The optimistic Democrat will look upon the results of this year’s midterms and have a couple of thoughts that will leave them feeling a bit hopeful. The party is hard at work coming up with their excuses for their 2014 Autopsy, but if I know my political opposition, there will be some who hang on to other ideas that will help them sleep better at night, and if any of them read this, I hope I can assist in some way. I am, after all, a helpful soul and one who knows a thing or two about sleeplessness.
Over the weekend, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mary LandrieuSenate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard4% was resoundingly (although predictably) defeated in Louisiana’s Senate run-off, making way for Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Bill CassidyHouse Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard59% to take over her seat in January. If you were to look at the results parish-by-parish, however, you would see that in some areas, Landrieu lost by more than 30%, but other, local Democrats had double-digit wins. The optimistic takeaway here is simple: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mary LandrieuSenate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard4% simply wasn’t liked or trusted. Of course, the outgoing Senator chose to blame the political state of the… well… state on sexism and (in some places, racism), but overall, you could make the argument that the problem was Landrieu, not Democratic policies.
You could say the same for other races, like Iowa. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Bruce BraleyHouse Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard4% had a nice, slimy sheen that shone quite nicely in videos of him insulting the farming populace of the state. Similarly, Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark UdallSenate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% had issues retaining typically Democratic voters by focusing on a single, failing issue. “Surely,” the optimistic Democrat would say, “the problem is the person, not the policy.”
The optimistic Democrat might also point to Barack Obama and declare him a poor example of a truly liberal …read more