How does it feel to lose an election? How does it feel to wake up that Wednesday morning, knowing that nothing in government will be the same as it was Tuesday night? This is a lesson that Republicans and Democrats have taken turns relearning throughout the history of their parties, and this November, the Democrats will most likely learn that lesson again. What did the Democrats do wrong? Certainly, it was not electing President Barack Obama, no matter how much the GOP would like to say that is so. What the Democrats need to understand is that letting your opponent define you, defeats you. From the Republicans’ hijacking of the infamous term “liberal”, to the tax and spend lies their side spews about the President's party, the Democrats have failed to refute these claims effectively. Perhaps if they “manned up”, as the female, Tea Party candidates have put it, they would be able to effectively fight the conservative machine that is sadistically pouring salt on the wounds of the Democrats. What the Democratic Party needs, is more motivation. They need a reason to care. If every registered Democrat in the country voted on election night, the Democrats would win nearly every seat that is up for grabs. The key is, and will always be, voter turn out. With the prospect of a "President Obama", before his historic election, came a sense of hopeful enthusiasm that the Democratic Party is lacking in this election. The Republicans have capitalized on the catharsis that has marinated in the tea bags of the Tea Party, which is why the enthusiasm gap between the two major parties is so large. My prediction on the future of the two major parties is one that is graspable and extremely plausible; Democrats lose big in 2010, Republicans lose epically in 2012. How so? The pathway to a GOP victory on Tuesday has been explained to exhaustion, but what about 2012? What will end up happening, is that the Republicans will win back the House on Tuesday and make significant gains in the Senate, if not win it back all together. What still stands in their way is President Obama. He can save the Democratic Party, if it lets him. The GOP will use their newly found power to shut down the government. They will not work to create, but to repeal. They want to fundamentally change the role of government, which they believe is doing nothing. They will end up facilitation a chaotic congress that will be extremely transparent to the American people, who will remember in 2012. They will destroy congress to the point where the Democrats will not only win it back in 2012, but could even win back TWICE as many seats as they lost in 2010. They will have the “do nothing congress” to correct, just like they did in 2006, and 2008, only in 2012, President Obama’s reelection will hang over the heads of every hesitant Democrat, and ensure another high voter turn out, similar to what was seen in 2008. The only thought funnier than the prospect of a GOP victory over the president in 2012, is thinking about WHO the GOP will run that year. Who are their main candidates at the moment?
*Some Tea Partier Somewhere Over the Rainbow*
The point is that none of the candidates will be able to defeat the president in a general election. They’re either extreme, not qualified, have too much baggage, cannot survive a Republican primary, or a combination of these. This should reassure Democrats. The Republicans, as we know them, better enjoy the control they will probably get after this election, because this can very well be the last time the GOP has as much power as it will have. Until then, Democrats will have to bite the bullet of a Republican controlled House of Representatives. However, we will respond with three words, words that resonated in the hopefulness of this nation’s past, president, and future...
Yes We Can!