After the Republican Sweep

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I agree with the author's

I agree with the author's sentiments However, I would take it one step further. I believe in the very near future, the American people will wake up to the shady deals the Republicans and Koch Brothers cooked up. When that happens, the revolt against the rich and the religious right wingers will be so complete, they won't know what hit them. As Jefferson said, a revolt is good every 25 years. We are long overdue We will make the Pubs and Koch Brothers scream.

Dan Dendulk more than 2 years ago

You make mention of Tom

You make mention of Tom Corbett cutting the education budget in Pennsylvania. This $1 Billion in question was part of the stimulus monies from Washington and it was clearly enunciated at the outset that these monies would go away. These Federal funds did go away and it was neither the legislature nor Gov. Corbett who had any hand in making the money go away.
As far as the election, if the vast majority of American voters were pleased with current course of America and pleased with President Obama's initiatives, does it not stand to reason that the voters would have overwhelmingly voted Democratic on Tuesday? If one is pleased and it ain't broken, why go to such great extents to try and fix it as went the voting on Tuesday? Just asking the question.

superbob more than 2 years ago

The republican sweep is proof

The republican sweep is proof positive that the party doesn't do it's job. Candidates did not stand together and run on the issues and those candidates who believe contrary are delusional. And the same can be said of the electorate.

I still believe that the country holds progressive values. But perhaps that is my delusion. I cannot believe that Americans want to privatize the postal service, do away with national parks, kill the EPA and gut women's rights and healthcare. America is about to be broken into pieces and sold to the highest bidder.

Mark Davis more than 2 years ago

Dems have no excuses this

Dems have no excuses this time, no " well people don't like recalls" stuff. This was their 3rd strike trying to out Walker and his ilk. Their strategy is hesitancy and it is a bust, perhaps due to it's adoption of corporatism and the Clinton style of leadership. On the positive side we can now push aside this diversion and concentrate on building grass-roots action- oriented alternatives, free from big money and power, and led by people grounded in real life. In China they have one party rule. Here we have 1 party, two-faced rule. The time is ripe for people to exert their power.

People First more than 2 years ago

Excuse me, but you're

Excuse me, but you're forgetting a few things in your quite-frankly-dreary analysis of the 2014 midterm elections.

FIRST: Progressive and moderate voters tend to not show up to vote in midterm elections. The young people, African-Americans, Latinos, progressive women and others on the left side of the political spectrum who turned out in droves in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections were all ABSENT in the 2010 and 2014 midterms.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: IF YOU DON'T VOTE, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BITCH ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO GET ELECTED. Once again, by not voting, you abandoned the electoral field to the right wingers who DID vote -- and their votes dominated this midterm election.

SECOND: President Obama still has two years remaining in his second term -- and he has a very potent weapon at his disposal: the veto stamp -- which, I have no doubt, he will use more extensively now -- just as his predecessors George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan used more extensively during their last two years in office after the opposition party took control of Congress in the 2006, 1998 and 1986 midterm elections respectively -- and the Republicans LACK the two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate required to override the president's vetoes.

THIRD: Ballot measures in six states to raise the minimum wage all PASSED!

FOURTH: Ballot measures in two states and the District of Columbia to legalize marijuana PASSED -- although a measure in Florida to legalize medical marijuana failed.

FIFTH: There was a near-total ABSENCE of campaign rhetoric over same-sex marriage -- for which you can thank the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 -- and refused to hear the appeals of those states seeking to reinstate their bans on same-sex marriage as court after court after court declares them unconstitutional. While the fight over marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples still isn't over, it's clear that we've crossed the Rubicon and that the anti-gay right wing cannot win this fight; they'd rather go down fighting to the bitter end than to surrender.

SIXTH: The 2016 elections has far more Republican senators up for re-election than Democratic ones -- 19 out of 33 -- and the GOP presidential candidate field will be the party's most unelectable in 50 years unless and until the party comes to its senses and kicks its right wing to the curb (which I seriously doubt it will).

But none of this will matter if progressive-thinking voters stay home and don't vote n 2016.

If the 2014 midterms proved anything, it's that EVERY VOTE COUNTS -- and if progressives don't vote, then they have no right to bitch. Voting isn't just a right -- it's a MORAL OBLIGATION.

In 29016 and beyond, Vote like your whole world depended on it -- because it DOES.

Skeeter Sanders more than 2 years ago

Do we know of any liberal (or

Do we know of any liberal (or to use the current euphemism, 'Progressive') candidate in this last election who came out of the gates with liberal colors flying and did it sucessfully in a fairly conservative political demographic like Wisconsin's? I don't. Here in Colorado, Cory Gardener, who ran as a tea party conservative to get into the House of Representatives and re-marketed himself as a middle-of-the-roader even for having over the counter birth control available without prescription (knowing full well that legislation like that will never see the light of day). On the other hand, I do agree that Dems don't have enough fight in them. I was shocked at how many did an 'Al Gore' and ran away from their successes in recent elections. I think that's where Dems fall down hard, and voters sense that they aren't sincere.

