Monday, November 3, 2014

Howard Dean Was Right

Did you know that there are at least ten Senate races that are still too close to call? And that Election Day is tomorrow?

How'd that sneak up on everyone?

How is it that this race isn't a referendum on race relations? It should be. The Republican Party has coddled racism since the First Inaugural. Why do they support policies that blatantly keep minorities from voting? Why do they believe in rewarding people who question the birthplace and religion of the President of the United States? Why do they support policies that cripple our economy through obstructionism in the Congress? They should be answering those questions every day.

Nate Silver believes that the Senate will flip Republican, and I wouldn't be surprised to see that happen. It is very hard to unseat incumbents, but it's even harder to elect a Democrat in a Red State. We are, effectively, looking at a terrible Senate cycle and that's what gets almost no coverage. The Senate map this year makes it almost impossible for Democrats to hold the Senate by winning in Republican-controlled states that went for Romney and McCain the last time around (North Carolina being the exception, among others).

Presidents always take a beating in mid-term elections--that's nothing new. But when you add in the crappiness of the map we're looking at and the inability of the media to properly identify craziness, well, you end up with Ted Cruz making threats BEFORE he's won anything.

In a last-minute gift to Democrats on the eve of the midterm elections, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has announced his plan to push for Senate Republicans to declare a rightist war against Democrats if the GOP wins control of the Senate. Set aside the campaign pitches of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Colorado Senate candidate Rep. Cory Gardner (R), Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R), Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue and Alaska GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, who promise to end gridlock in Washington and govern for "all of the people." Cruz says they are all wrong. Cruz wants a political war against Democrats. Cruz is the real voice of what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate.

Oh, that's comforting.But this is all posturing. Ted Cruz doesn't care about governance. He cares about television appearances and the money that rolls in when he does something stupid that costs someone else politically or otherwise. He should be the face of the Republican Party right now. The Democrats ran on what this time? Not sucking? Being not that friendly with Obama?

Senator Michal Bennet was handed the stink bomb of 2014 and so I look forward to people blaming him (well, I would but he is a non-presence in the race and nobody knows who he is). I would fire the head of the DNC and get rid of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and I would go back to a 50 state strategy (or a 48 state strategy and just write off Mississippi and Alabama).

The title of this post says it all. Howard Dean was right and he paid the price for it. He was destroyed by Rahm Emanuel for being right about everything that has gone wrong in this country. We should ask Dean to come back and run things. We won't, but we should. Maybe, after tomorrow, we make the next race about how these people are incapable of governing and are besotted with lunatics.

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