A Different Take On The Election

A different take on the election

by @zizii2

Much handwringing over the Democratic party’s electoral fortunes has taken place this past week. Teabaggers are ecstatic. The most loathesome wingnuts are going to make our lives even more miserable than we have already endured. Some young people justify young voter apathy by saying Democrats did not give them what they wanted, as shown below in the Carl Gibson piece titled:

Open Letter to Democrats From a Disillusioned Young Voter


And Democratic Party leaders will probably learn the wrong lessons and move further repub-lite.

I think differently about what happened. I believe what we are seeing is the brick wall that Coalition Politics slams into when the regular institutions of Democracy have been irreparably subverted and perverted by oligarchs and their political minions who have convinced many Americans that nihilism is their birthright. What do I mean?


Normally, in a democracy, aspiring politicians and party platforms woo voters with promises of what they will DO for said voters, and the campaigns go full steam ahead in competition. And whoever wins tries to maintain voter approval and possible reelection based on their ability to account to the voter. Otherwise how do you win power again, right?

Wrong. Voters? What voters? GOP-Oligarchs’ answer to electoral imperatives and demographic change, is to shrink the electorate till they could “drown it in a bathtub”!

The institutions of our democracy, plus the inbuilt checks-and-balances ensured that feedback loop between voters and political office-seekers prevailed, warts and all. But, not so since 2010 when the “consent of the people” was literally killed off. Republicans actually threw out their own previous narrow pursuit of 50%+1 path to power. Instead, they developed a scheme to win without the “consent of the people” by changing the very institutions and rules of our democracy. So being in the “majority” or “minority”, for them, did not matter. Outwardly we saw Citizens United, gerrymandering, voter suppression etc. bear obscene fruit. But those alone did not put the nail in the coffin of our Democracy.


The second plank in GOP-Oligarchs’ scheme, was to reorient their voters’ understanding of what a Democracy should be. Their voters were molded to give up expecting government and politicians to do ANYTHING FOR THEM, nor ACCOUNT to them. They got their voters to hate the idea of “the commons” that they benefit from themselves. This was a more cynical perversion of even Reaganism on steroids. Ideology trumped rights and responsibilities.

And here is the clincher. They got their voters to champion NIHILISM as a birthright, relabeled “FREEDOM.” An article of faith, it became. Nothing can shake that. But what it does shake is the compact we thought we had on what Democracy is supposed to be. The Equation changed. We were no longer fighting on the same wavelength, let alone, turf.

The effect has been a Democratic coalition left on the field that still believes in the prior idea of how Democracy is supposed to work. It still wants politicians, political parties, and public institutions to do something FOR the people.

“DOING” is the glue that holds our diverse Democratic Party coalition together, because ours has always been a struggle to get what our various coalition groups NEVER had, or wrest back rights we lost. DOING. DOING DOING. Progressive ideology has become at its root FUNCTIONAL. The democratic coalition cannot operate outside those parameters. We are like un-herdable cats, we don’t do ideology for ideology’s sake! Because from our various frontlines we always ask “How does that get us our rights?” We bicker and moan, but we DID things. Some died in the trenches, or it took some 100s of years for some things, but, We DO things.

Social Security, Medicare, Women’s rights, OSHA regulations, Clean Air, Fuel standards, Environmental protection, Gay Rights, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, and on and on…


Sure we have been suckers for believing in the IDEALS this country was founded on, even if it never lived up to them. We believed those ideals of equal rights, freedom, the pursuit of happiness could be attained if we fought for them. A union that COULD be perfected, we believed.

However there are risks to this type of coalition that is glued together only by DOING things, but not undergirded by an active LIBERAL movement in the streets. Why? The coalition has little to keep its eyes on the ultimate prize, when DOING suffers setbacks, or slowdowns, or even reversals. The coalition without a movement has no practice in treading water STRATEGICALLY in the interim, and making lots of noticeable NOISE.

