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Many people are quick to point out that Democrats make the mistake of thinking that "the facts speak for themselves" and therefore the facts should make peoples decisions for them. Experts make it clear that in fact (pun fully intended) people make their decisions based on emotions. They point out that Republicans won elections during the 1980’s and 1990’s by appealing to emotion and that Democrats lost by counting on the facts to speak for themselves. Be that as it may, it is still important to pay attention to the facts and learn what they have to say. So, let’s take a look at some facts from the 2006 and 2008 election cycles.

The American People speak loudest through elections. In the 2006 election cycle the American people sent a strong message regarding their opinion of the Republican Party by handing the Democrats a clean sweep of the Republicans.

In 2006:

Democrats gained 6 Governorships by defeating 1 incumbent Republican and capturing 5 previously Republican held open seats.
Republicans gained 0 Governorships.

Democrats gained 31 US House of Representative seats by defeating 22 Republican incumbents, taking 8 previously Republican held open seats and 1 previously Independent held open seat.
Republicans gained 0 House seats.

Democrats gained 6 seats in the US Senate by defeating 6 Republican incumbents.
Republicans gained 0 Senate seats.

A complete sweep of this sort had never happened in the history of American electoral politics. Republicans did not win a single seat held by a Democrat. Not one. The American People took control of the US House away from the Republicans and gave it to the Democrats. The American People took control of the US Senate away from the Republicans and gave it to the Democrats. The American People took control of the majority of the 50 state Governorships away from the Republicans and gave it to the Democrats. At the State Legislative level Democrats also had sweeping victories taking majority control of several state legislatures but it was not quite the complete shutout seen at the federal and gubernatorial level.

In the following election cycle of 2008 the American People continued with the strong, loud and ought to be clear message they are sending (shift to present tense intentional) to Washington by virtually duplicating the clean sweep of 2006 with a resounding victory for Democrats across the board.

2008 was a Presidential election year. The American People took the Presidency away from the Republicans and gave it to the Democrats by electing Barack Obama to be the American People’s President of these United States of America with over a 9,500,000 vote margin. This translated to over a two thirds margin in the electoral college. A dominating, landslide victory for the Democratic candidate.

This margin completely swamped the combined margin of the previous 2 Republican Presidential victories combined. George Bush’s electoral vote margin was a slim 5 in 2000 and a larger 35 in 2004 for a combined total of 40 electoral votes compared to Barack Obama’s single election margin of 192 electoral votes. An almost 5 to 1 ratio. The popular vote is even more demonstrative of the American People’s opinion of the Republican Party. George Bush won the 2004 election by roughly 3 million votes and, you may recall, lost the popular vote in 2000 by roughly a half million votes. This combined 2.5 million votes is again swamped almost 4 to 1 by Barack Obama’s 9.5 million vote victory.

But wait. There’s more.

Also in 2008:

Democrats gained 1 Governorship by winning 1 previously Republican held open seat.
Republicans gained 0 Governorships.

Democrats gained 21 US House of Representative seats by defeating 14 Republican incumbents, taking 12 previously Republican held open seats.
Republicans defeated 5 Democratic incumbents. 4 of these were seats Democrats had won from Republicans in the 2006 sweep. Only 1 was from a long term Democrat and that was the indicted William "Cold Cash" Jefferson for whom Democrats did not turn out to vote.

Democrats gained 8 seats in the US Senate by defeating 5 Republican incumbents and taking 3 previously Republican held open seats.
Republicans gained 0 Senate seats.

The combined two-cycle total is:

Democrats:
1 President
1 Vice President

7 Governors

47 US Representatives
14 Senators

Let’s look at what the American People had to say from another angle:

Republicans:
-1 President
-1 Vice President

-7 Governors

-47 US Representatives
-14 Senators

It is admirable that the newly elected President Barack Obama wants to heal the divisions in this country. It is important that these divisions be healed. It is also admirable that he is reaching out to Republicans and attempting to include them in his administration and in discussions about the direction of the country under his stewardship. And it is admirable that he has made a point of reaching out to segments of American society that consistently voted for Republicans during their narrow victories in the early part of the decade and remained with the Republicans during their crushing defeats in 2006 and 2008. This is important and I hope he continues to do it.

However... the American People have made clear that they have rejected Republican policy and Republican governance. Resoundingly so. The newly elected President of the United States of America has been given a mandate his predecessor never had. His mandate is the same as his campaign theme...

Change.

