Whether it’s the Cliven Bundy militia stand-off with the BLM, or the latest outrageous comments from a former governor of Alaska, liberals are utterly distracted by all of the political sideshows being put on by the GOP in recent weeks. The problem is, the midterm elections are rapidly approaching. Here we are running from one outrage to the next, and unless we start getting pissed off enough to make sure to get to the polls, we’re headed for a repeat of 2010 – or worse.
The Harvard poll found self-identiﬁed conservatives (32 percent) are 10 points more likely to say they will go to the polls than liberals (22 percent), while men (28 percent) are nine points more likely to vote than women (19 percent), and young Whites (27 percent) are more likely to vote than Blacks (19 percent) and Hispanics (19 percent). And 44 percent of Mitt Romney voters said they will vote this fall, compared to just 35 percent of those who voted for Obama. (Source)
Go ahead, let a bunch of people who think the Constitution only applies to heterosexual white Christian males stage their silly little rally in the middle of the desert. Let’s stop giving any airtime to the lunatic ravings of TV
grifters preachers who constantly come up with a new dire prophecy to keep their viewers scared and the donations rolling in. And please, enough with the pundit wars. Seriously, are these the most important things going on right now that liberals need to pay attention to?
The numbers at this point show that the Senate will likely drop back into Republican hands according to Nate Silver who, as you recall, absolutely nailed the outcome prediction of the 2012 Presidential election. In other words, if you thought Washington was screwed up before, it’s going to be even worse with both the Senate and the House under GOP control. At least two liberal Supreme Court justices could retire within the next couple of years and with a Republican Senate, the chances of the Supreme Court tilting heavily conservative are very possible after 2016.
And just imagine for a moment what could happen in 2017 if somehow we ended up with a Republican in the White House?
Let’s see, Wayne LaPierre wants a national gun law which could force states with stricter standards on who can carry a gun to allow people from states like Georgia, which has low standards, to carry in their state. Imagine some untrained person from rural Georgia with a gun and a hyperactive fear of minorities walking the streets of New York or Los Angeles? We could see severe nationwide abortion restrictions modeled on the recent legislation in Mississippi or even Hobby Lobby religious studies in our public schools.
Yes, those are some “what if” scenarios, but the fact of the matter is that by being distracted with the latest “look at me!” statement from Donald Trump or other planned political celebrity outrages, we’re losing sight of what’s important – and that’s getting out the vote in November. These stunts are designed to get their base riled up to turn out for the primaries and the general election, and we should only refer to them as a reminder of what we’re up against, nothing more.
And just in case you forgot, once again, here’s what’s at stake this coming November:
—All 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives
—33 seats in the U.S. Senate
—46 State Legislatures
—38 State and Territorial Governorships.
Are you registered to vote? Do you know where your local polling place is? If not, turn off the TV and put down your iPad. It’s time to get to work.
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