A coalition without a movement outside the halls of government and politicians’ fortunes, has little to fall back on when electoral fortunes go south, as happened this past Tuesday. So rather than continue building the movement, or shift to second tier priorities on its larger agenda, or even indulge in some ratfuckery of its own in the other camp, it sinks into apathy.

Noise warfare is very critical in this increasingly ADHD country of ours. A sustained movement in the streets chips away at corporate media recalcitrance (e.g Rev Dr. William Barber’s Moral Monday’s writ large). It also peps up beat up voters and  liberal politicians, and also holds them accountable. We did not have a movement. All our eggs were in the finicky electoral basket. But the GOP-Oligarchy had already perverted that basket over the last 4 years!


Bingo! The GOP-Oligarch’s third scheme! As a matter of fact President Obama’s 2012 victory kept at bay our realization of the full implication of what Republicans had wrought in 4 short years among a highly motivated segment of the American people.

This 2014 election lays bare the third plank of the GOP-Oligarch’s scheme – to render inert the Democratic party coalition, using fulcrum politics. They blocked and wore out the Democratic party’s quest to DO. A bitter war of attrition. Democrats had to juggle so many balls just to stay up for air. GOP simply flooded the zone with fear, decibels, and money – just enough to keep their voter’s stoked even if they’re just 20% of the electorate. Afterall, their voters have been convinced to never WANT anything done for them. And certainly not by THOSE “people” (Democrats), and absolutely not by “that one”!!! Hate was their oxygen. Nothing else was needed. They are a minority, yes. But it is a minority that votes no matter what.

Our Democratic coalition got mad, frustrated, apathetic, exhausted. EXHAUSTED. Our post-mortems reflect that exhaustion. It was not humanly possible to keep up with the volume of sheer evil thrown our way since before the start of the Obama presidency in 2009.


Yes, the electoral map for Democrats was tough this year, and indeed not running away from President Obama would have made a difference. However, no matter what we did tactically for this or any other election, our side still does not have an answer for the GOP upending our Democracy. We’ve seen a microcosm of this structural horror play out in GOP-controlled state governments. With the exception of Snyder in Pennsylvania, none of the absolutely horrible GOP governors were given the boot. Koch-acolyte Scott Walker in Wisconsin is the harbinger of this perversion, and he’s making noises about the WH in 2016.

They are not called the American Taliban in jest. Actually Pete Sessions said in February 2009 that the GOP was going to adopt al-Qaeda and Taliban-style insurgency tactics. They meant it. They trained their voters’ to become the equivalent of suicide bombers who don’t care about the commonweal, and threw lotsa NRA freebies at them. And voila! An autodestructive segment of the American population that needs little prompting to do oligarch’s wildest desires.


A LIBERAL movement rebuilt is urgently needed to fight this vicious trench warfare for the soul of our Democracy. It is needed to carry us past January 20, 2017, regardless of who gets elected to the White House or any other national office. There are state legislatures to fight, rightwing local government gunk to dismantle. Our work ahead is cut out for us.

After the Vietnam War protest movement, and the Women’s Rights movement, and the Civil Rights movement, or more recently the gay rights and immigrants’ rights movements, Liberals left the streets for hallowed academic perches and national electoral politics. Occupy Wall Street showed promise but atrophied because the planners did not have the skills nor institutional memory of facing down waterhoses and dogs, to sustain the movement in the face of hostility. Plus the libertarian streak in its ranks forbade any alliances to movements/leaders preceding it. And alas, it got co-opted and fizzled.

We also ceded the airwaves to 1000+ rightwing stations feeding GOP-base a daily diet of hate. Our liberal moneybags did not invest in media loss leaders, like wingnuts have done. As a matter of fact, corporate media is no longer in the business of profits and ratings. If they were, they would care about whether people listen/watch their hate diet or not. They don’t care, because free-market competition is not their raison d’être. They are pure money-losing propaganda channels sacrificed at the altar of advancing the ideology of the oligarchy.


