I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say I think the Democrats can pull off an upset this year and take back the House. The mood of the public “feels” like 2006 — and if you recall, pretty much every pundit and consultant (including the Democrats) wrote the Democrats off as dead that year. We took back control of everything: The House, the Senate and the majority of governor’s races.
Yes, we had the magic of Howard Dean and the 50-state strategy. But that wasn’t the whole story. We also increased turnout by 5.5% — and 5.1% of depressed Republican voters stayed home.
I get really pissed when armchair prognosticators “explain” to me that it doesn’t matter, the GOP has gerrymandered away any chance of victory. Horse hockey: Gerrymandering only works when Dems have their usual tepid turnout. If we turn out, we win.
And here’s the simplest way to do it: Call every Democrat you know the weekend before the election, and remind them how important it is to vote. Then call and remind them the night before. No big deal, just friends reminding friends to get their butts in the booth:
Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year.
Republicans are elected by Democrats who don’t vote! Get out the vote this November!