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despite the numbers in the open US Senate seats, here's how the Democrats could reap big rewards in the up and coming Mid-Term elections.

 

Climate change is more than real, hot weather, big storms and fires that burn uncontrollably - Puerto Rico is part of the US.

Anxieties regarding gun laws/ the current state of our prisons / black lives matter, the truth.

Yes, it is about turn out. You need big time turn out. 

What about deficits, what about the recent tax giveaway for the rich - it is obviously going to cause higher deficits, and meanwhile -

what about the rate of wage increase - take a good look at wage growth, show some factual graphs - no it ain't about robots and better technology

in the last twenty years where trade deficits ballooned, and inequality did as well.

Meanwhile, our infrastructure is ridiculously outdated. Why not spend the billions on fixing that instead of making rich people more richer?

It might even create a few jobs - and wouldn't that make the robots come out of the shadow, finally...

Talk about - the Gilded Age more - sure, they were different times when kids worked long hours under unsafe conditions, And robber barons were not taxed

in the least.

Talk about foreign policy / talk about how we have allowed corporate interest since WWII to drive policy/ and where has that gotten us/ is a very good question 

indeed.

So, let's talk about Congressional investigations, investigations into freedom of speech regarding how the IRS determines 501(c)(3) organizational status, 

And tell me about Citizens United, and what it actually means...

 

Do you want to resolve SS, is that something that could be fixed?

I know Lebron James did a great great thing regarding the creation of a school that makes a promise, could that be an idea the federal government itself

should look into, is there something there that makes any sense to you?

 

As Bernie Sanders is famous for underlining, it's about turnout in any election. You get the most turnout in any election and you win. Not, you get the least

turnout in any election, and then you win.

 

Actually, unfortunately it's both. It could go either way. We know this.

 

You know this. They all know this. Israel, the Russians, the Republicans, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, etc ...

 

Peace!

 

 

 

 

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Full legalization of cannibas would get the young vote and new federally mandated laws for internal investigation to be done by separate agencies for minorities, police need accountability from outside the department.

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If the polls in the Ohio special election are to be believed, Democrats have an excellent chance of taking the House in 2018 and a fair shotat the Senate. Ohio 12th is a solid Republican district but the candidates are running neck and neck. Democrat Danny O’Connor is polling 10% higher than he would have in prior years. 

 

Anything other than a double digit win for Republican Troy Balderson would be a good sign for the Democrats. 


A win for Democrat Danny O'Connor would be a sign that a blue wave is coming in November. 

 

Enthusiasm is going to make all the difference. 

 

 

 

 

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On 8/5/2018 at 2:28 PM, Olivaw said:

If the polls in the Ohio special election are to be believed, Democrats have an excellent chance of taking the House in 2018 and a fair shotat the Senate. Ohio 12th is a solid Republican district but the candidates are running neck and neck. Democrat Danny O’Connor is polling 10% higher than he would have in prior years. 

 

Anything other than a double digit win for Republican Troy Balderson would be a good sign for the Democrats. 


A win for Democrat Danny O'Connor would be a sign that a blue wave is coming in November. 

 

Enthusiasm is going to make all the difference. 

Most of Dem votes came from Franklin county which means more city folks turned out to vote.  Rural counties were overwhelmingly red.

 

I know a farmer in OH and he said he doesn't understand all the hostility towards Trump; he seems to be doing ok.  The pain is needed to be much worse to flip those guys.

 

The Dem strategy is not to flip the reds, but to get voters who do not vote to vote.

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1 hour ago, Bluenami said:

Most of Dem votes came from Franklin county which means more city folks turned out to vote.  Rural counties were overwhelmingly red.

 

I know a farmer in OH and he said he doesn't understand all the hostility towards Trump; he seems to be doing ok.  The pain is needed to be much worse to flip those guys.

 

The Dem strategy is not to flip the reds, but to get voters who do not vote to vote.

 

The Democrats won back many white suburban voters in Franklin County. It was almost enough to turn a red district blue. 

 

It was a good day for the moderates. It was not a good day for the socialist wing of the Democratic Party. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/08/08/democratic-socialism-sanders-ocasio-cortez-2018-primary-results-219161

 

 

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5 hours ago, Olivaw said:

 

It's not so convincing.

 

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez tried to catapult the young and brash newcomer Abdul El-Sayed, who trailed in polls, endorsements and money to former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer. They could only nudge him up to second place, with 30 percent of the vote.

 

Abdul El-Sayed?  That name?  Seriously?

 

Her late robocall in support of Haley Stevens helped take Stevens from second place in polls to an election night victory in the suburban 11th District, a top Democratic target, while Fayrouz Saad, backed by Ocasio-Cortez, placed fourth.

 

Fayrouz Saad?

 

She’s a lesbian Native American, professional mixed-martial-arts fighter and former Obama White House fellow. But Davids exhibited a bit too much of an incrementalist streak for some progressives, arguing that single-payer health insurance is not realistic in the short term and supporting free community college instead of promising to make all college debt-free. Negating the stereotype that the far left puts “identity politics” above all, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez backed the white guy.