Lesson: President Obama is STILL single-handedly holding the fort for us NOW while we LIBERALS get our act together. If we blow it again, well…





Now about those “Progressive ballot initiatives” that voters passed up and down red and blue states, while at the same time electing batshit crazy GOP pols who have flatly said they don’t support them. How do voters think said initiatives will be signed into law and enacted? Herein lies the cynical results wrought by GOP-Oligarchy in severing voters from their rational interests. A liberal movement would help restore the link between progressive action and the party CAPABLE of delivering it — DEMOCRATS!!!


Obama Facts

h/t Nerdy

87 Responses to “A Different Take On The Election”

  1. 1 yardarm756
    November 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm


  2. 13 criquet
    November 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Brilliant post.
    GE all.

  3. 14 JER
    November 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm

  4. 16 Vicki
    November 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Zizi. I take your points. GOP trained their folks to think they did not want anything done for them
    So, the minimum wage was easy to scorn. Poor people need that. Not them.

    My idea for a step towards Dem success is we go after the complacent elderly GOP voter.
    We offer them legislation to raise the rates banks give to savers.
    We promise them an earnings floor below which seniors pay no taxes at all. (McCain and PBO have backed this during campaigns.)

    Seniors aren’t moved by minimum wage and womens health and wage equality in the same way as Dem coalition is.

    Maybe we can’t overcome GOP propaganda that keeps Dems at home, but we might be able to prevent the die-hard Repubs for voting against measures that will apply more directly to them

    • 17 57andfemale
      November 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      It’s not about the laundry list of issues. I listened to the Rude Pundit this morning on Stephanie Miller. He thought he’d gotten through to his brother in LA to vote for Landrieu. The guy is center-left. But at the last minute, he voted for the Republican.

      He said something that I have heard in news stories, interviews, etc.: “I just didn’t feel right voting for a Democrat. I felt disloyal.” Or some such language. KY is the perfect example of people wanting everything Dems have to offer but “feeling right and good” about voting Republican. So I’m afraid, Vicki, we won’t get through to that older, white voter who is willing to sacrifice their social security and Medicare in order to “feel good” about voting Republican.

      The list of issues is of course the foundation. But how to make people “feel good” about the strength and community that comes with being a Democrat. How our bedrock ideals are based in a common purpose and a commitment to the Commons from which all of our fortunes spring.

      We need to tap the emotions and be proud of who we are and what we built. PBO has written the template: look at his speeches and campaign events. What we needed was Party leadership that choreographed the campaigns to take pride in how far we have come from the evils of conservatism.

      We need a villain, too – but how many Democratic candidates framed the consequences?

      • 18 nospin
        November 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm

        “We need to tap the emotions and be proud of who we are and what we built. PBO has written the template: look at his speeches and campaign events. What we needed was Party leadership that choreographed the campaigns to take pride in how far we have come”

        They ran away from POTUS and all the accomplishments we made for 6 years. The mantra was vote for us because we are not the GOP.

        They earned the loss.

        • 19 57andfemale
          November 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm

          They did. But what is disturbing is that they don’t appear to “get it” even now. DWS blathering about committees and task forces and apparently she intends to keep her job. Harry Reid whining about more Republican-lite today.

          I don’t get it.

      • 20 Vicki
        November 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        I think you’re right. It is not about the issues.

        Being a democrat has been devalued and broken by the alliance of DINOS and MSM.

        As I said earlier—-Jan. 17, 2017 and I am tuned out.

    • November 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks. I think our work has to be multipronged, addressing various constituencies. But these GOP puppetmasters are pure evil.

  5. 22 susanne
    November 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    thanks for making these very important points, zizi. there is work to do on so many fronts. but it seems to me the issue of oligarchy using media as propaganda outlets is huge. going under the radar, directly, through social media was critical for pbo’s campaigns. but people still see and hear so much opposition noise, they doubt what they hear from us. i have no easy solution in mind for this, but i think it’s the central issue for our times.

