Here at the PDog we all gloated over the demographics of a changing America….
Oh, we lall thought even after the 2008 elections…..
The Republicans are on the run…..
Maybe for the Presidency…..
But NOT anywhere else….
From the day Barack Obama was elected Republicans have captured MORE political offices than ever….
Some might want to hang this demise on Barack H. Obama’s doorstep….
But I think that just way too simple…..
The more responsible answer is Democrats NOT voting I believe…..
From the moment President Obama got into office Democrats have expected things to go their way….
Without doing the heavy lifting….
Obama’s election glavinaized the right and others to focus against the first Black (Mixed) President …..
No matter what he touched?
Republicans and others had a clear target….
Healthcare still is rallying cry by the right, although the Affordable Healthcare Law, hasb been shortened to Obamacare, to remind people WHO they should blame for their BETTER healthcare coverage….
The troops are home from Iraq and Afghanista, although the Republicans want to send them back there and to Iran…..
This President has tried to help Black, Brown and Yellow people on immigration and other programs….But in last years Mid-term elections Latino’s wher encouraged NOT to vote because Obama couldn’t do more?…..The Republicans NOT Obama was holding things up….
The President can only do but so much…..
Expectations can be enormous….
But the Republicans, worried about a country marching to the left on Gays, Immigration, Abortion, Hewalthcare and other 21st Century changes have siomply outflacked Democrats who are of a older generation also…
Under Obama, the party started strong. “When Obama was elected in 2008, Democrats were at a high water mark,” says David Axelrod, who served as one of Obama’s top strategists. “Driven by antipathy to George W. Bush and then the Obama wave, Democrats had enjoyed two banner elections in ’06 and ’08. We won dozens of improbable congressional elections in states and districts that normally would tack Republican, and that effect trickled down to other offices. You add to that the fact that we would take office in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, and it was apparent, from Day One, that we had nowhere to go but down.”
The party’s record over the past six years has made clear that when Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017 the Democratic Party will have ceded vast sections of the country to Republicans, and will be left with a weak bench of high-level elected officials. It is, in fact, so bleak a record that even if the Democrats hold the White House and retake the Senate in 2016, the party’s wounds will remain deep and enduring, threatening the enactment of anything like a “progressive” agenda across much of the nation and eliminating nearly a decade’s worth of rising stars who might help strengthen the party in elections ahead.
When you look at the states, the collapse of the party’s fortunes are worse. Republicans now hold 31 governorships, nine more than they held when Obama was inaugurated. During the last six years the GOP has won governorships in purple and even deep blue states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio. In the last midterms, only one endangered Republican governor—Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania—was replaced by a Democrat. (Sean Parnell in Alaska lost to an independent.) Every other endangered Republican returned to office.
Now turn to state legislatures—although if you’re a loyal Democrat, you may want to avert your eyes.
“We are fooling ourselves,” says one well-placed Democratic operative, “if we think we can advance a progressive agenda in Washington, if half the Congress and half the states are controlled by a Republican Party enthusiastically working to undo every trace of progressive policy.”
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