 

A lesbian native female MMA fighter against a white dude?  Voters probably thought the lesbian MMA chick was the progressive.

 

I can't gauge anything with these aberrations.

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3 hours ago, Bluenami said:

It's not so convincing.

 

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez tried to catapult the young and brash newcomer Abdul El-Sayed, who trailed in polls, endorsements and money to former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer. They could only nudge him up to second place, with 30 percent of the vote.

 

Abdul El-Sayed?  That name?  Seriously?

Abdul El-Sayed is a great young candidate.  His name is irrelevant.  He's a Michigan-born son of Egyptian immigrants and is really bright and enthsiastic.  His "pet" issue is healthcare which is why he caught my eye initially.  I'm a lifelong advocate of single payer healthcare and this guy could be a huge factor in getting that done one day.

 

Unfortunately El-Sayed lost to a more experienced and better known opponent with more money (sadly, it comes down to that).  But he'll be back again, and I will support him.  :)

 

https://www.newsweek.com/abdul-el-sayed-bernie-sanders-muslim-malcolm-x-1060639

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9 hours ago, Olivaw said:

 

The Democrats won back many white suburban voters in Franklin County. It was almost enough to turn a red district blue. 

 

It was a good day for the moderates. It was not a good day for the socialist wing of the Democratic Party. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/08/08/democratic-socialism-sanders-ocasio-cortez-2018-primary-results-219161

 

 

 

The author of that opinion piece (Bill Scher) is a long time critic of progressive politics, and supporter of corporate influence.
Here is a quote from another of his opinions..

 

"My argument that liberals should bargain with corporations. My New York Times opinion piece “How Liberals Win,” is not terribly populist. And I expected people on the populist left would not readily accept it. I wasn’t expecting conservatives to use my piece as an opportunity to claim the populist mantle for themselves."


Here's another of his articles...

 

There's Money In Politics. Get Over It.

Yes, the leftmost candidate did not win in Michigan, but Gretchen Whitmer is not what I would call moderate.
She ran on a platform that is pretty far to the left, and much further than moderate Democrats were willing to go just a few years ago.

  • Medicaid Expansion: Whitmer served as the Michigan Senate’s Democratic leader during the 2013 battle to expand Medicaid.
  • Minimum Wage: Whitmer supports a $15-an-hour minimum wage. She also wants to repeal a so-called “right-to-work” law passed by the Republican legislature to undermine unions.
  •  Marijuana Legalization: Whitmer wants to legalize marijuana for recreational use — a position she touted at Ann Arbor’s annual “Hash Bash.”
  •  LGBTQ Rights: Whitmer’s campaign touts her efforts to “expand our civil rights laws to include people of all genders, identities, and sexual orientations.”
  •  Universal Preschool: Whitmer also promises to “create our state’s first ever universal preschool program.”
  •  Reproductive Justice: Whitmer is proudly pro-choice, calling on the state to repeal its 1931 ban on abortions before Republicans on the Supreme Court overrule Roe v. Wade, and to restore funding Republicans cut to Planned Parenthood. She also supports teaching a “‘Yes Means Yes’ consent curriculum” in public school sex-education classes.

 

Again, Whitmer was not as far to the left as El-Sayed, who proposed a localized single-payer health plan, but Whitmer’s campaign is a testament to the success of progressive activists who’ve worked to shift the Democratic Party to the left for years.

 

I am pleased that she won the primary.  She is progressive enough for me.

It was not the Progressive vs Corporate battle that Bill Scher is determined to characterize.

 

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14 hours ago, RollingRock said:

Abdul El-Sayed is a great young candidate.  His name is irrelevant.  He's a Michigan-born son of Egyptian immigrants and is really bright and enthsiastic.  His "pet" issue is healthcare which is why he caught my eye initially.  I'm a lifelong advocate of single payer healthcare and this guy could be a huge factor in getting that done one day.

 

Unfortunately El-Sayed lost to a more experienced and better known opponent with more money (sadly, it comes down to that).  But he'll be back again, and I will support him.  :)

 

https://www.newsweek.com/abdul-el-sayed-bernie-sanders-muslim-malcolm-x-1060639

Yeah he may be great, but unfortunately his name elicits too much stereotyping for such population.  Overcoming that is too much to ask of the people at this stage in our cultural evolution.  Baby steps!

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12 hours ago, ExPDXer said:

 

The author of that opinion piece (Bill Scher) is a long time critic of progressive politics, and supporter of corporate influence.
Here is a quote from another of his opinions..

 

 

That's interesting.  Thanks for posting!

 

So, why do you think he is against progressivism?  Really, why would anyone be?

 

They say "We can't afford it!"

 

That seems negative.  Shouldn't we be open new ideas rather than blanketly proclaiming the impossibility?  In other words, shouldn't everyone "prefer" that progressivism could work?  There is a deeper psychological phenomenon at play.

 

And really, it seems a matter of science to simply establish benefits of redistributive taxes by virtue of mathematics.  This is something that can be empirically proved!  So why isn't it regarded as truth?

 

If the problem is the wealth divide, the solution seems glaringly simple.