The newly elected President and 111th Congress have been in office just under a month now. The Republicans that remain in elected office in Washington have made it clear that they intend to obstruct the agenda and mandate of the Majority Democrats to the best of their ability. This was made no clearer than their lock-step NO vote on the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan in the House. Zero Republicans voted in favor of the bill even after Democrats agreed to drop certain provisions important to Democrats and the American People. Both Republicans and Democratic Leaders should make note of that 0 number. The American People elected 0 Republicans the last two election cycles. 0 Republicans voted in step with the Democrats that the American People did vote into office. Be assured that the American People are well aware of the relation between those zeros and their relation to the coming 2010 mid-term elections as well.

Democrats in the US Senate, US House, and the White House have a strong and unequivocal mandate to govern as Democrats. While they should continue to reach out to their Republican colleagues in an effort at re-creating the bipartisanship that once governed this nation effectively this must not be done at the expense of heading the voice of the American People and advancing the Democratic Agenda that the American People overwhelmingly voted for in 2006 and 2008.

It is admirable that President Obama has nominated multiple Republicans to serve in his cabinet. It is particularly remarkable that they have included such Republicans as Judd Gregg. The news that Mr. Gregg decided today that he simply could not work with the President should not come as a surprise to anyone. His views have always been too the far right fringe that the modern day Republican Party holds. There are very few "moderate" Republicans left in elected office these days. Perhaps 3 total. Mr. Gregg’s inability to work with the President during this time of economic crisis is akin to the Republican House caucus voting against the American People’s economic recovery act. There can be no mistaking where the Republicans priorities lie. They are lock-step with the hard line far right fringe agenda that the American People have so overwhelmingly rejected.

Thank you for trying Mr. President. But it is time to move on to accomplishing what we sent you to Washington to do. You have a lot of work ahead of you and no time to waste in doing it. There are plenty of highly qualified, capable Democrats that are more than willing to roll up their sleeves and work hard on advancing the agenda We the American People elected you to put into action.

Note:
This is a cartogram of what America looks like. We are not a Center-Right nation. We are not Red and Blue.

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To see more please see this Scientific American article.

Originally posted to Andrew C White on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 07:02 PM PST.

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    •  I do like the graphic, but bipartisanship (5+ / 0-)

      is frankly, a political ploy. Yes, I said it, Barack's intentions are not good. He intends to portray an image to the public that says, "hey, I'm trying to work with these unconscienable fucks" and then, he's got them right where he wants them. At least that's what I hope.

      [Conservatives are] engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy. That is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -JKG

      by You know me man on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 07:09:50 PM PST

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      •  I don't think that's true (13+ / 0-)

        I think he honestly believes in this. I think he honestly believes that we need to heal the divides in this nation. And he is right about that. But where he is wrong is in believing that the Republicans are at all interested in participating in that healing process. In that I think he severely misjudges them.

        Peace,

        Andrew

        •  There are three possible scenarios (4+ / 0-)

          one: he's naive, and thinks all can be well.

          two: he's practical, and thinks that he might be able to get some votes from across the aisle.

          three: he's ruthless, and he plans to make them vote against everything that could help the American people.

          Personally, I think two and three are most likely.

          [Conservatives are] engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy. That is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -JKG

          by You know me man on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 07:17:27 PM PST

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          •  He believes in A Team of Rivals (4+ / 0-)
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            At the beginning of Lincoln's first term, his cabinet was filled with people who were jockeying to make Lincoln look bad.

            If the war had not solidified support amongst those who stood with the Union (not all of the cabinet), he probably would have had a fractious cabinet throughout the first term.

            And remember, times were more civil then.

            Behind every great man, there's a woman saying "Stand up straight"

            by captainlaser on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 07:22:03 PM PST

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          •  He is from the Political War zone called Chicago! (3+ / 0-)
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            I support Obama totally - but I am never confused by his bi-partisan theme. He does love to reach out - as with his days in the local Senate in his home town and his time at the Harvard review.

            ....but don't be fooled..He is from Chicago and he is not naive. You could not survive in Chicago politics and be stupid. He knows how ruthless politics is and he will continue to expose the GOP for what they really are.

            The GOP is currently betting that the economy tanks for the rest of the year so that they can run on a failed stimulus for 2010. We need to see some bolder steps from his "economic wizards" to get this economy going if not it will be impossible for Dems to govern.

        •  "Maybe I Should've Offered No Tax Cuts... (2+ / 0-)
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          and let them take credit. I may have learned that lesson."

          Suggests to me that he doesn't/didn't fully grasp the nature of that side.

          Hopefully today has moved him a little closer to reality.

          We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

          by Gooserock on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 07:46:04 PM PST

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          •  Hopefully (3+ / 0-)
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            President Obama is a smart man. There is no doubt about that. But perhaps he hasn't previously fully grasped the depths to which the Republican Party has sunk.

