How the GOP bought, rigged, stole and lynched the 2014 election
(Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, FreePress.org) [S]ystematic disenfranchisement may well have delivered the US Senate to the Republican Party. If nothing significant is done about it by 2016, we can expect the GOP to take the White House and much more.
The primary victims of this GOP-led purge have been young, elderly, poor and citizens of color who tend to vote Democratic. The denial of their votes has changed the face of our government, and is deepening corporate control of our lives and planet…
As the GOP moves toward total control of our governance—the media, the internet, the Supreme Court, the Congress, local government and, in 2016, the presidency—our future depends on knowing the nuts and bolts of how the destruction of our democracy proceeds, and what we can do to stop it.
Democrats To Examine What Went Wrong After Election Losses
(AP) Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida — says the review will examine the party’s tactics, message, get-out-the-vote operations and digital efforts in nonpresidential elections.
My advice to Democrats: Campaign all the time, not just before elections, and campaign on ISSUES, not promoting (or denigrating) a person or persons. Back up the campaign by doing whatever is possible for the minority party to bring the issues to the forefront in Congress. Make news by trying to force votes on issues that matter to Americans. All issues all the time. – Caro
Obama: ‘I’ve got to take responsibility” for Democratic loss in midterms
(CNN) Days after the Democrats’ brutal defeat in the midterm elections, President Obama said Sunday that he takes responsibility for his party’s poor performance at the polls…
Reflecting on what he could have done differently and what he will change moving forward, Obama says he will work harder to become a better salesman.
Obama takes responsibility, then says he should have been a better salesman instead of having better policies, then blames Republicans, then reverses his categorical previous statement that there wouldn’t be any changes in the White House. What a putz! – Caro
Democratic Bench Thinned Out Again
(Political Wire) “When President Obama was elected in 2008, his victory signaled a generational change and the prospect of renewal for the Democratic Party. Instead, the opposite has occurred. Over the past six years, the party has been hollowed out,” Dan Balz writes.
“The past two midterm elections have been cruel to Democrats, costing them control of the House and now the Senate, and producing a cumulative wipeout in the states. The 2010 and 2014 elections saw the defeat of younger politicians — some in office, others seeking it — who might have become national leaders.”
“As the post-Obama era nears, the Democrats’ best-known leaders in Washington are almost entirely from an older generation, from the vice presidency to most of the major leadership offices in the House and Senate. The generation-in-waiting will have to wait longer.”
Not Much to Show for Biggest Democratic Donor
(Political Wire) “In the last days before the midterm elections, Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist who spent at least $57 million of his own money to influence Tuesday’s outcome — more than any other single donor — set off on a frenetic get-out-the-vote tour to Colorado, Iowa and finally New Hampshire… After all that, Mr. Steyer appears to have largely wasted his time and money,” the New York Times reports.
“Most of his candidates lost, even though Mr. Steyer, his advocacy organization NextGen Climate, and other environmental groups spent a total of about $85 million — a magnitude greater than they had ever spent in any election year.”