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How to Lose an Election - The Off-Monday Ramble Episode 21 
Monday, November 10th, 2014 | 03:57 pm (UTC)
Holy hell, I have yet to hear anyone assess this election as clearly as you have. You're absolutely right, the biggest problem is people who chose not to vote. A 36.6% turnout rate doesn't get to complain.

You fault the Democrats for running from their successes, and while that's true, let's also look at why they run: because even the Democrats' alleged support base attacks the Democrats when they try to tout success. The ACA is a tremendous victory for the Democrats and for Americans, but visit any liberal site and try to talk it up; all you'll hear is that the ACA was a big sellout, and if the Democrats weren't in the pocket of the insurance industry we'd all have single payer by now. Nobody loves trashing the Democrats more than the Left; not even the Teabaggers do so with such passion. That makes it difficult, and perhaps functionally impossible, for Democrats to rally their base.

Lest anyone claim that "Progressives" want to vote but the Democrats turn them away, I direct your attention to 2012's North Carolina Amendment 12. That made all the news, people tweeted angrily about it, it was an amendment to double down on denying the LGBT equal rights. It was about as progressive an issue as "Progressives" could hope for, and it didn't involve Obama or the other Democrats, just the question of whether the LGBT community deserves equal rights. Over 2/3 of "Progressives" stayed home when they could have cast their votes for equality. They are not a demographic that wants to vote but can't find a worthy candidate; they are a demographic that wants excuses not to vote.

"Go vote", yes. If the Left took voting seriously, we'd dominate the House in two years, the states in four years, and the Senate in six years.
Monday, November 10th, 2014 | 04:26 pm (UTC)
Excuse me, NC Amendment 1 in '12, not Amendment 12.
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