A 2014 Midterm Election Post-Mortem: The Democratic Party Will Not Solve Our Problems

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 5:20 pm

The Democratic Party was totally demolished in the midterm election last night. Where I live, in Illinois, a pension fund raider and Job Creator of the 1% named Bruce Rauner defeated Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. But, in the morning, when I woke up I was largely dispassionate about the outcome of the election.


Bowe Bergdahl Swapped for that Marine in Mexico (Satire)

By: Monday November 3, 2014 6:30 pm

Just ahead of the highly-contested midterm elections, Obama administration officials are denying rumors that they swapped Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier himself freed from Taliban captivity through a swap for five Guantanamo prisoners, for Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi.

Tahmooressi was released by coincidence just before the election after several months in a Mexican jail.

“It was a good ride,” said Bowe Bergdahl, “but like I told the Taliban guys on my last day with them, hey, nothing lasts forever.”

Republicans Welcome Ebola (Satire)

By: Friday October 24, 2014 10:17 am

Giggling, the Chairperson of the Republican Party could barely contain himself when he learned a major hurricane was headed for the east coast of the United States. “Can anyone tell me if it’ll hit any blue states hard? We can always use some extra help I guess, but with ISIS and ebola, maybe that would be piling on. We live in great times.”

What Will Happen in November?

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 6:50 pm

Things are starting to look bleak for the Democrats in this year’s midterm elections. A Pew Research Center/USA Today poll found that voters favor the Republicans in 47%-43%. That may seem small but it is enough to vastly increase the Republican majority in the House and give them back the Senate, not to mention the number of governorships and state legislatures the Republicans could gain.

Why Did LGBT Voters Move to GOP in 2010?

By: Friday November 26, 2010 7:10 am

Lisa Keen wisely wonders what lies ahead for a Democratic party that fails to deliver for a core voting bloc they may have taken for granted one too many times.

Early Morning Swim: Special Midterms Edition

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 4:47 am

Election 2010: FDL Community vs. the Professional Prognosticators

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 7:40 am

With all the entries in Firedoglake’s Election Projection Challenge now in, I decided to see if the aggregate projections of the FDL community can outperform the professional political prognosticators.

Primary Results Liveblogging

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 6:02 pm

Yes, it’s primary night once again in America. Or at least on the Liberal Hippie East Coast… and Wisconsin. And as is so often true, it’s looking like a referendum on each party’s political direction. All three Republican races above feature a Tea Party candidate against a more establishment one, and both Democratic ones feature a conservative Blue Dog type against a progressive.

NPR Highlights the Democrats’ Problem, in a Nutshell

By: Thursday September 9, 2010 11:25 am

NPR’s story on Tim Kaine featured this comment from a college student, who volunteered to help elect Obama in 2008.

Why Should I Care? Leaders Lack Good Reasons to Vote For Democrats – or Against Republicans

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 7:00 pm

There is great concern that the Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives and even possibly the Senate in the 2010 elections. While most prognosticators are predicting huge wins for the Republican Party, their current seat deficit is so great that if they do win back the majority in the House, it will likely be by less than a dozen seats. If Democrats do manage to hold on to the House, it will likely also be with a very narrow majority. While I’ve been told with much hand waving to be very scared about the prospect of Speaker John Boehner, what no one in the Democratic party has legitimately explained to me–or the rest of America–is why we should care. . . be it Republicans or Democrats with narrow control of the House.

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