  6. November 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Zizii, excellent piece, clarifying, thoughtful. Have face booked it, hoping my peeps will take the time to read. Thank you.

  7. November 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Welp. It’s time to say goodbye to Hawaii. I’ll be flying out this afternoon at 2:55(HNL) and arriving back on the mainland at 10:10pm (OAK), a 5hr flight. My last view of the ocean and part of the beach from my hotel room.

    Aloha and Mahalo to Hawaii!

    • 27 desertflower
      November 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      That went by fast:) Safe travels home…

    • 28 susanne
      November 10, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      aloha lamh, and mahalo from hawaii! while you’re waiting at the honolulu airport, be sure to check out the lovely gardens–take the staircase down to ground level, and wander through themed gardens, with cool shaded benches to rest on. hope you can make it to the big island next time!

  8. November 10, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Brava, zizi, brava.

    As I said in my post Saturday, there’s a path for Dems and liberals to take, but it involves a lot of work, work that seems to be distasteful. And unless a band of liberal billionaires starts a news channel, the media is going to be against us. The media is dying, but not fast enough; it’s atrophying just slowly enough to allow the oligarchs to put their schemes in place.

    • November 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks LL. You are right about the solution being an uphill battle. But it was in 2012 and we overcame it. We just have to have both an inside and outside game. We must make noise.
      In a way President Obama spoiled us. So many newbies in the coalition thought change happens with the snap of a finger. We gotta suck it up..

  9. 31 Nena20409
    November 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Hello……I was of by one day.
    Dr Spencer to be released Tomorrow…….That means, ZERO Ebola in USA.

    Is it any wonder that Lara Logan of CBS is seeking for attention in her home town, South Africa, currently, on a quarantine Ebola Scheme?

  10. 32 Nena20409
    November 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Aziz, great Thread. Many youngsters are not understanding that Democracy with those holding it’s ideals and seeking for a lasting to semi-permanent change must always be active. Intermittent activism is 2010 and 2014.
    Perhaps, lack of understanding of the way US system works and the determination of GOPers to want POWER at all cost……is troubling for many. But the answer is not allowing the same old GOPers back in charge.

    Au ⭐ for our TOD……Sir Yardarm. Congrats.

  11. 33 vcprezofan2
    November 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Hello, everyone!
    Hi Zizi, it’s good to see you. I read this once, with one ear on the president’s speech; I’ll need to read it again later to absorb the pieces. Thanks for sharing though.

  12. November 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    The Crats have messed up big time…and thats the real!!! They no longer have an identity..I can”t tell them from the rest…same ole same ole…and that is just sad…it will take awhile to fix this and get the dem voters trusting and back in the fold…The President laid a very good and strong foundation for them and they figured out how to throw it to the wayside…PITIFUL!!!
    They are sadly mistaken if they think Bill and Hill can fix it…ah no, no way..they are part of the problem!!!!

  13. 39 Nena20409
    November 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm

  14. 40 dotster3
    November 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Sad, skewed priorities. Does any high school need a $58 million stadium? How about a referendum for improving the education of those football players?

  15. 43 Nena20409
    November 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    With every new snow fall in MN……many accidents are seen. One would think that people would learn? Nope. Recklessness has some contribution to these accidents.
    Slow down, be careful and give other drivers enough space…….especially, on icy roads.

    • 44 a4alice
      November 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      and they are icy Nena. I was out driving in it. Yikes. I don’t like it when winter starts icy instead of beautiful fluffy stuff.

  16. 45 mophene
    November 10, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Ah youth, I remember doing dumb stuff like that, when I was that age. When Reagan won TWICE, it seemed like the end of the world.

