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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama "blames Bush" on: November 30, 2014, 11:03:35 pm
He's never said it, but Republicans insist that he did. They think he is responsible for Iraq, the response to Katrina and everything that happened under Bush, polling shows this.
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: November 30, 2014, 11:00:56 pm
He's getting no severance or pension, which is a good thing. After all the trouble he's caused, he doesn't deserve any taxpayer dollars lining his pockets.
28  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Giuliani:White Policemen Won't Be There If Blacks Weren't Killing Each Other on: November 26, 2014, 10:55:13 pm
Anyone from the party of Byron Looper shouldn't be discussing crime at all.
29  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How will Hillary play in MI? on: November 23, 2014, 10:00:28 am
Scott Walker would lose badly, because he's anti-union and caused all that trouble in Wisconsin. Regardless of the nominee, Hillary will win Michigan without much trouble.

Rick Snyder pushed right-to-work through in an overnight lame duck session after saying he didn't support it and was still re-elected.

But yeah, Hillary should be fine in Michigan. At worst African American dropoff could hurt her a bit, but it wouldn't be anywhere near enough to make it competitive. I'm sure we'll see it in the "toss up" column from all the pundits again though, even though it's about as much of a toss up as Georgia or Arizona would be.

On midterm turnout, Republicans can get away with anything. With presidential turnout, the union would be able to turnout a lot voters.
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RIP Mayor Marion Barry on: November 23, 2014, 09:13:59 am
Did he overdose on crack?
31  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Racism Powered Republican Triumph on: November 22, 2014, 08:24:52 pm
Politicians are fairly anonymous everywhere, so I would wager that a lot voters did not even know that Scott is black. His anonymity is one reason why he over performed Haley and Graham (they also have more detractors).
32  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How will Hillary play in MI? on: November 22, 2014, 02:24:53 pm
Scott Walker would lose badly, because he's anti-union and caused all that trouble in Wisconsin. Regardless of the nominee, Hillary will win Michigan without much trouble.
33  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Vermont go Republican in 2016? on: November 22, 2014, 02:23:58 pm
Just because Vermont is mostly white doesn't mean it will go Republican.
34  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Racism Powered Republican Triumph on: November 22, 2014, 10:21:39 am
You can't have your cake and eat it too, Republicans won, but a lot of those wins were racially polarized. In the south, Republican equals white and Democratic equals black, that is just how it is.
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is "the American people" a dog whistle term to refer to white conservatives? on: November 21, 2014, 10:55:34 pm
It depends on who it comes from and there are certain people who choose to use it in that way.
36  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Kirk warns Duckworth to not run against him in 2016 on: November 21, 2014, 05:41:24 pm
He buys his own hype more than Scott Brown. Next thing he'll say is that Democrats should let him run unopposed, since he's so formidable. What an arrogant jerk.
37  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who are the five worst Governors in America? on: November 21, 2014, 12:01:24 am
Scott Walker
Rick Snyder
Chris Christie
Paul LePage
Sam Brownback
38  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce executive order on immigration on: November 21, 2014, 12:00:02 am
When the Congress is not willing to work to pass needed fixes and is set on creating gridlock, executive orders are the answer.
39  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What do the Dems have up their sleeve next for Mary? on: November 20, 2014, 11:22:59 pm
I'm more interested in what plans Republicans have now that they are in control of Congress. I have not heard one idea for helping create jobs.
40  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: HYPO: Snowe wants back in on: November 20, 2014, 11:20:04 pm
Collins would have won. Considering that there is some animosity there, that would have been an ugly race.
41  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich attacks Walker for ignoring facts and being too partisan on: November 20, 2014, 08:39:39 pm
Kasich was headed down the same road as Walker and would have continued to do so if voters had not rejected his anti-union bill.
42  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IA-01: Rod Blum Appears to be a Loan Shark on: November 20, 2014, 07:05:35 pm
I'm going to take a wild guess that he will not have the decency to decline to take office in light of this damaging information.
43  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Progressives Have a Solution for the Mid-Term Disaster on: November 18, 2014, 11:04:35 am
Supporting the minimum wage doesn't make you a progressive. Rick Santorum supports a minimum wage increase.

Rick Santorum also supports unions. He's from a part of western Pennsylvania where Republicans have some economic positions that aren't exactly ones that most conservatives usually have.
44  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Which Democrat should run against Ron Johnson? on: November 18, 2014, 01:53:35 am
I think someone who can run a better campaign than Feingold should run. Ron Kind would be able to run up score in his district, which is an area that Democrats need in order to win statewide.
45  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NRCC, American Crossroads & AAN caught coordinating via tweets on: November 17, 2014, 09:50:04 pm
Those groups coordinate all the time, even though it isn't legal, they find ways to get around the rules. Although, it is sloppy to coordinate on Twitter where everyone can see.
46  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Is Landrieu done for? DSCC cancels many of their ad buys in LA markets. on: November 16, 2014, 10:54:30 pm
This is old news, we already knew this.
47  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Progressives Have a Solution for the Mid-Term Disaster on: November 16, 2014, 10:46:31 pm
Progs need to drop this whole "war on women" BS because that obviously hasn't worked.

It works, which is why some Republicans, like Jeff Gorell, have lied about being pro-choice.
48  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Progressives Have a Solution for the Mid-Term Disaster on: November 16, 2014, 10:00:24 pm
All the money and resources should have been directed toward Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina and Alaska, states where the margins ended up being the narrowest. That's where the mistake was made, because if those states had been the main focus, we would have maintained them. Lots of resources were put into Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky, when it would have been better to spend that money elsewhere.

The map to a majority isn't in red states, it's in purple to blue states. Democrats did not go nuclear on people like Gardner and Ernst early enough, they need to totally tank their favorables early on, but they failed to do so.

Progressives spent over somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million+ against Thom Tillis and attacked him hard early but it still wasn't enough.

What makes you think it would have been any different if the Dems had just concentrated on the states you mentioned? Esp. without hindsight AR, KY, and LA looked holdable.
 

Kentucky wasn't holdable, because we didn't hold it in the first place, Grimes was not an incumbent that McConnell defeated.

Considering the margins, specifically in Colorado, I can't help but think a more aggressive campaign early on would have made the difference. Getting the favorables down early in the key, and that is what Democrats failed to do.
49  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Progressives Have a Solution for the Mid-Term Disaster on: November 16, 2014, 09:43:42 pm
All the money and resources should have been directed toward Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina and Alaska, states where the margins ended up being the narrowest. That's where the mistake was made, because if those states had been the main focus, we would have maintained them. Lots of resources were put into Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky, when it would have been better to spend that money elsewhere.

The map to a majority isn't in red states, it's in purple to blue states. Democrats did not go nuclear on people like Gardner and Ernst early enough, they need to totally tank their favorables early on, but they failed to do so.
50  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Martha Coakley and Scott Brown on: November 16, 2014, 08:36:00 pm
At least Martha Coakley didn't move to another state and run after losing.
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