John more than 2 years ago

You got that right. I even

You got that right. I even hope republikans win the presidency and make it a trifecta. If Demos don't wake up after that, they are done.

viva la migra more than 2 years ago

Noticeably lacking in this

Noticeably lacking in this election were endorsements-- teachers union, state or national, labor of any ilk, environmental groups, a feminist view. Those who create the "image" of the candidate or an issue take advantage and use the fact that Americans are not connected to groups, have no allegiance or sense of brotherhood or sisterhood, certainly lack a sense of allegiance.Working people used to have a sense of connectedness with their union or group and worked in person often with others for candidates, involved in the election process first hand.

Since the eighties, unions have diminished in power and even existence through their own changes in leadership and working the hill, making "deals" that ultimately killed the union in America--at the very least deemed it influential. The women's movement is just not there, mostly battles within killing the fire in the belly on that front. Teachers unions? Follow the money.

To change the dangerous path we are on will take an issue, a cause that will impact everyone alike to bring people back together to make a difference. No matter how much money you have or not, money won't buy a fix in the end. That is the Environment, Mother Earth.

Of course along the way, we need an educated population, probably outlaw TV ads and mailings, or make candidates prove what they say....ok, that's probably not going to happen.

BL Samuel more than 2 years ago

"If you can convince the

"If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.”

LBJ

Gilbert more than 2 years ago

Progressives consistently

Progressives consistently focus on the wrong thing regarding major issues, which is why progressives keep losing ground. If progressives are serious about minimizing and otherwise getting rid of global pollution, then they need to completely change their focus to getting rid of pollution because it is harming our own children and the rest of us. Whether or not pollution is harming the environment is completely irrelevant to the well-established medical facts that pollution is very bad for ALL people.


This is reason enough to get rid of as much pollution as possible, as fast as humanly possible. Focusing on this would make climate change deniers completely irrelevant. Many of the right-wing candidates who got elected did so on a platform of climate change denial. It would be virtually impossible for these same candidates to openly deny that pollution is bad for people, because there is overwhelming medical evidence that it is. I’ve never heard of a physician or scientist who denies that pollution is harming people.


Even Michael Savage would have a hard time convincing his listeners that pollution isn’t bad for people. The reason people like Phil Valentine flourish on the airwaves is because progressives are focused on the wrong thing. Let Valentine try to argue that pollution isn’t harming people and see how far he gets. Let him try to argue that people without health care don’t spread contagious diseases to people who do have health care and, see how far he gets.


No conservative mother wants her own children to get sick. Lack of health care causes people to become human incubators for contagious diseases. This is where the focus should be, that millions of people who lack health care are a clear and present danger to us all. What will happen when the next pandemic gets a grip here and, millions of people fail to go to the doctor because they can’t afford to? Ebola is bad enough, but what will happen when the next airborne pandemic gains traction, which is a historical given? This should be the focus of the health care debate.


Not surprisingly, I can go on the web to the LA Times, NY Times, CNN and other mainstream media any day of the week and find articles debating climate change and lack of health care. And I can go to so-called progressive media like AlterNet. Yet, not a single one of them bother to even mention that pollution is, gee whiz, harming our own children and lack of affordable health care is, gee whiz, probably the reason why many of us get the flu every year. Go figure. . .


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Richard Aberdeen more than 2 years ago

I volunteered online to help

I volunteered online to help through the Mary Burke website and never was contacted. I also signed up to help at the Democratic office in Columbus and again was never contacted. No wonder we can't win.

Ready to move to Minnesota more than 2 years ago

Same here from a Milwaukee

Same here from a Milwaukee suburb regarding Burke's campaign. Returned 5 requests to work, did not hear a word. I did work with some local dems and canvased. It seemed like they were indifferent, except a few hard working committed people I worked with. The dems need to articulate their platform and show what they stand for. I am retired, also a life long democratic voter, long since declared myself independent.

RN more than 2 years ago

I fully agree with Resistance

I fully agree with Resistance. to survive the Democratic party must go back to its roots & stand for real people, not "corporate" people. As a life long Democrat I'm totally disappointed in the direction my party has taken. Beginning with Clinton & now with Obama the party has moved more & more to the right. Chasing the elusive middle.Which Obama never realized was fruitless chasing, Regan would be so proud of the positions of the current Democratic party. That is why I'm leaving the party and registering Independent. I would NEVER consider voting for a republican but the Democratic Party will have to earn my vote. Bernie Sanders for president!!!!!

jrh69ca more than 2 years ago

Its clear that Gays and

Its clear that Gays and Lesbians are also in for a hard time. The Walkerites of the US are quite plain about this, and one needs to further develop political coalitions to protect the rights already gained. Across the country, this election pushed forward a right wing agenda that can only be classified as fascistic, perhaps not a real surprise given how deep the recession was, and given how resentful southern white males have become as expressed by their Republican shills. The Southern strategy was a success; now Americans must resist or before they know it, far from less government, there will be government everywhere watching your every move.