  17. 46 jackiegrumbacher
    November 10, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Zizi, once again a brilliant piece that forces us to think and examine our own failings as a democracy and as Democrats. We place SO much faith in President Obama in 2008, that we abdicated our own responsibility to be as he told us “the change we were looking for.” Democrats as a whole continued to heap burden upon burden on his shoulders to the point of even fighting against him when he couldn’t get a perfect dream wish health care system through Congress. Never once did we hear people say that the people we elected to Congress were at fault–every burden, every task had to fall on the president to the point that now, as you said, he has the weight of the entire government and the future of the American people on his back. I would add that the systematic and purposeful decline in public education has added to the ignorance of the American electorate and their willingness to embrace racism and hatred as a way of life. I don’t know what the way forward will be because I see no collective energy on the horizon that will rally the somnolent. What we are headed for –an oligarchy in which all rights are ceded to the few–will mean the end of all the dreams, struggles, hopes and sacrifices Americans have made for their democracy since 1776 and it won’t be a war or a foreign terrorist that will bring us to this end. It will be the enemy within. I hope we don’t leave the waking up until its too late. Thank you for bringing your incisive mind to this urgent and terrifying crisis.

    • 47 Vicki
      November 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Sad to say jackieg but I concur completely with all you have written.

    • November 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Yes. Sobering. You sum it all up so beautifully. But generations who fought before us knew how to tread water while continuing to fight. We have to do the same. It took more than 100 years of fighting to get civil rights and voting rights etc.. Remember PBO’s words on election night in 2008:
      “The road will be long, the climb will be steep,
      We will suffer setbacks…
      But America, I have never been more hopeful
      We will get there.”
      I’m trying to quote here from memory. I hope I’m close.

      • November 11, 2014 at 7:38 am

        What an excellent, compelling and worthy essay, zizi2. You write with clarity and insight and I learn so much and rise a little higher each time I savor your essays and comments. Your words and ideas bless the TOD firmament, and I hope it comes back to you. I can hear President Obama’s voice when I read your quotation here: “…I have never been more hopeful!” I also cherish and am humbled by your reference here to the generations who came before us, and fought for centuries for rights that no one should have been able to deny. They didn’t give up, so I have no business diving into the despair pond. Forward!

    • 51 FoxfireTX
      November 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      ” I would add that the systematic and purposeful decline in public education has added to the ignorance of the American electorate and their willingness to embrace racism and hatred as a way of life.”

      THIS! There used to be a sense of community. No longer in the US. The last time I recall seeing it was the night OBL was killed. Even the 2012 election did not restore it, and this is what we are left with. With no educational background on the US and everything she has stood for so many generations, there is not much left to hold us together. Couple that with the GOP’s money and you get what we witnessed last Tuesday. For people my age, voting was viewed as such a privilege. I simply could not wait for the first time to be able to cast my vote. But that was built on education and history, which is sadly lacking today.

  18. November 10, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I have been grinning ever since President Obama made his profound policy decision regarding Internet access – grinning not merely because he did exactly the right thing (no surprise) but he did it in China!

    Can’t think of a better place for him to announce that Keystone pipeline is DOA as long as he’s President 🙂

    Wonder how traitors Snowden, Greenwald and Poitras took the Internet news 😀 😀


    Yes We Will

    • November 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      BTW, Tom Wolf is the perfect example of how to focus on what matters to the majority of citizens and Win.

      For me, if I were in a position to influence the platform it would be specific and unwavering, to wit, a 3rd Reconstruction that focuses on inequity (racial and economic), climate (renewable energy & massive recycling efforts), & education could easily lead to massive wins in 2016 and beyond.

      My hope is that Elizabeth Warren, Martin O’Malley, Deval Patrick, Kamela Harris & Michelle Obama, among others, push Hill & Bill & the DLC cabal to the sidelines, and assume leading roles in the necessary effort to complete the transformation that President Obama has initiated and nurtured.


      Yes We Will

    • 55 FoxfireTX
      November 10, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      And the fact he did it so quickly after the election. Boehner and McConnell are pulling their hair out:-)

  19. 56 Deb
    November 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I think it is to late. I think President Obama will move on after is Presidency to do many even more outstanding things. But I think the democrats in congress have set in motion something that is going to take a lot of effort to rectify. The cowardly way they ran I don’t know if they can do it. They really deflated the base of the democratic party big time. The repubs are relentless and stay on message. They probably will dismantle Obamacare and try to impeach the President. We cannot depend on the democrats to do anything about it.

