrats can defeat even that, but it's not going to happen if we play our usual "justice will eventually prevail", "wait and see" games.  We have to be aggressive.  

      That doesn't mean we have to lie, but there's no reason why we can't take charge and hit people OVER THE HEAD with the truth!!  Y'all wanna know why Wendy Davis is a re-elected State Senator in a Republican District here in Texas??  Because she knows how to put up her dukes...

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      by TexasLeftist on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 02:53:53 PM PDT

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  •  When this question was first posed right (0+ / 0-)

    after the 2012 elections, I didn't think so.

    Now I would say that have a slim chance of retaking the House.

    Let's see how I feel about the GOP implosion six months for now...

  •  it's always possible... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...and while there are a lot of disadvantages facing Democrats, as far as taking over the House of Misrepresentatives next year, the right series of events could bring it about.

    The major disadvantages we have to overcome are gerrymandered seats in red states that give Republicans a disproportionate share of power, compared to the votes they receive. Unlimited amounts of secret corporate cash will be there to help Republican re-purchase themselves control of the House again, thanks to five of the most corrupt Supreme Court Injustices in American history (Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito, William Kennedy and John Roberts, in their Citizens United ruling/abomination/in-kind contribution to the Republican Party.)

    However, evidence seems to show that the Tea Party revolution seems to be waning, people aren't as easily scared by all of the Obamacare disinformation that Republicans have continued to try to spread and, yes, we have, arguable, THE most incompetent House of Misrepresentatives in U.S. history, led by one of the, if not THE most incompetent Speaker in U.S. history.

    One Congressman from upstate New York was on television tonight reminding everyone that, while people are struggling to get and keep jobs and the economy is still fragile, the Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare 40 no avail. That kind of message could have resonance if the Democrats are able to nationalize next year's elections.

  •  Best question I have seen! (0+ / 0-)

    If Dems want to, they begin now! They agree on a short list of core values and talking points and strap on their walking shoes. Do you see that happening?

  •  Yes the Democrats can take back the House (4+ / 0-)

    And they absolutely MUST.  No ifs, ands, buts or any excuses.

    We have too much at stake in the U.S., perhaps more so than in previous elections and that's because as more people get unemployed and as the sequester continues to impact communities across the U.S. (particularly with reductions in unemployment benefits).

    I'm not going to make any judgments on what seats can be won or not.  All I'm saying is this: Target EVERY SINGLE SEAT HELD BY THE GOP and go crazy.  I don't care what it takes.

    And I ain't afraid of no conservative.

  •  dems will hold the senate (1+ / 0-)
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    and will pick up house seats, that much is clear to me already. what is not clear is whether the dems will actually try to win the house, or whether they'll play defense again like idiots.

  •  I totally and completely (1+ / 0-)
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    Agree with you.  We need to have a fire Boehner campaign, just like they had one for Nancy Pelosi.  At least Pelosi did her job, Boehner is a coward hiding under his desk hoping that those Tea Party nuts don't find him there.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

    by Rosalie907 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 09:54:37 PM PDT

  •  I don't think we will get the House but we will (0+ / 0-)

    hold on to the Senate by a slim margin. I think the House is really out of our sights....we might gain seats, however, and that is definitely progress.

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