Jay more than 2 years ago

Independents and liberals

Independents and liberals need to support the Progressive wing of the democrats. The PDA has the platform and agenda that liberals can win with and that working people support. We don't have to start from scratch. We need to take to party from the corporate democrats by supporting the PDA.

Brad K Schulz more than 2 years ago

The democrats lost the young

The democrats lost the young voters who appeantly did not realize you HAVE TO VOTE to keep your candidates in office.

GenCcarey more than 2 years ago

Obama made if very clear in

Obama made if very clear in his pathetic speech that he is hell bent on playing more of this nice guy game, trying to agree to disagree with a loyal opposition, and that being even more Republican lite is going to be the lesson from this defeat.

OH more than 2 years ago

When Rachel Maddow declared

When Rachel Maddow declared that the Democrats didn't deserve to win, she announced the coming blowout accurately. Third Way doesn't work. It onlyn bribes greedy DINOs to prevent the resergence of a populist Democratic Party.

blurkel more than 2 years ago

A "Donkey" for a mascot for

A "Donkey" for a mascot for the Dems, just fitting. Born to be "beaten, to labour, and just to bow down" to defeat. Just fitting. ...

George G more than 2 years ago

Should Gov. Scott Walker ever

Should Gov. Scott Walker ever be elected President come 2016, i shall be moving to Canada on a permanent basis. i simply cannot bring myself to fathom the grim specter of a Scott Walker presidency. OY VEY USA!

Albert more than 2 years ago

Scott Walker will be a

Scott Walker will be a platform for the really scary people. He will be a puppet but I should not have to tell you who is paying for the agenda.

Dean Patrick more than 2 years ago

Then you have to consider the

Then you have to consider the grim specter of Steven Harper, protege of Carl Rove, who has won Prime Minister of an even more apparently progressive Canada, not once but twice. Are you feeling a bit like a progressive German in 1931? BTW he twisted the Wisconsin model of Unemployment Compensation into something that would be the envy of Mussolini. There is no place to run on this continent. Again, are you getting that sinking feeling?

rjd more than 2 years ago

Disappointed but not at all

Disappointed but not at all surprised. Hope the Dems conduct the post-mortem that the Pubs performed after 2012. Although Mary Burke is an honorable, intelligent, qualified candidate, I don't think the Dem Party has enough fight in it. The Dem incumbent in my Assembly district ran on bipartisanship, literally calling herself "bipartisan." And honestly, I had to pause before filling in that bubble. Progressives aren't upset that Dems don't compromise enough: real Progressives are TICKED OFF at too much capitulation and too little backbone.

Resistance more than 2 years ago

I think democrats need do

The Democratic Party has been compromised by money and an hollowed out vision of America in the 21st century. I think Democrats need to regroup as the Progressive New Deal 21st Century Party. The 2014 democrat appears to me to be nothing more than what the "Rockefeller republicans" were in the 60s but devoid of any original ideas or vision. Neoliberal economics has failed. NeoCon foreign policy has failed. Bowing down to monied corporate interests by Dems turns off their supporters. It's time to double down on justice for all. It's time to call themselves as the party of conscience and moral judgement. It's time for a new vision if we want to keep what is left of a Government of by and for the People.

hil2 more than 2 years ago

I think democrats need do

The Democratic Party has been compromised by money and an hollowed out vision of America in the 21st century. I think Democrats need to regroup as the Progressive New Deal 21st Century Party. The 2014 democrat appears to me to be nothing more than what the "Rockefeller republicans" were in the 60s but devoid of any original ideas or vision. Neoliberal economics has failed. NeoCon foreign policy has failed. Bowing down to monied corporate interests by Dems turns off their supporters. It's time to double down on justice for all. It's time to call themselves as the party of conscience and moral judgement. It's time for a new vision if we want to keep what is left of a Government of by and for the People.

hil2 more than 2 years ago

you are right

you are right

Darrell more than 2 years ago

I agree. Democrats received

I agree. Democrats received the drubbing they got. Republikans are not ashamed of pushing backwayrd agendas while democrats are too worried of being deems socialists or whatever. Heck, that woman who ran against McConnell wouldn't admit in their debate that she voted for Obama. Some spine.

viva la migra more than 2 years ago

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