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  •  I don't think Democrats will make the (8+ / 0-)

    same mistake in 2014. I don't blame young people and sporadic voters who were swept up by Obama's rhetoric for being a little dissatisfied in 2010; I think now most of them realize how batshit crazy the GOP has become and and how dangerous they are to our future. The number of idealists who refuse to vote for a lesser of two evils is dwindling thanks to the Republican party being so much more evil than even the most conservative and corporate Democrats. We will hold the Senate in 2014; the House is problematic but without a Presidential race to focus on, it is winnable with good organization and the right candidates. Unfortunately, because Republicans got to draw favorable maps, we will have to run a lot of Blue Dogs to flip the House. That is unless the Republicans keep purging incumbents and replacing them with Tea Party nut cases (very likely, especially if Democrats don't cave on the tax increases).

    Let's not let 2014 be anything like 2010. Republicans only win when we stay home!

    by Tim D M on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:16:35 AM PST

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    •  The economy is likely to be better in 2014 (3+ / 0-)
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      Noit entirely because of the Pres, but also because of the cycle.  If the GOP is seen as obstructing recovery, and the Pres really hits back hard, it is actually possible that they GOP could lose more seats in 2014.  Obama's best move is to run against the House... and to drum up as much enthusiasm as he can.  Redistricting is the only thing alloiwing them to hold on.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 10:16:39 AM PST

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      •  I actually think the biggest factor for 2014 (0+ / 0-)

        is out of our control: it's whether Republicans decide that they need to purge their party of moderates to win or if they decide (correctly) to moderate to accommodate the changing demographics. There are still many seats totally out of reach for Democrats but there are still enough close seats for the Democrats to pick up a majority, especially if the Republicans "Tea Party" a few veteran moderates. I thought for sure that after this election, the Republican party would realize it had to moderate but now I'm not so sure. They do appear to be stupid enough to triple down on obstructionism and ideological purity.

        Let's not let 2014 be anything like 2010. Republicans only win when we stay home!

        by Tim D M on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:17:27 PM PST

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