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It isn't as if the Republican brand or Republican policies somehow got more popular. They didn't.

This was yet another wave election. The latest in a long string since 2006. It needs to be said again.


Turnout keeps declining in midterm elections as people lose faith in the political process. And the people who do vote, consistently vote for someone to change something. It's entirely likely that people will be fed up with Republicans fighting one another and putting terrible bills on the President's desk and vote again for change in the other direction in 2016--particularly with a larger, more progressive electorate. Not a given, of course, but likely.

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It isn't as if the Republican brand or Republican policies somehow got more popular. They didn't. And the next time around people will probably be saying "well, let's try putting a woman in office and some agreeable politicians and see." But they'll flip again when things don't change. Demography will ultimately doom the current incarnation of the Republican Party, but not before something snaps.

Eventually this will reach a breaking point. It has to. It'll break when some sufficiently large crisis occurs, and one side is fully prepared to use that seething rage for constructive outcomes.

The party that is more ready for that moment will be the one that makes real policy changes. Until then, we'll just keep surfing waves, watching each side crow that Americans have finally "woken up" and "put the adults back in charge" every two years while not a whole lot actually gets done for anybody but the rich.


Let's get ready, then:
MORE:
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/angry-people-are-angry-they-have-right.html

At some point you shout, HELL NO.

Dear Democratic Party Are You Ready To Fight Yet?

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I give credit to President Obama for winning his second term in spite of the Democratic Party; rather than with their extraordinary support.

Do really think they are going to stop and sit around a beer and give you a chance to get up off the floor. Seriously?

The only thing on Republican minds at the moment is 2016 they will do every nasty trick in the book to try and make sure they win the Presidential elections and hold onto the Senate. You have to take the house back as well, how do you propose to do that? By giving the GOP a helping hand in a moment of kumbaya?

You fight back with ideology

You fight back by screaming the house down

You stand up for what you believe in

You don't back down

You make the other side pay dearly for every thing they want.

At some point you shout, HELL NO.

It is not the role of the President of the United States to do this

It is the role of the opposition party.

Are you ready to fight back?

Yah, really

Prove it.



MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/06/1342505/-Dear-Democratic-Party-Are-You-Ready-To-Fight-Yet

Citizens United boss: Supreme Court ruling handed midterm elections to Republicans

Don’t think Citizens United made a difference for the GOP in Tuesday’s midterms? The plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case thinks so.

“Citizens United, our Supreme Court case, leveled the playing field, and we’re very proud of the impact that had in last night’s election,” said David Bossie, chairman of the conservative advocacy organization.

He complained that Democratic lawmakers were trying to “gut the First Amendment” with their proposed constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 ruling, reported Right Wing Watch, which allowed corporations to pour cash into campaigns without disclosing their contributions.


Bossie said this so-called “dark money” was crucial to Republicans gaining control of the U.S. Senate and strengthening their grip on the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Video & more:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/citizens-united-boss-supreme-court-ruling-handed-midterm-elections-to-republicans/

Chicago election judges: We were ‘coerced into voting’ for Republicans, fired for opposing ‘dirty tr

Chicago election judges: We were ‘coerced into voting’ for Republicans, fired for opposing ‘dirty tricks’


Election judges in Chicago said this week that the Republican Party removed them because they objected to being forced to vote for GOP candidates.

Two former Republican committeemen are telling 2 Investigator Pam Zekman they were removed because they objected to those tactics.

Judges of election are appointed by their respective parties and they look at a judge’s primary voting records as part of the vetting process. But in these cases the former committeemen we talked to said that vetting crossed a line when judges were told who they had to vote for in the Tuesdays’ election.

One says it happened at a temporary campaignheadquarters at 8140 S. Western Ave, which we’ve confirmed it was rented by the Republican Party where election judges reported they were falsely told they had to appear for additional training.

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http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/11/05/former-republican-committeemen-claim-election-judges-coerced-into-voting-gop/
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/chicago-election-judges-we-were-coerced-into-voting-for-republicans-fired-for-opposing-dirty-tricks/

So, even the Stoners stayed home...

“So … is anyone voting today?”

It wasn’t as if no one in the room was interested in politics; for an hour they had been arguing over tax, policing, municipal regulation, the difference between Democrats and Republicans, and what the Founding Fathers intended when they wrote the US constitution.

It was just that the patrons of Club Ned were high up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains – 8,420ft above sea level, and way above the clouds. And they said they were not going to vote for anything that didn’t involve marijuana.

The owners, Cheryl Fanelli, 47, and her husband David, 57, have dedicated their lives to politics; campaigning for – and sometimes drafting – more relaxed cannabis laws, an effort that reached its climax in Colorado this year when the legalisation of recreational marijuana came into force…

Yet without a cannabis-related measure (or candidate) in the state on the ballot on Tuesday, neither were prepared to drive the 16 miles down the mountain to Boulder to their nearest polling station.



http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/04/colorado-cannabis-cafe-midterm-election-vote

And then they impeached him for his trouble...

Lesson learned?

by digby

An editorial by the Washington Times:

This morning, Mr. Obama has a choice. He can double down, as his aides have predicted he would. He can come out with guns blazing to implement as much of his agenda as he can with questionable executive orders and continue to shun compromise with Congress. Or he can emulate Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, who, faced with a divided government, succeeded with reasonable compromise.

