For John, BLUF: November will be a real test for the GOP. Nothing to see here; just move along.
A friend of mine, on Monday evening, assured me that the Republicans can go nowhere in November, given that their only voting demographic is old Caucasian males.♠ Based upon his analysis, I am assuming that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be the Speaker again in January 2015.♥
On the other hand, Mr Bill Press, former Chairman of the California Democratic Party (1993 to 1996), sees some problems. Of course there is the Koch Brothers, but number one, in the mind of Mr Press, at least in his article in The Hill, is the Pogo insight, "We have met the enemy—and he is us." That is to say, the Democrats are their own worst enemy.
Here’s the problem: Too many Democrats, and too many members of the media, are spending too much time talking and scheming about 2016.I wonder if the way Mr Press connects the Democrats and the Media suggests he thinks they are one in the same?
Here is how he sums it up.
For Democrats, there’s too much at stake in 2014 to be worrying about 2016 now. With 36 Senate seats on the line, a shift of only six seats would mean loss of control for Democrats. In the House, Democrats need only 17 seats to get back in power. Among the 36 governorships up this year, with reapportionment on the line, Democrats have excellent prospects in Maine, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, among other states. But those opportunities could be lost with so much energy going into 2016.My "German" friend thinks the current social and economic issues will deny Republics all but a handful of voters. Mr Bill Press seems to think the Democrats will miss the 2014 election by focusing on 2016. Which is it?
Regards — Cliff
♠ Actually, he used an unworthy racist term, but I am putting it down to ignorance.
♥ Of course that will mean more occult legislation that the Democratic Congress will have to pass before mere citizens can know what it says.