  20. 57 carolyn
    November 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    zizi’s post needs to be sent to EVERY Democrat who is in a position of influence, and those that are not particularly influential, but are active. I need to re-read this, but my first scan says this is right on the point. Once there was a “liberal” ideology, and I think the statement of JFK’s and one of FDR’s encapsulates this. How can those be put into practice, and inculcated into every liberal leaning person?

    How can one “feel good” about voting for a Republican? I agree, the elderly white voter is NOT the target for these. As Lindsey Graham said, there aren’t enough angry old white men being born to make a majority. The key is young people, education in civics, enlightenment on what a democracy truly is, inculcation of liberal ideas, AND…..a strong liberal media outlet!!!

  21. November 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Me in about 20 years.

  22. 59 JER
    November 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

  23. 60 dotster3
    November 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

  24. 61 JER
    November 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm

  25. November 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    you are always on point, zizi.

    thank you.

  26. 64 Vicki
    November 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Bob Dylan wrote years ago, “It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.” I remember this song from at least a decade ago.

    I think it is very dark here and now.
    Our democracy—2/3 of eligible citizens didn’t bother to vote—-is not a democracy anymore.

  27. November 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Interesting letter from Jim Messina … thought I’d post it, though it’s likely all of you have received a similar email. OFA is the only organization I support with $. My other donations, when I can make them, go directly to specific candidates. DCCC, DSCC, DNC are dead to me.

    “You heard from the President this morning. He put it his way. I’ll put it mine:

    Election Day is behind us — let’s get back to work.

    The fight for change can’t start or stop with one election, because the fights we care about are in front of us. That’s why we started OFA in the first place.

    So you have a choice to make: Pack it in and wait out the next two years on the sidelines — or decide that this fight needs you more than ever.

    We have a budget deadline this Friday night, so it’s time to decide: Will you chip in $5 or more today?

    I know a lot has been asked of you recently. I get a lot of the same emails you do.

    We’re asking for money today because the work ahead of us is tough. And I wouldn’t be asking if I didn’t think your donation would make a real impact, and actually help real people.

    Here’s why: On Saturday, the Obamacare marketplace opens again. For the millions of Americans who still need to get health insurance, this is their chance.

    OFA is planning to go all in to help — that’s what it’s going to take.

    We’re up against the same nasty, cynical crap that’s always been thrown at us around health care. This time — now that Obamacare repealers are leading the Senate — they think they can beat us.

    If we do our jobs, they won’t just be wrong about that. This will be the time we look back on as a defining moment in the fight over this law. The more people who sign up for coverage, the harder it is for the other side to justify trying to take it all away.

    This will be decided at the grassroots level. That’s the way it’s been from the beginning — whether it was August 2009, when pundits were saying we didn’t have a chance to pass reform, or October 2013, when the other side was declaring the entire law dead because a website didn’t work right for a few weeks.

    You proved the cynics wrong. And today, there are 10.3 million fewer people uninsured than there were in 2013.

    So now it’s up to you — are you going to help finish what we started together?

    We have two years left with President Obama in the White House, and I’m not done fighting. Not even close.

    If you give a damn, join me and give a dollar, too:




    Jim Messina
    Organizing for Action”

  28. 66 dotster3
    November 10, 2014 at 6:08 pm

  29. 68 Nena20409
    November 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm


    The Texas town where America’s oil and natural gas boom began has voted to ban fracking, in a stunning rebuke to the industry.

    Denton, a college town on the edge of the Barnett Shale, voted by 59% to ban fracking inside the city limits, a first for any locality in Texas.

    Organisers said they hoped it would give a boost to anti-fracking activists in other states. More than 15 million Americans now live within a mile of an oil or gas well.

