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We Haven't Won Yet: Part 1

by: DocJess

Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 06:12:10 AM EDT


Back in 2009, I renamed the Republican Party IIE, for Idiots in Exile. I had no idea then what the 2010 elections would bring. Although the economy was a shambles, terrorism was rising, and I had seen Paul Ryan in action at the Cato Institute, I honestly thought we'd beaten them back.

I was wrong in 2009, and I think we should ALL take that lesson to heart.

In February 2010, I posted this quote, and asked you to guess who said it:

"If we fractionalize the Republican Party, we are going to see more liberals elected."  - See more at: http://www.demconwatchblog.com/diary/3206/could-the-tea-bag-party-aid-the-democratic-party#sthash.Gj4qgNKn.dpuf
"If we fractionalize the Republican Party, we are going to see more liberals elected."  - See more at: http://www.demconwatchblog.com/diary/3206/could-the-tea-bag-party-aid-the-democratic-party#sthash.Gj4qgNKn.dpuf

"If we fractionalize the Republican Party, we are going to see more liberals elected."

The quote was from a 2010 candidate, from a very red state, who was well aware of what was happening to his counterpart that year, and was already planning on a way to avoid it happening to him in 2012. Think again about who said it, read the post here, note the prescience, and return to 2013.

To write this post, I took a look back at what we were posting back in 2009, 2010 and 2011 as it related to Republicans, the Teabaggers, the rift in the party, and finally the posts about I-cannot-believe-they-won in November 2010. If you look at the tags for Republicans and IIE, you can get a good sense of things. There was a continual theme that there was a huge rift, and there would eventually be a very public internecine battle, and that the Teabaggers themselves had no actual ideas, only things they were against.

All that came to pass, as we've all watched with rapt attention over the last few weeks. You may think that's the answer: the GOP has imploded, the Teabaggers will splinter off into their own party, we'll pick up a bunch of seats and retake the House and hold the Senate in 2014, and there won't be a Republican president for a generation. Not so fast, we need to learn the lessons of 2010.

Don't get me wrong, the GOP took a HUGE hit, as shown by nationwide polling as well as the two sets of House District polling undertaken by PPP, and funded by MoveOn. But there is something in that PPP data set that is the most telling about how we might NOT get the House next year, and believe it or not, it's the DCCC.

If you've read enough, the Cliff Notes version is that there's an election in Jersey this week for the Senate, and virtually everyone has an election on 5 November 2013. VOTE. Get your friends to vote. Vote for Democratic candidates to make sure the GOP knows how pissed you are. And then commit to working the 2014 elections and vanquish the GOP Senators, Governors, House members and state house and senate members. 

In Part 2, we're going to talk about some of the internal challenges the Democratic Party will face next year, but before we get there, we've got to get through this week. Thoughts on that after the jump.

"If we fractionalize the Republican Party, we are going to see more liberals elected."  - See more at: http://www.demconwatchblog.com/diary/3206/could-the-tea-bag-party-aid-the-democratic-party#sthash.Gj4qgNKn.dpuf
"If we fractionalize the Republican Party, we are going to see more liberals elected."  - See more at: http://www.demconwatchblog.com/diary/3206/could-the-tea-bag-party-aid-the-democratic-party#sthash.Gj4qgNKn.dpuf
DocJess :: We Haven't Won Yet: Part 1

We all know that a small contingent of idiot teabaggers with no understanding of economy, government or science are holding the whole world hostage. We know this because we READ. Then we think. Finally we act.

There are a lot of Republicans who have been around long enough to understand that we must raise the debt ceiling. Surprisingly, no one seems to be talking about how we're the only country with a debt ceiling, and that "the debt ceiling" only means we sell bonds and T-bills. The Democrats in the House and Senate understand it, the President understands it. And there is something to be said about holding fast to cutting a deal where the debt ceiling is raised, the government is reopened, these things are accomplished cleanly, and then there are negotiations about changing the tax code, raising revenues, and ending sequestration.

Hopefully, the Democrats will not overreach for an end to sequestration and much higher budget numbers this week. Overreaching is what killed the Republican Party, and we should learn from that. The Republicans have lost, and the Democratic Party and its elected officials need to be the adults in the room to avoid disaster by Thursday. As I write this, the markets are still a few hours away from opening, and we'll see how angry they are. Fidelity divested of all US government securities last week, we'll see what others do today. 

There is something I find most telling about this shutdown, and it's been missed by every news outlet. They report on the fact that people are protesting at the monuments in DC. But they don't say who is protesting, and why. The people protesting are the far right. They're there because they think that having monuments and keeping them open is all that the US Government does of any value. They miss the point that it's far more important to pay our soldiers, veterans and everyone else who gets a government check then keeping a monument open. Not to mention disaster preparedness, food inspections, medical research, etc., etc., etc. Yes. Really. 

Back in '95-96 when the monuments were closed, what you heard on the local DC news were complaints that the museums were closed. People who'd come to visit were disappointed. Not protesting, just sad. Most of the people protesting at the monuments have never been inside a museum. They see no value in the knowledge gleaned in those sorts of places.

Back in '95-96, people were concerned with Social Security checks, welfare checks, paying workers, overall economic impact. But there was a sense it would all get worked out. There was a difference of opinion, and once again a band of Republican wackos, in that case led by Newt Gingrich, whose puppet-master was Grover Norquist.

This time, the wacko right has no actual leadership. Again like '95-96, they have no ideas other than "no". While I disagreed (then and now) with Newt and Grover, they actually had ideas, and plans to implement them. Sadly, some of them did come to pass, like the "no taxes" pledge. And you can see where that has gotten us. Face it, there has not been a single good Republican idea since Reagan was elected. NOT ONE. If you can come up with one, please leave it in the comments. They've had lots of ideas, but good ones? Let's see: war, implosion of the economic system, denied voting rights, no health care, the war on women, decreasing wages...the list just goes on.

But enough about them. Right now, the Democratic Party has an opportunity to save the world, and we should take it. We should stick to a clean raise in the debt ceiling, a funding of the government at current levels and that's it. Remember, funding the government at current levels is the outgrowth of the sequester capitulation courtesy of our president in 2011. Let it stay for now, get everything open, calm the world markets, and then let's have a real discussion. 

Four hours from now, the markets open in New York. 

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