            It won't take him too long to figure out that they simly have no interest in working with him regardless of the cost to America.

            But the scary part is exactly how much will it cost America before he does completely comprehend their lack of concern for the good of the nation.

            Peace,

            Andrew

            •  In order for that to be true, Obama would have... (2+ / 0-)
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              had to been mostly unconscious during the last 8 years.  He would've had to have been tuned out during the 1990's.  He would have to not know who Newt Gingrich is.  Does President Obama seem that naive to you?  He doesn't to me.  I think he's giving the GOP a chance to help and slamming the door on their fingers when they flip him off.

              "I won." - President Barack Obama

              by rainmanjr on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 08:59:43 PM PST

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              •  There is a level of honesty (1+ / 0-)
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                and good heartedness that approaches naivety but stops short of it. It is a willingness to believe in the goodness in everyone and the willingness to give everyone a chance to bring it out of themselves regardless of other considerations.

                It stops short of naivety by recognizing when that opportunity is being rejected and then moving on with the attitude of... "Well, I gave you your chance but now I have to move on without you."

                I think Barack Obama is genuinely that sort of honest good man.

                Peace,

                Andrew

                •  I hope the President proves you right in this, (1+ / 0-)
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                  because

                  ... the scary part is exactly how much will it cost America before he does completely comprehend their lack of concern for the good of the nation.

                  That is the scary part.  

                  "There we go." — Barack Obama signs executive orders to close Guantanamo & ban torture 1/22/2009

                  by Chi on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 01:23:30 AM PST

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                •  Even if so, what's the harm? (0+ / 0-)

                  So long as President Obama says fuck you, and moves on to pass his legislation without them, then he wins for trying to include them.  The public wants that kind of dialogue and will punish the GOP for scuttling it.  We still win.

                  "I won." - President Barack Obama

                  by rainmanjr on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 07:04:18 AM PST

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              •  Or a rich, privileged Senator. (0+ / 0-)

                Fact is, Obama has health care.  Obama has a pension.  Obama has money.  And if he is out of a job in 4 years, he will get another one without any trouble at all.  But he is making decisions that concern the rest of us, who are suffering right now.  

                This.Is.Serious.

                "There we go." — Barack Obama signs executive orders to close Guantanamo & ban torture 1/22/2009

                by Chi on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 01:20:53 AM PST

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                •  You worry too much. You're also to... (0+ / 0-)

                  impatient and critical.  You scuttle President Obama's chances by criticizing his efforts before they've failed.  Trust his judgement and support him, instead.  Yes, this is important.

                  "I won." - President Barack Obama

                  by rainmanjr on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 07:06:31 AM PST

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            •  See, this is what concerns me: (0+ / 0-)

              But the scary part is exactly how much will it cost America before he does completely comprehend their lack of concern for the good of the nation.

              President Obama is starting to scare me.  We are suffering.  His cheap stunts with the republicans are costing the American people relief.  And seeing so much of that relief funneled to bankers is starting to piss me off.

              He has a mandate.  You spelled it out.  

              "There we go." — Barack Obama signs executive orders to close Guantanamo & ban torture 1/22/2009

              by Chi on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 01:16:31 AM PST

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        •  I think he's very (2+ / 0-)
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          sincere in his belief in the rightness of healing the rifts and working together for the greater good.  I also think he's savvy enough to know he's dealing with monumental assholes.  His outreach will be genuine, and his use of their obstructive stance will be masterful.  

          Heads, I win - tails, you lose.  And they never know what hit them - that's what I love.

    •  I'm tipping for the creepy looking cardiogram (2+ / 0-)
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      of the US.

      eeeeeuw

    •  "Don't shit on me:" (2+ / 0-)
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      or,...do you remember the whole world demonstrating its fervent hope that war could be averted: in effect, "voting" NO WAR...the whole world marched, protested, begged them...did they listen? did we make them listen? could we have made them listen?

      You are so right: "Thank you for trying Mr. President. But it is time to move on to accomplishing what we sent you to Washington to do. You have a lot of work ahead of you and no time to waste in doing it. There are plenty of highly qualified, capable Democrats that are more than willing to roll up their sleeves and work hard on advancing the agenda We the American People elected you to put into action."

      There is time now only to get it right; there are not going to be any second chances. Especially for them.

      I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. -Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President (1809-1865)

      by greenbird on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 07:49:07 PM PST

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    •  Thank you for putting it (0+ / 0-)

      so very clearly. I can use these numbers when this nonsense comes up about whose vote is important. My God the Republicans make me sick!

