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Why the 2014 midterms could be unlike any other
news.yahoo.com ^ | 2/9/14 | Taegan Goddard

Posted on 02/10/2014 5:42:52 PM PST by cotton1706

In a new episode of Political Wire's podcast, we spoke with Celinda Lake, the Democratic pollster for the George Washington University Battleground Poll. Lake shared her insights with us on the mood of the electorate and Democrats' turnout challenges as the 2014 midterms approach.

Here are four takeaways:

1. We're in unfamiliar territory when it comes to voters' frustrations with government and the economy: The last time Americans felt this sour about their government was during the Watergate scandal, Lake said. Americans are fed up with both parties, and their frustration with Congress has gotten to the point where voters are even souring to some extent on their own representatives in Congress. "They're not ready to fire their guy yet, but they've definitely put their guy on notice," Lake said. But unlike during the Watergate era, Lake said, right now voters are also strongly frustrated with the state of the economy. And this time voters' disgust with government stems not from corruption scandals but from a perception that government is highly polarized and can't get anything done: "It's really hard to imagine, 'Where does this end, where does this come out?'"

SEE ALSO: The scandals swirling around Chris Christie aren't going away anytime soon

2. Democrats need to talk more about jobs. Their focus on the minimum wage isn't a jobs platform: Yes, raising the minimum wage, which many Democrats have proposed as a way to tackle income inequality, polls well with voters. It even gets support from half of Republicans, Lake said. But she cautions: "I think the winning prescription is actually something that Democrats don't talk about right now, and that's jobs." Voters care even more about jobs, she suggested;

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
Panic setting in!
1 posted on 02/10/2014 5:42:52 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

This is why we need a slew of conservative candidates! So we can sweep them into power. Just as Obama swept in a slew of hard left liberals in 2008.


2 posted on 02/10/2014 5:44:15 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

I’ve already detected the smell of massive voter fraud from the ‘RATS.


3 posted on 02/10/2014 5:44:23 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: cotton1706

Dems don’t panic.
They unleash their MSM journ-0-lists on unsuspecting Republicans, fund libertarians, and win with a Clintonian plurality.
At least that’s the plan for 2014.


4 posted on 02/10/2014 5:50:50 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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Primary the RINOs — Do it!!!

5 posted on 02/10/2014 5:52:48 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: cotton1706

It could be the most important election of our lifetimes...no, wait - that was 2012.


6 posted on 02/10/2014 5:55:26 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Democrats can’t really steal any House seats, but they have no intention of letting Republicans take the Senate no matter how many boxes of ballots they have to “find”.


7 posted on 02/10/2014 5:59:56 PM PST by digger48
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To: cotton1706
All told, "I think you can expect a much whiter, older electorate in 2014 than you had in 2012 for sure."

Still the same old racist, ageist garbage from a True Believer who is apparently too thick to realize that "more jobs" and "raise the minimum wage" are opposing goals. Nevertheless, this one is merely a tactician, not a policy wonk in Beltway terminology. Her objective is whatever polls well, whatever confers power, not what is done with that power.

Nevertheless, there is in this the seed of winning tactics: take a loss in '14, scream from Day One that anything unpleasant is to be laid at the feet of their opposition - the lickspittle media will be happy to oblige - and hope for a resurgence in 2016 under the progressive darling of the moment: Hillary as of this writing but these enthusiasms tend to be fickle and ephemeral within the ruling class, as Hillary can bitterly attest. But it's all right. They'll tell us who we'll vote for by and by.

8 posted on 02/10/2014 6:02:49 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: cotton1706

Oh GOOD GRIEF, can we stop hearing about Watergate as the benchmark for all government lows?!? There’s not a scintilla about Watergate that even comes close to the illegalities of this administration. It’s like comparing kindergarteners grabbing away your toys with urban yutes playing the knockout game.


9 posted on 02/10/2014 6:03:21 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: cotton1706

“This is why we need a slew of conservative candidates!”

Too late. Many of the filing deadlines are past and most of the others are really close. Almost all the primaries are over by June 15. There is 4 months left.

You don’t just wake up one morning and decide you will be the congressperson in your district.

It takes about 6 months preparation minimum and more like a year or two.


10 posted on 02/10/2014 6:06:09 PM PST by staytrue
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To: bigbob

“It could be the most important election of our lifetimes...no, wait - that was 2012.”

My opinion was that 2012 was the most important election and America lost.


11 posted on 02/10/2014 6:07:22 PM PST by staytrue
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To: cotton1706

If there isn’t a wholesale flush of the political pipes in this country in 2014 I will probably be unable to maintain any long-term hope for this nation. That’s my failing but I’ll bet I’m not alone.


12 posted on 02/10/2014 6:07:55 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Gene Eric

The public is against every Obama policy but the GOP isn’t going after this guy on the issues because they don’t want to be called RACIST.

GOP should bring up his lack of shovel ready jobs after not listening to GOP in Job program.

And for heavens sake stop letting him lower the UE number by not counting the 26 million Americans who are Unemployed.
The GOP has to spend money to educate the People that there are 1.7 more people out of work than when Obama took office.
Bush is perceived as still being more responsible than Obama for the economy after 6 years in office.

Spend the money, start with the economy and Obamacare.
Next show the young people its Obama’s fault half of you can’t get your first post college job. Its demonstrably not the fault of the GOP.

Energy independence, repatriation of 1.5 trillion incorporate profits held overseas, and lowering Corporate taxes and reducing regulations on small to medium sized businesses would help them hire people. Obamacare is also going to drag the economy and nobody wants to add full time workers to payrolls while Obamacare is changed every day and is unpredictable.