    “It should send a signal to industry that if the people in Texas – where fracking was invented – can’t live with it, nobody can,” said Sharon Wilson, the Texas organiser for EarthWorks, who lives in Denton.
    Big Oil spend Millions to defeat this ballot and failed.
    They are now going to court to thwart the WILL of the people through the TX bought and paid for Judicial System

  30. 69 Deb
    November 10, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I been getting so many emails from the DNC, DSCC and the DCCC about standing with the President. They need to send them to themselves. So many times on a news show a democrat would be on while they were criticizing President Obama like he hadn’t done anything and the democrat would just sit there and not come back with anything like ending 2 wars, saving the economy, health care among other things. The democrats never defended the President when the media was going on and on about the healthcare website. Never saying look it’s a website, hardly following up on how many people were getting healthcare insurance. Even when they lost this midterm elections the first thing you hear from democrats is it is President Obama fault his approval rating is low. His approval rating isn’t low among his supporters at all and his approval rating really was never plummeting as the media portrayed. Democrats would come out and say he was to cautious because he was not trying to send people into a war zone. They would go along with republicans talking points. Democrats have no backbone. Then to add insult to injury they basically disowned him with I’m a Clinton democrat crap. I am truly disgusted with them.

  31. 70 carolyn
    November 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I too have been receiving those emails to “stand with”…..of course WE stand with him. It’s the people in these organizations that haven’t. The most recent one was from DWS and the DNC asking for our input as to what needs to be done. I am going to answer this after I sit and think and carefully write out my ideas. I hope that all of us who receive this email will respond. Numbers, numbers, numbers are what count. We will have some different suggestions, and we will have many that overlap. They need to be bombarded with letters from people like us.
    Also, zizi’s essay needs to be sent to the DNC, and highlighted in every way possible. Also to the DSCC, the DCCC, and newspapers all over the country.

    • 71 susanne
      November 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      agreed– zizi’s essay is required reading for everyone who supposes they’re addressing ‘what happened’.

  32. 72 GGail
    November 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    The Detroit Free Press posted The Feedback File article and based on the comments….Michigan is deep red /smh


  33. 73 dotster3
    November 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    This is great —-

  34. 74 donna dem 4 obama
    November 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I wrote on this blog a couple of weeks before the election that ALG would probably not win KY. The reason plain and simple is that Republicans fall in line while Democrats have to fall in love with their candidates. All the postmortem in the world cannot change that. It’s just who Dems are. All the same problems that are being talked about a week after the election are the same problems that we had two years ago. Dem voters didn’t get everything they wanted by the time of the 2012 election but they stood in lines for hours to vote. Latinos and others that are undocumented didn’t get their CIR after 4 years of waiting for it to happen but the Latino vote was strong in 2012 and they stood in lines for hours to vote. Our youth didn’t get the student loan reform that they seek in the run-up to the 2012 election but they stood in lines for hours to vote. And the Democratic party knew that in the end that KY voters would fall in line in 2014 behind McTurtle when it came time to cast that ballot in his Senate race. Republicans vote and Democrats don’t. Dems have to have a “reason” to vote. They have to be handheld to the polls. For Republicans just handing a Dem a loss is reason enough to go exercise their civic duty but we have to be “inspired” to vote.

    PBO is a historic, charismatic well loved man. Most if not all of his coalition would crawl over glass to vote for him. So without him on the ballot we get horrible turnout.

    If someone like me who is just a layperson to politics can see this why can’t the Democratic Party? You message to the people that you need to turnout. You put up good candidates. You never stop registering voters. You keep OFA type offices open year round to always be working toward expanding our base. You do PSA’s on how local and federal government works until people get sick of seeing them. You stand on your record and you NEVER air your dirty party laundry. You always show a united front and you are never disloyal to your President.

    Do these things and you will win. If they don’t they won’t. You cannot flip a switch and turn on Democratic voters two months before an election. It has to be a grand event for a year leading up to an election. We need theatrics, we need star power, we need grand scale technology working to move people to the polls. You don’t expend all that time and talent to get a President elected and then go back to the John Kerry ways of moving the electorate for the mid-term elections and then wonder why you keep losing.