      ~ Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase ~ Martin Luther King, Jr ~

      by vcmvo2 on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 01:01:41 PM PST

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  •  You know... (5+ / 0-)

    that's even more impressive on a county level.

  •  The graphic shows... (3+ / 0-)
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    we are and should be a bi-partisan purple nation...

    Obama - Real Leadership for a Real Change

    by dvogel001 on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 07:22:03 PM PST

    •  "Should" (4+ / 0-)
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      is the operative word.

      The graphic combined with political reality shows that the country is a center-left country (the graphic shows far more true blue and far more bluish-purple then it shows true red or reddish-purple) with a moderate Democratic Party attempting to still play by the old rules of bi-partisan compromise and a Republican Party that is completely off on a far right fringe that truly represents nothing but a slim faction of the country.

      The main lesson is the complete disjunction between the Republican Party elected officials and the nation as a whole.

      What the numbers tell us is that the nation has rejected that far right fringe agenda (and party) overwhelmingly in favor of the more moderate Democratic Party and their agenda.

      Conclusion: Democrats should continue attempts to build bipartisanship but should not allow those attempts or the obstructionism of the out of touch Republican elected officials to stop them from governing and enacting the agenda the American People overwhelmingly elected them to do.

      Peace,

      Andrew

      •  this is incidentally a very good year (1+ / 0-)
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        for certain historical comparisons; only if "republican" can be substituted for "atlanta" and the rest of the comparisons be conicidental only.
        the opposition doesn't have it to deploy; they can't, aren't capable, don't know how, don't want to know how...but that's their choice.
        many people have written diaries or long comments about "red" friends flipping 100%--not to mention the batterer of john lewis apologizing to his face--so there are comprehensive changes taking place.
        but not in the right places!! if these opponents need more time to mull it over, go somewhere else to do it!
        in the words of "Baghdad burning:" go. just go.

        I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. -Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President (1809-1865)

        by greenbird on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 07:58:16 PM PST

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  •  I think that graphic shows (3+ / 0-)
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    That the U.S. is being sucked into a black hole somewhere above Wyoming. Damn you, Canadians!

    But to the point (in reference to "fact"): the culture war has been a victory for the far-right fanatics in that fact has now become a mutable property. George W. Bush's 2004 "mandate" being a perfect example.

    The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there. - Yasutani Roshi

    by lotusmaglite on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 07:26:28 PM PST

  •  We cannot be unilaterally bipartisan (3+ / 0-)
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    It doesn't work.  

    One of the House seats the Republicans gained was not taken in 06' but taken in an 08' special election.  It was also gained back because the Democrats in the district were split between two candidates.  

    As for the other three:

    KS-2 was a heavily Republican seat, specifically drawn to be Republican.

    TX-22 was a heavily Republican seat only won by a Democrat who faced no Republican opposition.  The Democrat was recovering from heart surgery and unable to campaign for reelection.  

    FL-16 was taken because the incumbent Republican was discovered instant messaging teenage boys about penis size.  The Democrat lost after it was discovered he had multiple affairs and tried to bribe his mistresses.  

    The GOP needs to sit down and STFU.  

  •  Excellent diary, . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    . . . which I'm sorry I didn't see until after the Friday night diary rescue.  Thanks also for the link to the Scientific American article and slideshow, which are fascinating.

    "If elections really changed anything, they would be outlawed."--Emma Goldman

    by keikekaze on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 10:59:29 PM PST

  •  The problem with facts is (1+ / 0-)
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    that they don't speak for themselves.

    There are too many of them.  Facts are not truth, although truth must comport with facts.  People pick the facts they like and pretend any idiot can see the truth.

    As to bipartisanship:

    The other way to look at things:

    Nixon/Ford-Carter-Reagan/Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama.

    The current Congressional session marks only the 6th session out of the last 15 with 1 party controlling the Executive branch and both houses of Congress.

    Americans don't much trust either party.

    Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

    by dinotrac on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 03:42:52 AM PST

  •  New Hampshire forms a microcosmic example. (1+ / 0-)
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    In 2006, IIRC, Democrats took control of the New Hampshire Senate and Executive Council and widened their lead in the lower chamber, and held the governorship, and took all the House seats.  No Senate seats were up.

    In 2008, Democrats took the Senate seat which was up.

    In 2010, Democrats will take Judd Gregg's seat.  He's just lucky that the election cycle put him up for re-election in 2004.  He's not even going to run again; he sees the handwriting on the wall.

    -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

    by neroden on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 05:54:20 PM PST

  •  A National Party (0+ / 0-)

    No More. :)

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