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On 8/5/2018 at 8:38 AM, fourputt said:

Full legalization of cannibas would get the young vote and new federally mandated laws for internal investigation to be done by separate agencies for minorities, police need accountability from outside the department.

 

Legalize cannabis? Hell, I'd vote for potin for that (just kidding)!

 

Oops, the first two letters of that name are PU.

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10 minutes ago, Bluenami said:

 

 

 

And really, it seems a matter of science to simply establish benefits of redistributive taxes by virtue of mathematics.  This is something that can be empirically proved!  So why isn't it regarded as truth?

 

 

 

Follow the money and you'll find out. But I'm sure you already knew that:

Money talks and BS walks.

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4 minutes ago, TDS said:

 

Follow the money and you'll find out. But I'm sure you already knew that:

Money talks and BS walks.

Sad but true.

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8 hours ago, Bluenami said:

Yeah he may be great, but unfortunately his name elicits too much stereotyping for such population.  Overcoming that is too much to ask of the people at this stage in our cultural evolution.  Baby steps!

I'd like to think that's not true.  :(  But seeing the bigotry and hatred even voiced on this site is both disheartening and alarming.  Living in an extremely progressive area of the country, I refuse to accept that some days.  

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18 hours ago, RollingRock said:

I'd like to think that's not true.  :(  But seeing the bigotry and hatred even voiced on this site is both disheartening and alarming.  Living in an extremely progressive area of the country, I refuse to accept that some days.  

 

Check this out.  "I wasn't ready for a woman president".  

 

 

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2 hours ago, Bluenami said:

 

Check this out.  "I wasn't ready for a woman president".  

 

 

These people just don't get it, they are blue collar working people who vote for people that believe in "right to work" state law. The husband is a Mason  and can only make $11.00 an hour?!? locally. And no medical for his wife, this is the sort of blind stupidity Trump preys on and he even says it in public. I see people travel as far way as Texas to work in California and then go home because the wages are 30% to 40% higher and I'm not even talking union yet, I have talked to people who made maybe 25% of what a union tradesman would make doing the same type of work in much worse conditions. The next slogan for the democratic party really ought to be " WAKE THE FUGK UP AMERICA".

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4 hours ago, fourputt said:

These people just don't get it, they are blue collar working people who vote for people that believe in "right to work" state law. The husband is a Mason  and can only make $11.00 an hour?!? locally. And no medical for his wife, this is the sort of blind stupidity Trump preys on and he even says it in public. I see people travel as far way as Texas to work in California and then go home because the wages are 30% to 40% higher and I'm not even talking union yet, I have talked to people who made maybe 25% of what a union tradesman would make doing the same type of work in much worse conditions. The next slogan for the democratic party really ought to be " WAKE THE FUGK UP AMERICA".

Yeah that's a good slogan lol

 

Like the guy in the video says "The way I see it, he is a normal person like myself, not a politician.  He don't talk like a politician."  Voters identify with Trump basically because he's stupid and inarticulate.

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On 8/9/2018 at 9:33 PM, Bluenami said:

 

That's interesting.  Thanks for posting!

 

So, why do you think he is against progressivism?  Really, why would anyone be?

 

They say "We can't afford it!"

 

That seems negative.  Shouldn't we be open new ideas rather than blanketly proclaiming the impossibility?  In other words, shouldn't everyone "prefer" that progressivism could work?  There is a deeper psychological phenomenon at play.

 

And really, it seems a matter of science to simply establish benefits of redistributive taxes by virtue of mathematics.  This is something that can be empirically proved!  So why isn't it regarded as truth?

 

If the problem is the wealth divide, the solution seems glaringly simple.

It has to do with the reasons behind wealth divide. CEO pay is problematic in many ways.

 

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14 hours ago, fourputt said:

These people just don't get it, they are blue collar working people who vote for people that believe in "right to work" state law. The husband is a Mason  and can only make $11.00 an hour?!? locally. And no medical for his wife, this is the sort of blind stupidity Trump preys on and he even says it in public. I see people travel as far way as Texas to work in California and then go home because the wages are 30% to 40% higher and I'm not even talking union yet, I have talked to people who made maybe 25% of what a union tradesman would make doing the same type of work in much worse conditions. The next slogan for the democratic party really ought to be " WAKE THE FUGK UP AMERICA".

community pride is critical. We all say that climate change is bad, but what can I do? I know I have said that many times to myself. What if I did take the time think about ways to make my home more energy efficient, to reduce the waste in plastic packaging, or to collect rain water to use to water my yard, would that make a dent? The answer is it wouldn't do much if I did this myself. I need to get involved with my neighbors so that I can also show them how they can do the same. Of course this is only a small start, but it is a big big one. This puts you on a path where you begin to see why your vote is so important. This gets you asking questions from your local congress person about how the federal government should be stepping up. 

 

People need jobs and healthcare. And they need reliance, call it faith, in the people they elect. The person who chooses to run for office needs to be in it for the right reasons. We need to help those kind of people remove big money from political campaigns, and we also need to hold them responsible to their pledges.

 

Peace!

 

 

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