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The Democrats/Progressives do not have a problem registering voters. We have a Problem getting out:

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Democrats’ sunny hopes for the years ahead lie with the fact that big majorities of young people, single women and Latinos identify with them -- or at least disdain the retrograde ideology of the GOP. Those demographic groups are rising, while the core Republican voters, older white men, are literally dying off.

But they are not dead yet. Old white guys -- plus many older white women, as well as younger white conservatives and religious fundamentalists -- are the base of the party and they are as riled up as ever. They believe they are in a battle to protect traditional social values, religious freedom and gun rights from an onslaught from the secular left. They are motivated by anger, by fear and by a sense of patriotism, and they keep track of when they will next have a chance to make their political feelings known. In other words, they know when it is time to vote.

The new Democratic voters are very different. Many fewer of them pay close attention to politics. They are not generally talk radio listeners or newspaper readers or local news watchers. They have shown that a young, cool, multiracial candidate such as Obama can inspire them to cast a ballot, but congressional races hold far less interest for them. Most election days are just another day to text their friends, post party photos on Facebook or rush a kid to daycare before going to work.

Judging by Obama’s two election wins and the aggregate congressional vote totals in 2008 and 2012, the majority of Americans already lean toward the Democrats and that advantage is growing. But until that majority shows up for more than presidential elections, Republicans will cling to power in Congress and in state legislatures and they will continue to impose policies -- such as unfettered access to high-powered firearms -- that, according to polls, a majority of Americans do not support.

There may be better days ahead for Democrats, but, for now, it is the old white guys such as Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the Koch brothers who hold the nation’s future in their hands.
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Conclusion: Single Women vote Democratic (when they vote)
                  Latinos vote Democratic           (when they vote)
                  African Americans Vote Democratic That is changing)
                  Asian Americans Vote Democratic (when they vote)

We con't need new voters: We need to improve the voting habits of the ones we have

How do we do that?  Any takers

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

    by Jamesleo on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 11:14:06 AM PDT

  •  The Democrats need to do more than (5+ / 0-)

    respond to the Republicans.

    Populism.

  •  Obama had it right with his 2008 rhetoric. (7+ / 0-)

    What's missing is the follow through.

    May you always find water and shade.

    by Whimsical Rapscallion on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 11:21:57 AM PDT

  •  Duh. The New Democratic Constituencies Have Never (2+ / 0-)

    been "in," part of the system.

    Turf is something they've never had, something to gain, maybe. Old whites are defending their homeland.

    Without a strong motivation program built to reach and connect with the kinds of people who are the Democratic voter base, it's always going to be like this, moving strongly to the right every midterm and every election in over half the sates, and just holding ground in Presidential years.

    What does a 2nd conservative party have to motivate lesser-engaged voters? Not enough.

    The only obvious solution when both parties are conservative is for forces to arise among those voters and begin taking over the least conservative party, but so far that's not been happening.

    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 Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 11:24:19 AM PDT

  •  One way is not to stereotype and call people (7+ / 0-)

    stupid.

    In the comments to Greg Dworkin's morning roundup of the news I found out how plain dumb people who come from where I am are, and in your diary you say I am the base of the Republican Party.

    Yet I am the one most responsible for getting out the Democratic vote in 5 precincts.

    I really don't like being called dumb or Republican.

    Just saying.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 11:41:06 AM PDT

    •  Theres a lot of that going round (2+ / 0-)
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      ban nock, doinaheckuvanutjob

      Many of us believe that White People who vote Republican are racists who oppose the first African American President: who cry "Socialism"when they themselves are receiving Food Stamps and Medicaid
      I don't know what the solution to that is?

      a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

      by Jamesleo on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 12:07:41 PM PDT

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      •  Accept that there are millions of white people (4+ / 0-)
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        ban nock, greenbell, annecros, Sunspots

        who are also Democrats.

        It's not necessary to insult one group of Dem voters in order to motivate another group.  For the life of me, I can't figure out why this new group of Dem consultants feel its necessary to do that.  Inexperience, I guess.

        Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

        by Betty Pinson on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 12:32:48 PM PDT

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        •  Fine but they are not showing up in the midterms (0+ / 0-)

          In a way, I envy the Republicans:Rain, snow, sleet they show up and they vote! Whatever the reason, they vote I wish our core constituencies had as much conviction

          a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

          by Jamesleo on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 01:19:07 PM PDT

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      •  It's the "Christian Nationalists". (1+ / 0-)
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        ban nock

        (I have renamed the "religious right".
        That's the fairly large bloc that is reliable about getting to the polls.
        What happens is that a larger group of "less fanatical" working/middle class whites find themselves in common cause with the radicals partly because of the way wedge issues are framed by the right and partly because the left offends or rejects people in "flyover country".
        We should be framing our issues better in red states and red zones and we'd have more of them in common cause with us.
        That's one reason the Dems are focusing on raising the minimum wage right now.
        So they're trying. Somewhat.
        We should be doing a better job of splitting up their voting blocs.
        Hating on white people doesn't help us. Drawing caricatures that we can easily hate doesn't either.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 04:07:30 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for your awsesome precinct work... (1+ / 0-)
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      ban nock

      Any thoughts from your perspective on how we can all work better on getting our vote out?

