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Democratic Party isn’t ready for 2010

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It may have only seemed like yesterday that Barack Obama was giving the speech in Grant Park in Chicago. But here we are in 2010, and we have a bunch of elections coming up.

The 2008 election season was incredibly exciting, but now we have an election cycle where Barack Obama is not on the ballot. On paper, Democrats have the edge, especially in the Senate.

Right now, the Democratic Party seems to be doing whatever it can to not gain in November.

As we’ve learned in 2009, 60 senators aren’t enough. Democrats should seize the opportunity to gain more senators, and then tell Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman to hold their breath for awhile.

And there are opportunities: open seats in Ohio, Missouri, Florida. And Democrats have more money to spread around than Republicans do.

But there are tremors on the House side: a series of Blue Dog Democrats retiring from the House. When the party in charge has people suddenly retiring, there are going to be problems. Defections such as Parker Griffith aren’t significant, but they aren’t encouraging either.

The fear Democrats should have is 1994, the last time the party controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. And there is the traditional loss of seats when a party has this dominance.

We aren’t predicting that 1994 will be repeated: John Boehner is no Newt Gingrich. But the Democrats need to start thinking about what to tell voters as to why they should vote Democratic in 2010.

The best argument is that they need more Democrats to pass stronger legislation. The stimulus could have been good, but lost out to trying to get GOP votes, and “centrists” made their cuts, forcing unnecessary tax breaks to weaken the stimulus. The health care bill could have been good, but again, sucking up to the GOP and “centrists” weakened that bill.

This idea that the Dems can tell the voters: “we’re not George W. Bush” isn’t going to fly.


Written by democracysoup

January 1, 2010 at 7:50 am

Posted in 2010 elections

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  1. Now Dem candidates have to say “we’re not Bush and also we’re not Obama.”

    That still doesn’t prove they are not fascist.

    Kevin Schmidt

    January 4, 2010 at 11:05 pm

  2. It would be nice if the Democrats would pass ANY legislation that benefits those of us who aren’t Wall Street bankers or drug and insurance company executives!

    Thankfully for the nation, the Republicans are in more disarray than the Democrats are, or else 1994 would look like a day at Disney World compared to what they could have organized this fall. The people are very angry, and traditionally they take out their anger and frustration on the majority party. As the majority party, the Democrats will suffer the consequences of their inaction.

    People should be realizing that the two-party racket, the gentlemen’s agreement between groups of thieves to maintain control of the government between them, has got to come to an end. Partisan polarization is what got the nation into the mess it’s in, and polarization is only a recipe for more of the same. It’s time for the voters to stop looking at the party label and start looking at who can best represent your ideals and values.


    January 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

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