Ever since the November debacle, Democrats have been suffering a gloomy season, knowing that Republican Supply-side Santa will do everything possible to fill our Christmas stockings with turds, while he heaps more wealth onto the super-rich. Try not to despair. There’s an excellent possibility that we can turn the tables in 2016.
Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP right back into the minority.
In November 2016, Republicans will defend 24 seats, Democrats 10. Seven of the GOP seats are in states that President Barack Obama won with 50 percent or more of the vote in 2012.
It's a stark reversal from this past November, when Democrats were the ones contending with a brutal map, including candidates running in seven states Obama had lost. Democrats were crushed on Election Day, losing nine seats and their Senate majority.
It will be a tough climb for Democrats to make up those losses, and there's no guarantee they will. But coming off November's trouncing, Democrats sound eager about their chances in states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Illinois, while Republicans are preparing more to defend past victories than try to score new ones…
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In addition, turnout is much better in a Presidential election year, especially for voters that tend to vote for Democrats. In addition, with Republicans in control of the entire Congress, they won’t be able to blame Democrats for the gridlock that strife within their own party will create. The best things we can do in the interim are to keep educating people and to support progressive candidates at every level of government.