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  •  Dems stayed home (9+ / 0-)

    because that's what usually happens in midterm elections.

    •  That constant drone of Obamahate (3+ / 0-)
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      from the Left didn't help.
      By November 2010, few people in the Left blogosphere would admit that Obama had accomplished a single thing he'd promised, even when you could point to a considerable list of promises kept. The Leftmost pundits were calling for "teaching the Dems a lesson", remember that? And the Purists who couldn't ever again vote for the lesser of two evils, remember them? It was almost deafening and trying to break through that drone earned you serious abuse on many sites.
      That professionally incubated "disappointment" among Lefties and Dems suppressed Democratic turnout, handing Congress to the GOP.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:14:29 AM PST

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    •  well that is a bullshit reason (0+ / 0-)

      all elections have consequences. I am more inclined to believe that a portion of those eligible to vote are either lazy, could care less, or aren't educated as to the impact on his/her own vote on even local elections.

      people want to blame party or candidate but at some point each of us has the responsibility to take personal action such as voting and not everyone faces 8 hour lines or other attempts at voter suppression.

      I would like to believe people do not understand more than they are lazy or don't care but no basis for making that determination.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:18:09 AM PST

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    •  Frankly, (0+ / 0-)

      I don't accept that as an excuse.  Because it was an election right after the census when congressional districts (and many state-wide districts) were being redrawn, we all knew how critically important that election was.  Or at least, we should have known (and there was no excuse for not knowing).

      The 2010 election cycle was just as meaningful (if not more so) as a Presidential election cycle.

      •  This site all but ignored the election. (1+ / 0-)
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        Look at the diaries and comments from that time. They prove it.

        Impeach Norquist!

        by kitebro on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:15:20 AM PST

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        •  Just because the conversation here was intense (0+ / 0-)

          didn't mean that they translated or should translate into anything.

          How many times do people here have to say it; most Dems don't read Daily Kos.

          and even if they did, turnout is always down for midterm and special elections. always.

          Go back and check the data.

          •  If we aren't here to get Dems elected, (0+ / 0-)

            why are we here? Do we ever have an effect on elections? Do our money bombs for candidates make a difference? Where were those efforts in the run-up to the 2010 elections? I don't need to check anything. I was here and saw what did and, more importantly, what didn't happen.

            Impeach Norquist!

            by kitebro on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:32:31 PM PST

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            •  To participate in democratic (0+ / 0-)

              conversation and discussion?

              I'm sure that some of the activism done makes a difference in some races that would otherwise not get much pub or attention.

              But...there's the damn data; turnout for midterm elections is almost always low no matter the party in power in the executive office.

      •  I didn't use it as an excuse. (0+ / 0-)

        It's just a fact that people don't turn out for midterm elections.

    •  OK, check this out (0+ / 0-)

      1994 turnout

      2010 turnout-The stats are much better here

      1998 votrer turnout was historically low

      How about 2006?

      Shall we do 1990? After all that's the best comparison to 2010.

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