Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Party's Been Over

I think I'm just going to assume that the Democrats will lose the Senate in November and prepare myself as I would for any frustrating event I've endured over the past few years. That way, if they do eke out a win or tie, then it will be that much sweeter.

There's been no shortage of discussion about the ramification of a GOP takeover of the Senate, but not much would really change, save for the fact that no judges or executive appointments would be ratified. The Congress would pass some bills that President Obama would veto, and the country would be treated to an intramural fight as the far more conservative House would pass more extreme bills that the less extreme Senate would either ignore or try to temper so that they're palatable to the larger caucus. In short, how would this term be different from all other terms, save for Obama's first two years in office?

Which makes former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' comment that a Democratic loss would mean that "The party's over" seem rather quaint. The party's been over and it doesn't look like it's coming back anytime soon. Even if the Republicans take the Senate, they will most likely lose it back to the Democrats in 2016, because the GOP will have to defend a whopping 27 seats and convince the young, the Hispanic and the African-American that they have their best interests at heart. And they'll have to win the presidency, which at this point doesn't look like it will ever happen.

The GOP seems to think that young people are in play because they aren't signing up for health insurance at the rate that the ACA needs in order to function, but recent surveys show that the millennials aren't attached to either political party, and less so to the Republicans. It is true that many people become more conservative as they gather life experiences such as marriages, children and mortgages, but let's remember that on social issues, the younger generation is far removed from the right wing scolds who want to decide who gets rights and who doesn't. And we've also seen the effects of less government involvement in, say, North Carolina, that should scare people away from a more libertarian direction.

It hasn't been a good year for Democrats so far, but nothing that a more robust turnout can't alter. But the party? Turn out the lights.

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