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2014-03-19 12:15:37 PM  
"The average Republican House district is 75% white"

I wonder if the Farker from a thread yesterday who wrote "The notion that the GOP is the "Old White Persons Party" is unfounded and due in large part to the exagerations of their political opponents. " will show their head in this thread.
 
2014-03-19 12:27:30 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Then put up strong candidates for state offices.


You mean the offices protected by gerrymandering?
 
2014-03-19 12:27:51 PM  

It's a good piece on the long term decline and schisms within the Republican party.  My only complaint is they won't die sooner.


Alex Pareene did a piece a few days ago on how the libertarians are still keeping that heart pumping for the Republicans if anyone's interested.
 
2014-03-19 12:32:28 PM  
Sez some Democratic Party "strategist". I'm gonna take that real seriously.
 
2014-03-19 01:37:27 PM  
Say the secret woid and win a hundred dollars.

/*waits for the You Bet Your Life Duck to come down from the ceiling*
 
2014-03-19 01:41:16 PM  

oryx: Sez some Democratic Party "strategist". I'm gonna take that real seriously.


Damn straight.  The GOP should just keep alienating female and minority voters while catering to Teabaggers by moving further to the right.  It will work this time I tell you!
 
2014-03-19 01:43:43 PM  

allylloyd: Flargan: "Another negative consequence of packing the districts with a conservative voter base is that many Republicans are now more worried about losing a primary to a Tea Party candidate than they are about losing the general election to a Democrat, which pushes the party further rightward."
-FTA

^This was an excellent point.

I agree. Excellent point. So what do Democrats do to win the Congress seats?


TFA was by a Democratic Party strategist and former Clinton advisor. Hint: the subtext is, "We're stocking up for 2016."

The Dems knew 2014 would be a wash. The best case scenario for the Dems is the GOP makes no net gains or losses. They stay right where they are.
 
2014-03-19 01:47:03 PM  

A Cave Geek: This election will tell us more about the memory capacity of the American electorate than anything about the GOP.  Does the American electorate have a memory, or not?


Your memory tends to be a lot longer when you're told by one party over and over that just because of your skin color, or because of your parents' native tongue, or because you have a uterus, that you should STFU.
 
2014-03-19 01:55:56 PM  

xanadian: Say the secret woid and win a hundred dollars.


BENGHAZI!
 
2014-03-19 02:02:04 PM  

verbaltoxin: A Cave Geek: This election will tell us more about the memory capacity of the American electorate than anything about the GOP.  Does the American electorate have a memory, or not?

Your memory tends to be a lot longer when you're told by one party over and over that just because of your skin color, or because of your parents' native tongue, or because you have a uterus, that you should STFU.


It doesn't require much of a memory, they say that stuff on, at least, a weekly basis.
 
2014-03-19 02:09:29 PM  

loonatic112358: The Secret word today is Benghazi


Damn it.
 
2014-03-19 02:17:36 PM  
Although it might have the opposite effect in galvanizing the right to vote for their candidates, I'd say the best thing Democrats could do is just play a commercial of the current greatest hits of GOP comments on women, immigrants, the poor, and healthcare.  Remind them that if they don't vote and the GOP picks up seats, that those comments would be put into legislation.
 
2014-03-19 02:26:37 PM  

UncomfortableSilence: Although it might have the opposite effect in galvanizing the right to vote for their candidates, I'd say the best thing Democrats could do is just play a commercial of the current greatest hits of GOP comments on women, immigrants, the poor, and healthcare.  Remind them that if they don't vote and the GOP picks up seats, that those comments would be put into legislation.


I proposed this in another thread, play that loop over and over with the song "Dare to be stupid" playing, ending with an elephant rolling around in the mud, with an overlayed KKK member, and the phrase "Welcome to the GOP"...update the phrases as they make them, and play it on a loop.
 
2014-03-19 02:35:34 PM  

A Cave Geek: UncomfortableSilence: Although it might have the opposite effect in galvanizing the right to vote for their candidates, I'd say the best thing Democrats could do is just play a commercial of the current greatest hits of GOP comments on women, immigrants, the poor, and healthcare.  Remind them that if they don't vote and the GOP picks up seats, that those comments would be put into legislation.

I proposed this in another thread, play that loop over and over with the song "Dare to be stupid" playing, ending with an elephant rolling around in the mud, with an overlayed KKK member, and the phrase "Welcome to the GOP"...update the phrases as they make them, and play it on a loop.


I was thinking you could use that Sarah McLachlan song that they play over the puppies, remind everyone just how sad they have become.  You'd never have to loop and the commercial featuring this years batch of comments would still go a good half hour or so.
 
2014-03-19 02:38:18 PM  

dywed88: Federally, the Democratic concern for 2014 is simply to not lose the Senate. There is no way they are taking the House.

2016 will be the important year when they can push back on all sides


That's actually a lot harder than it seems. Yes, 2016 will be a better year for Democrats than 2014. However, I think it's safe to say that 2016 will roughly mirror 2012 (both being Presidential election years based on the 2010 census data), and Democrats did not make significant gains in the House or in the state legislatures in 2012. Pennsylvania is a prime example; completely taken by the GOP in 2010 and redistricted, voted for Obama in 2012, and the Democrats still lost two seats in the Congressional delegation. It's the same story through most of the industrial northwest: Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio elected full GOP control in 2010, voted for Obama in 2012, and the Democrats either lost seats or remained the same.

It'll be even harder to reverse the gerrymandering in 2020. The reason the GOP was able to do so much damage in 2010 is that they captured both houses of state legislatures plus the governorships in key states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. It will be exceedingly difficult for the Democrats to pull that off; even before 2010 complete Democratic control of a state government was rare, and state-level gerrymandering will make that task even harder.
 
2014-03-19 02:51:52 PM  

BMulligan: loonatic112358: The Secret word today is Benghazi

Damn it.


I set the word, so you win


The next word is Obamacare
 
2014-03-19 03:47:56 PM  
What this and a lot of other articles don't touch on, is how the tea party, in its feverish charge rightward, has a real possibility of splitting from the mainstream republican party, giving us both a hyperconservative party and a downright fundamentalist party. And this idea has to terrify GOP strategists because of what I like to call the 'Perot effect' after the 96 election wherein Perot split the Republican vote with Dole, handing the election to Clinton. Imagine that happening in every election, with the conservative voter base split among two now impotent parties. Until one party seriously got its act together, or one shrivelled and died, it'd hand most if not all elections to the democrats.
 
2014-03-19 05:58:11 PM  
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2014-03-19 06:20:59 PM  

Serious Black: A Cave Geek: This election will tell us more about the memory capacity of the American electorate than anything about the GOP.   Does the American electorate have a memory, or not?

Back in July 2009, Gallup reported that a third of Americans blamed Obama either a great deal or a moderate amount for the performance of the economy. The answer to your question, sadly, is no.


The fact that only a third are putting any blame at all on him tells me that yes, the American electorate does have a memory.  A supermajority of it does, at any rate.
 
2014-03-19 06:23:08 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: HeartBurnKid: Then put up strong candidates for state offices.

You mean the offices protected by gerrymandering?


No, I mean offices like governor and state legislature (well, the latter might be, depending on the state).
 
2014-03-20 10:56:50 AM  

bobothemagnificent: [img.fark.net image 600x480]


This doesn't play as well as I bet you think it does.
 
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