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  •  It's election time again! <groan> (3+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, Rick B, Odysseus

    I know that what I am proposing will incredibly unpopular and loathed, but I believe that progressives and liberals need to realize that the obvious upcoming stalemate in Congress requires gearing up for the 2014 elections now!

    First, we need to revive the 50 State strategy from 2005-06 and make sure that there is a Democratic candidate in all 435 House districts.  And it needs to start happening now. This will ensure that House Republicans know that no district is invulnerable to public opinion and that no Republican House member will get an automatic free pass and every House Republican will face at least a token opponent.  None would be safe to fundraise for their Republican cohorts without first being required to take care of their own House re-election at an increased cost for even those in safe districts.

    Second, the Obama Administration and sitting Senate Democrats who are not up for re-election or are up for re-election in safe seats need to campaign for Democratic House candidates who will assist with helping this country recover and thrive again.  Campaign against the Do-nothing Obstructionist House Republicans!  (Maybe we can call it the ODOHR campaign - Oppose Do-nothing Obstructionist House Republicans.  LOL)  Progressives and liberals would probably have to put grassroots pressure on Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration to put aside their cautious Washington mindsets and join such a campaign.

    By starting such a campaign now, pressure will be on House Republicans throughout this session to look over their shoulders as they engage in obstructive behavior in Congress.  Some may recall that Reagan was able to secure conservative and Southern Democratic votes by agreeing to oppose local Republican candidates in the upcoming elections.  The Republicans in Congress (both houses) are too far gone to the right for that strategy to work for progressives and liberals, so we need to move in an opposite direction for strategy.  And it needs to be done with earnestness so that it is taken seriously by the public and by House (maybe even Senate?) Republicans.

    Let's make Republicans sit up and notice an ODOHR campaign!  LOL

    •  This needs to be implemented (0+ / 0-)

      with an eye on Citizen's United. Just shifting money to implement a 50 state strategy will not be enough. The Obama ground turn-out machine needs to be expanded.

      As a Texan I want that ground machine working here. We didn't see much of it because Texas was a write-off in national politics. But every major city except Fort Worth voted for Obama and voted Democratic.

      Fort Worth is purple. It votes the way the entire state does, and is close to flipping to the Dems. Ground Game, people!!

      The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

      by Rick B on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:22:53 PM PST

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      •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

        Continually writing off Texas is a guarantee that it will stay predominantly red for longer than it should.  Considering that Paul, Armey, and DeLay all hailed from Texas and considering that the state is viewed as an ATM for Republican fundraising, building the Democratic base and making sure that every House District has a Democratic candidate that makes Republicans spend in that District instead of doling it out to other caucus members are both important goals!

        •  Texas is also an ATM for Democrats (0+ / 0-)

          who want to win easier districts and states outside Texas. They come in and collect the cash from wealthy donors in Texas and spend it in other states.

          The Texas Democratic Party is continually short of funds, which is a major reason why the Republicans have a lock on state-wide offices.  

          The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

          by Rick B on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 02:01:08 PM PST

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