13 posted on 02/10/2014 6:08:01 PM PST by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: bigbob

It could be the most important election of our lifetimes...no, wait - that was 2012.


‘16 is the next big one because the GOP has signaled they have no intention of being an engaged opposition party with the kenyan in the WH.

‘14 is just all a lot of hot air for political junkies. It will matter little in the end. The House seems safe for the GOP. A Senate GOP majority that includes several progressive Republicans won’t change how the kenyan operates one bit. The Dems will just peel off a few votes from the large progressive wing of the GOP bench and get nearly all of what they want in the end.


14 posted on 02/10/2014 6:10:43 PM PST by lodi90
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To: staytrue

“Too late.”

Well, if we start toppling dominoes three weeks from tomorrow, we can at least get a more conservative senate. Stovall or Stockman instead of Cornyn, then Bevin instead of McConnell, Bright instead of Graham, McDaniel instead of Cochran, Carr instead of Alexander and Wolf instead of Roberts. Add in Ben Sasse in NE and Greg Brannon in NC, that’s eight new conservatives in the senate.


15 posted on 02/10/2014 6:13:04 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

We need more ‘lookers’ of the female variety. Won’t happen.


16 posted on 02/10/2014 6:17:10 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: muir_redwoods

You are not alone in that belief


17 posted on 02/10/2014 6:24:27 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: cotton1706
The socialist won't be pulling their fat out of the fire that is coming in November, hell, a team of horses couldn't pull their asses out of the fire that is coming. the Tea Party will make 2014 midterms look like a blood bath never before seen in political history, where the socialist are removed all the way down to dog catcher along with their cohort RINO’s.

Time for a clean sweep and the socialist are now just understanding to what extent they are about to be set back into the wilderness and back under the rock they crawled out from!

18 posted on 02/10/2014 6:27:41 PM PST by PotatoChop (Respect is earned, not demanded by this out of control socialist government!)
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To: Zenjitsuman

You’re right.


19 posted on 02/10/2014 6:36:08 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: cotton1706

Actually, the last time this really happened was back in the early 19 hundreds when the muckrakers got going and all that. That is when the progressives gained power through with TR.


20 posted on 02/10/2014 6:57:39 PM PST by crz
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To: lodi90

I dislike your political sagacity, because you are most likely correct. :(


21 posted on 02/10/2014 7:03:33 PM PST by jimmyray
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To: cotton1706; All
Thank you for referencing that article cotton1706. Please bear in mind that the following critique is directed against the author of the article and not at you.

I'm surprised that the author of the article did not reference the constitutional clause indicated below which can possibly be a major turning point after the 2014 elections. If patriots can wake up and elect a 2/3 conservative majority to each House of Congress in the 2014 elections, then Congress will be positioned as follows.

Congress will have the power, under the Constitution's Clause 2 of Section 7 of Article I, to override presidential vetoes. This means that Congress will be able to repeal unconstitutional Obamacare Democratcare, for example, without Obama's signature.

The page at the following link has a table indicating the history of presidential vetoes, including Clause 2 veto overrides, Congress using that clause as recently as Bush 41 & 43, and also Clinton.

List of United States presidential vetoes

22 posted on 02/10/2014 7:10:44 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: cotton1706; randita; InterceptPoint; AuH2ORepublican; LS

Tsunami Alert


23 posted on 02/10/2014 8:11:33 PM PST by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Nuh uh, Katrina Pierson in TX32


24 posted on 02/10/2014 8:14:12 PM PST by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: cotton1706

Nothing will ever top 1994. Elections are too controlled by money now. Democrats can basically buy state-wide elections like the Senate. Urban precincts just overwhelm everyone else.


25 posted on 02/10/2014 8:16:53 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: bigbob
>> It could be the most important election of our lifetimes...no, wait - that was 2012. <<

Every election I've voted in since 2000 has been dubbed 'the most important election of our lifetime'

26 posted on 02/10/2014 8:36:05 PM PST by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: BillyBoy

The upcoming election is always the most important one in our lives, because it is the one upon which we can have an effect. If you abandon the playing field, you cannot influence the game. It is as simple as that. Good, bad or indifferent, do not relinquish your civic duties and responsibilities.


27 posted on 02/10/2014 9:25:35 PM PST by gspurlock (http://www.backyardfence.wordpress.com)
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To: bigbob
It could be the most important election of our lifetimes...no, wait - that was 2012.

Yes, and voter fraud negated most of our votes where it mattered.............

28 posted on 02/10/2014 9:51:06 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: cotton1706
something that Democrats don't talk about right now, and that's jobs

It's better than that. The Democrats are actually talking about killing jobs as "freeing people from job lock" as if killing jobs is something to spin as a good thing.

29 posted on 02/11/2014 2:31:36 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: cotton1706

When all is said and done, a real likielihood is that nothing much will happen at all in 2014. 2013 was surely no precusor for conservatism in 2014.


30 posted on 02/11/2014 6:33:48 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: cotton1706

I’m afraid the Republican primary voters are either too cowardly or too uninformed to make the changes we endorse. After all, Texans hear on ads that Cornball is the “second most conservative in the Senate”. The ad doesn’t say who is the “first”.


31 posted on 02/11/2014 6:35:16 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: CPT Clay

But isn’t Irving, TX, moving to the left?


32 posted on 02/11/2014 6:36:36 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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