    I talked to the youngins who came for dinner last night. The age range was 28-34. All of my children and spouses and significant others voted in this years election so I asked them what do their friends have to say about the mid-terms. To a person they all said that most of their friends (who are Democrats) were not even paying attention. I asked why and the answer essentially was that this election wasn’t glamorous enough. The Dems never made them feel a sense of urgency to go vote.

    Now most of you will say that this is stupid and that they are being irresponsible but that’s who half of our voters are. OFA recognized that and figured out how to engage that electorate. You can’t just put up ads on TV and Radio and expect our voters to fall in line. It doesn’t work that way for us.

    When we learn that you never stop campaigning and you are always looking for ways to build your voter base by keeping them engaged year round only then will we have an electorate that will be looking forward to casting a vote every TWO years.

    Just my two cents……

  35. 79 susanne
    November 10, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    patsy mink will receive the medal of freedom! she is a great hero here in hawaii.

    ‘In 1964, she became the first woman of color elected to Congress. She is best known for co-authoring and championing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. ‘


  36. 80 Deb
    November 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    No it is not stupid. The repubs were relentless with messaging putting they base into almost a panic. The democrats just set back and basically acted like people were just going to vote for them. They ignored President Obama and his coalition.

  37. November 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    such a poignant and insightful essay..zizi…

    Wolf won in PA….PA was able to push aside its Voter Suppression law…not so in TX…Not so in FL…Not So in NC…Not so in GA…Not so in Ohio…No so in WI….all those GOV won….it cannot be stated enough what the impact of VOTER Suppression has had on the blk vote.

    There have been many struggles waged by “WeThePeople”..and there will be many more…This is not over….struggle is always waged from the bottom up…Never from the top down….The President is the only politician that i have followed this closely and believed in so thoroughly..like zizi says …it is hard work…and before PBO came on the scene…how much community organizing did the DEM party actually do….

    I do not expect the DEM Party to be our liberators….we will be the liberators of the Democratic Party….

    we have to be the community organizers…the movers and shakers….OFA….is just one of the vehicles…the Moral Monday Marchers have also shown us the way….become involved in your community and your union around those issues that have meaning to you….this is the only way CHANGE will come….

    when I think of struggles and the odds and dangers that we face…I think of Harriet Tubman returning time and time again to the south to lead the slaves North…I think of those Freedom Riders sitting at Woolworth counters of South….I think of Fannie Lou Hammer who was beaten because she wanted to vote….I think of the men and women who had vicious dogs and fire hoses turned on them…I think of the women who endured forced feeding fighting for the right to vote….

    We have the Strength and legacy of freedom fighters within us….

    no this is not over….because as long as we have breath…we fight…..we will fight and do what is necessary to move Forward>>>>>>

  38. 85 dotster3
    November 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    A couple of personal thoughts on the election—–I see people on twitter noting that Dems have (almost) no bench because they have not been paying attention to down ballot candidates——and the Repubs (Koch Bros and their connected funders) have been donating to these down ballot races across the country in some of the most obscure places—-and have been building for the (rt. wing) future for years now. And I have noticed they have been pretty astute at getting attractive candidates to run—-as attractive as Repub candidates can be, which is usually until they open their mouths—-and not just physically attractive but that is part of it in this shallow landscape we find ourselves these days— most -voters are easily influenced, do not pay attention to anything beyond the surface. It just seems that the Dem Party has some work to do, some catching up to do, to keep the Dem Party competitive—-big money aligned against us, need to be much more prepared.

  39. November 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    My fear is the Crats have turned the whitehouse over to the rethugs in 2016…I mean they really really screwed up…and I don’t want the blame falling to this President…he gave them the blueprint…what more does he have to do for them????
    I’m just sick right now about it all…I know,I know, gotta stay positive about a strong turn around!!!
    But right now IT. IS. HARD !!!

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