Better Worry About The 2014 Midterm Elections First

Monica Roberts's photo.One of the things that is irritating me in liberal-progressive world is people who are obsessing about the 2016 presidential elections and whether Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party nominee for POTUS. 

Frak the 2016 election right now.   Better focus on the 2014 congressional MIDTERM election first and treat them as if your life depended on them because they do.

What happens in 2014 will play a major role in setting up how the political landscape sets up for 2016.   And word to the wise, remember in 2006 there were people saying that Hillary was cruising to the nomination in 2008.  Gee, wasn’t it some skinny guy with a funny name who ended up with the nomination and as POTUS a few months later?  

Frankly, I don’t care about Hillary, November 8, 2016 or presidential politics right now.  That’s two years into the future.  We have far more important electoral ‘bidness’ coming up on November 4.     

As a Texan, I’m more concerned about getting Wendy Davis in our governor’s mansion, Leticia Van de Putte in the vitally important Lt. Governor’s chair and getting my home state out of the clutches of the Tea Klux Klan.

I’m more concerned about electing Democrats to every office we can up and down the ballot in the Lone Star State, in Harris County and the other 253 counties in this state.    

I’m more concerned about defending our Democratic Senate majority and taking the House back from the Republicans.  All we need is a gain of 18 seats and John Boehner and the Teapublicans will really have something to cry about in January 2015. 

In the US senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes has an excellent chance to knock off Mitch McConnell in  Kentucky.  We have a chance to pick up senate seats in Mississippi and Georgia. We have Democratic senators in tough races like Mary Landrieu in Louisiana and Kay Hagan in North Carolina that will need help and votes to hold those seats since the GOP needs to flip only six seats to take control of the Senate.

And if the Republicans gain control of the Senate while maintaining control of the House, you can bet 2015 will be spent wasting time on bogus impeachment proceedings of President Obama instead of passing needed legislation.  


We have a chance to add good Democratic governors and kick bad ones out in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin

So I don’t want to hear another syllable uttered about Hillary until November 5, especially since she hasn’t even officially declared she’s a candidate for the presidency.

First things first.   We have five months left, and we need to be getting people registered to vote so we can bumrush the polls this fall.  We need to be burying the conservalies under an avalanche of facts.  GOTV efforts need to be planned.  We need to be telling anyone who will listen they need to be participating in this critical election and why.   We need the same level of 2012 turnout or better to win, so let’s get busy making that a reality. 

First things first.   Focus on the 2014 midterms, then when that is over we turn our attention to 2016 and holding the White House.

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