When Mr. Clinton’s party lost control of Congress in 1994, he lost the ability to set the agenda. Without the Senate or the House, Democrats couldn’t block legislation. Mr. Clinton signed much of what the new Republican Congress sent him, claiming that reforms in welfare and the deficit were his ideas in the first place.


And then they impeached him for his trouble...

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/5/editorial-now-to-lead/
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/lesson-learned.html

excuses, excuses, excuses

What went wrong in 1 chart:


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/exit-polls-2014-electorate-old

This Too Shall Pass – Understand This Deeply

A Thought Provoking Story

Once a king called upon all of his wise men and asked them, ” Is there a mantra or suggestion which works in every situation, in every circumstances, in every place and in every time. In every joy, every sorrow, every defeat and every victory? One answer for all questions? Something which can help me when none of you is available to advise me? Tell me is there any mantra?”

All the wise men were puzzled by the King’s question. They thought and thought. After a lengthy discussion, an old man suggested something which appealed to all of them. They went to the king and gave him something written on paper, with a condition that the king was not to see it out of curiosity.

Only in extreme danger, when the King finds himself alone and there seems to be no way, only then he can see it. The King put the papers under his Diamond ring.

Some time later, the neighbors attacked the Kingdom. King and his army fought bravely but lost the battle. The King had to flee on his horse. The enemies were following him. getting closer and closer. Suddenly the King found himself standing at the end of the road - that road was not going anywhere. Underneath there was a rocky valley thousand feet deep. If he jumped into it, he would be finished…and he could not return because it was a small road…the sound of enemy’s horses was approaching fast. The King became restless. There seemed to be no way.

Then suddenly he saw the Diamond in his ring shining in the sun, and he remembered the message hidden in the ring. He opened the diamond and read the message. The message was – “ THIS TOO SHALL PASS ”

The King read it . Again read it. Suddenly something struck him- Yes ! This too will pass. Only a few days ago, I was enjoying my kingdom. I was the mightiest of all the Kings. Yet today, the Kingdom and all my pleasures have gone. I am here trying to escape from enemies. Like those days of luxuries have gone, this day of danger too will pass. A calm came on his face. He kept standing there. The place where he was standing was full of natural beauty. He had never known that such a beautiful place was also a part of his Kingdom.

The revelation of the message had a great effect on him. He relaxed and forgot about those following him. After a few minutes he realized that the noise of the horses and the enemy coming was receding. They moved into some other part of the mountains and were nowhere near him.

The King was very brave. He reorganized his army and fought again. He defeated the enemy and regained his empire. When he returned to his empire after victory, he was received with much fanfare. The whole capital was rejoicing in the victory.

Everyone was in a festive mood. Flowers were being showered on King from every house, from every corner. People were dancing and singing. For a moment King said to himself, “ I am one of the bravest and greatest King. It is not easy to defeat me. With all the reception and celebration he saw an ego emerging in him. ”

Suddenly the Diamond of his ring flashed in the sunlight and reminded him of the message. He open it and read it again: “ THIS TOO SHALL PASS ”.

He became silent. His face went through a total change - from the egoist he moved to a state of utter humbleness. If this too is going to pass, it is not yours. The defeat was not yours, the victory is not yours. You are just a watcher. Everything passes by. We are witnesses of all this. We are the perceivers. Life comes and goes. Happiness comes and goes. Sorrow comes and goes.

Now as you have read this story, just sit silently and evaluate your own life. This too will pass. Think of the moments of joy and victory in your life. Think of the moment of Sorrow and defeat. Are they permanent ? They all come and pass away.

Life just passes away. There is nothing permanent in this world. Every thing changes except the law of change. Think over it from your own perspective. You have seen all the changes. You have survived all setbacks, all defeats and all sorrows. All have passed away. The problems in the present, they too will pass away. Because nothing remains forever. Joy and sorrow are the two faces of the same coin. They both will pass away.

You are just a witness of change. Experience it, understand it, and enjoy the present moment - this too shall pass

attribution http://www.citehr.com/346028-too-shall-pass-thought-provoking-story.html#ixzz3IDTLdvDs

I think The Onion said it best:

This "wave" is status quo, not change.

Republicans Poised To Retain Control Of Senate

WASHINGTON—With precincts reporting GOP victories in key midterm election races nationwide, Beltway sources confirmed Tuesday that the Republican Party is poised to retain its complete control of the U.S. Senate. “If current polling projections are accurate, it appears as if Republican lawmakers will hold on to power in the Senate chamber and will continue to steer the legislative agenda with little resistance,” political analyst Michael Barone told reporters, noting that the likely election results will preserve the GOP’s singular authority over the direction of the Senate, allowing Republicans to go on stymieing judicial appointments, derailing or neutering any legislation they oppose, and obstructing President Obama at every turn. “With the Senate still firmly under their control, Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues will persist in refusing to cede an inch of political leverage to their Democratic rivals and will continue blocking Democratic initiatives just as they have been. Yet again, the GOP is in prime position to carry on dictating the course of the upper house of Congress.” Barone went on to say that Republicans would finally relinquish control of the Senate only when Democrats captured the 100 seats they require to govern.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/republicans-poised-to-retain-control-of-senate,37366/
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/waves-thumpin-history-maker-shellackin.html
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