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Schadenfreude.  We've all been there.  We were there in 2008 and now we find ourselves there again in 2012.  Demography and facts appear to be on our side.  We are winning again.  The uglies are desperate and want to leave the country or secede.  Life is good.

For the moment.

We got our a@# handed to us in 2010.  We lost state legislatures which then went on to gerrymander states like Pennsylvania... a blue state, where 5 of 18 US Representatives are Democratic despite Obama's decisive win in the state.  In Virginia only 3 of 11 House votes will be Democratic next year; 5 of 14 in Michigan.  These are all states we won in 2008 and 2012.  Our failure in 2010 is the reason John Boehner will still be Speaker of the House.  

Things are not lost though.  A large percentage of the Republican power structure has jumped the shark and is proving unable to deal with the reality on the ground:  demography and facts are indeed not on their side.  We can hope that their party won't catch a clue but we would be fools.  

Republicans will push hard to move the pendulum in 2014.  They will gouge us if we do not give the voters a clear message.  The nutjobs on the Republican right are offering us their most recent message: they want to tear us apart.  We have another message: we want to bring people together.  Obama seeks to heal the breach.  We offer our hand to the suspicious nose.  It can bite us or come home to the family America.  Dogs never respond well to shame.  Welcome our opponents back to the America we believe in.  

Be positive.

We have more elections to win.

And be prepared for the Republican shift if their message is failing.  Be vigilant.

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  •  Be prepared to GOTV in 2014! (6+ / 0-)

    Tips?

    The business of Nations is never morality. Moral stories live only through people.

    by tecampbell on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 11:59:10 PM PST

  •  Agreed. We have the better message now. (2+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, tecampbell

    The ground has shifted away from the tea party and GOP. I hope forever.

    "We must be the change we wish to see in the world" - Gandhi
    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little" – FDR

    by smokey545 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:07:35 AM PST

  •  We want to bring people together on our terms. (1+ / 0-)
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    Australian2

    I would much rather run on a divisive message than one that brought people together on a message that isn't ours because it borrows some of the other party's message.  Republicans didn't concede any of their message during the years when they effectively converted previously Democratic voters and that's the playbook I want to copy.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:50:48 AM PST

  •  i have saying and it's... (1+ / 0-)
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    tecampbell

    'he who has the candle leads the way into the darkness'

    it's on us to lead and show them the way friends.
    we spend ALOT of time mocking them and pointing out how wrong they are. it can be alot of fun but how's that working out for us?

    I sure would like to see some thoughts on how we help them get to reality and abandon their hateful ways in the diary lists.

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