      Personally, I plan to do what you are doing, volunteering by Fall. I usually never volunteer for the midterms, except a little on election day. This time around I'm motivated to kick Repig ass and volunteer earlier.

      •  We now have vote by mail and that's a big help (0+ / 0-)

        Someone from the Party updates our voter lists of which registered Dems have returned their ballots and we call the remaining Dems until almost everyone has returned a ballot. Our area had some of the highest rates in our state last election.

        Passing legislation is a big deal, I concentrate on helping to win elections so our folks get to choose the legislation that is passed.

        “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 07:43:50 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks again for what you do. We have (0+ / 0-)

          essentially voting by mail also, anyone can vote absentee for any reason, I do to avoid the evoting machines we were stuck with for several cycles due to the contract put in by the GOP sec of state in the only term they had as sec of state in the past decade or so.

  •  The Problem Is Being Defined With Clarity As Of (3+ / 0-)
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    Betty Pinson, PhilK, FiredUpInCA

    late. By the President and trenchant articles like this. National elections involve races with defined personalities. Low information democratic leaners get motivated. Then for midterms you have to try to get them excited about voting for candidate nondescript.

    •  Exactly (3+ / 0-)

      Dem mandarins have to move from promoting loyalty to "celebrity" candidates to loyalty to the Democratic Party.

      They can start by selling the Democratic brand - a party that represents the working class, that backs science, education, health care, a clean environment and jobs, jobs, jobs.

      Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

      by Betty Pinson on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 12:36:32 PM PDT

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    •  A related problem (1+ / 0-)
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      Leo Flinnwood

      Before you can get them excited, you have to get them informed.

      A great deal of the base lives in large metro areas. The downtown papers and TV stations may cover 7 or 8 Congressional districts. Unless your Rep is a lightning-rod for either side, or a jerk, chances are you never read/see anything about him/her in the downtown media.

    •  This time could be different. (1+ / 0-)
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      doinaheckuvanutjob

      One reason is the war on women.
      Another is the prospect that Obama could be impeached if they get the Senate and keep the House.
      Another is more backlash against their voter suppression efforts ala 2012.
      Another is the fact that the public perception about Obamacare is changing.
      As it changes, the gop base and the Kochs are becoming even more shrill about how bad it is.

      Add to that Dem support for a  minimum wage increase, etc. and a focused effort on turnout, and we could shock the pundit class.

      The biggest problem is that the Dem Senators are not helping. They're running scared and keeping their heads down, instead of standing up and calling out the gop obstructionists loudly and forcefully.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 04:14:31 PM PDT

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      •  In North Carolina, Louisiana for example (1+ / 0-)
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        doinaheckuvanutjob

        people are taking matters into their own hands. The "Moral Mondays" the billboards by Moveon.org are making a difference.Bobby Jindall is running scared. The Republicans in North Carolina are running scared by the Democratic Senators are no where to be found. You know if you are going to loose, why not go down fighting and make the case for 2016. Its shameful and very uninspiring.No wonder people stay  home. If Hagen Landreau maintain their seats it wil because of the Moral Monday movements  

        a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

        by Jamesleo on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 04:48:24 PM PDT

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      •  Good obversations. I think the R's are overconfi- (1+ / 0-)
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        David54

        dent, and the media narrative is always Dems are losing regardless of its truth or falsehood or the year. I think R's are overconfident, and that their people will say so many stupid things between now and November, but we also have to see better Dem strategy between now and Nov.

  •  Party Needs To Be United On Obamacare To Start. (1+ / 0-)
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    Betty Pinson

    Stand for something.  Triangulation means you stand for the status quo.  Complaining about the Koch Brothers means nothing if you are not willing to also push to for changes to the unfair tax code that they and other wealthy people cheat America out of their fair share.  You have to be willing to make the hard choices as opposed meaningless gobblety goop.  Bottom line, be real and be just.

  •  Come on (1+ / 0-)
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    annecros

    http://www.dailykos.com/...
    referring to President Obama as, "a young, cool, multiracial candidate", is like calling The Kingston Trio "hip", it just shows how out of touch you are.

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