The Numbers Don’t Lie: Democrats Win When They Show Up To Vote

bernie sanders clinton democratsThis past Election Day, Democrats didn’t show up in some states and in Kentucky, a Tea Party fanatic won the governor’s race against the moderate Attorney General Jack Conway. This was a disturbing setback, and it was repeated in local elections like in Houston where an LGBT protection ordinance was struck down by voters.

Houston is a fairly progressive city, especially when compared to rural Texas which gave us politicians like Louie Gohmert or Ted Cruz. Kentucky has given us Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, but it does have a lot of Democrats who apparently didn’t show up to vote on Tuesday.

However, as the Washington Post notes, where progressives did turn out and vote in an off-year election, they did score victories.

Democrats, who have long viewed the 2016 election as a demographic grind, finished Tuesday with confidence that they’d cracked the suburbs. In Colorado, where Democrats lost a 2014 U.S. Senate race after a heavy focus on abortion rights, party activists ousted three members of the Jefferson County school board.

Progressives put recall elections on the ballot after the board members introduced merit pay and challenged history lessons that did not respect “American exceptionalism.” Julie Williams, one of the defeated conservatives, told the Denver Post that “the liberal agenda and union bosses” were responsible for a 28-point landslide against her. But nearly half a million dollars in pro-recall spending was matched — unsuccessfully — by the local branch of Americans for Prosperity, funded in part by the Koch brothers. (Source)

For all of the complaining about rigged elections and gerrymandered districts, we can win – if we simply show up to vote.

Over the past few years, too many Democrats have been under the assumption that as long as they vote for a Democrat for president, their job is done. Worse than that, many have engaged in ideological purity battles where they refuse to vote for or support a Democratic candidate who isn’t 100% in line with their beliefs. Don’t believe me? Just go to any pro-Hillary Clinton article and see how many people you can count who call her no better than a Republican.

Many of these same people also refuse to vote for moderate Democrats in red states, oblivious to the fact that you cannot run a candidate that resembles Elizabeth Warren in a state like Arkansas or Oklahoma and have a chance of winning.

Sometimes you have to work together with moderate Republicans, and here in Louisiana, a conservative Democrat could win the governor’s race with the endorsement of Republicans. John Bel Edwards currently has a double-digit lead over David Vitter, thanks in part to state GOP lawmakers like Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne who is set to endorse him instead of Vitter.

Edwards isn’t the most ideal choice for a lot of progressive Democrats, but what they need to learn from this is that they can’t take their ball and go home because they didn’t get the candidate they wanted. Democrats also need to learn that it isn’t enough to just show up every four years to vote for a presidential candidate, because way too many conservatives show up for every election.

This is why conservative Republicans dominate state governments across the country. If we’re going to take this country back from the GOP and the Tea Party, it’s time to stop complaining and start voting – in every election.


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  • cruisersailor

    Why haven’t Democratic voters realized that every election is important? Too many Democrats seem fixated on the office of president. Progressive governors and state legislators are needed too.

    • Ben Howe

      Ramen brother

    • NINJAfemale

      Bingo! I so resent that if we don’t show up—NO EXCUSE FOR THAT—we who do will have to pay the increasing price!!!

    • Jim Bean

      Because they are shallow, unengaged, and unqualified.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Go crawl back under your rock Jim

      • congero

        I know this is off topic but you keep pushing this Michael Brown lie that it was conclusive that his hands weren’t up. “What do the newly released witness statements tell us about the Michael Brown shooting?

        Here’s a breakdown of the data we found:

        More than 50 percent of the witness statements said that Michael Brown held his hands up when Darren Wilson shot him. (16 out of 29 such statements)

        Only five witness statements said that Brown reached toward his waist during the confrontation leading up to Wilson shooting him to death.

        More than half of the witness statements said that Brown was running away from Wilson when the police officer opened fire on the 18-year-old, while fewer than one-fifth of such statements indicated that was not the case.

        There was an even split among witness statements that said whether or not Wilson fired upon Brown when the 18-year-old had already collapsed onto the ground.

        Only six witness statements said that Brown was kneeling when Wilson opened fire on him. More than half of the witness statements did not mention whether or not Brown was kneeling…

        …McCulloch highlighted the variations in witness accounts during the grand jury press conference. “In subsequent interviews with law enforcement, or their testimony before the grand jury, many of the same witnesses acknowledged that they didn’t actually see the shooting,” McCulloch said. “Some were running for cover. Some were relating what they heard from others or as I said, what they assumed happened.” But many witnesses held steadfast to their interviews. “Several other witnesses maintained their original statement that Mr. Brown had his hands int he air and was not moving toward the officer when he was shot,” McCulloch said.

        One thing was clear was that the city of Ferguson was a racist cesspool. Michael Brown lay in the hot St. Louis sun for over 4 hrs . before he was moved. Wilson was allowed to travel to police station on his own. Never wrote a report on the shooting and wasn’t interviewed until well after the shooting. “…The transcripts from grand jury testimony make evident that police carried out numerous actions that experts say are highly unusual. First of all, Wilson drove himself back to the police station, put his own gun into evidence and quickly washed blood off his hands without anyone photographing them first, reports the Washington Post. Apparently “there was no photographer available” and Wilson seemed to be more concerned with getting someone else’s blood off his body than preserving evidence. “His concern was not of evidence, but as a biohazard or what possible blood hazards it might attract,” said an FBI agent…Others also moved forward in a way that several experts described as unusual. The officers who interviewed Wilson after the shooting did not record the conversation, for example. And the medical examiner did not take photographs—because his camera’s battery was dead—nor measurements at the scene of the crime—because what had happened was “self-explanatory.”

        Ferguson was a cesspool of racism and the inconclusiveness of whether Michael Brown had his hands up or not doesn’t negate that fact. Milking black residents of their money.”Justice report finds systematic discrimination against African-Americans in Ferguson”
        I know this post won’t stop you from repeating your bs but know their are people who know the truth is much deeper.

      • Jim Bean

        The forensic evidence does not, in any way, support a claim that Brown was not charging at the officer. Nor does it support any attempt to shoot him in the back.

      • congero

        1st off Darren Wilson was allowed to drive himself to the police station, turn in his own weapon ,wash himself and the interview was not recorded. He never wrote a police report. No pictures or measurement taken as I linked too above. The crime scene was compromised as was the investigation for the reasons I listed. Michael Brown’s body lay in the hot St. Louis summer sun for over 4 hrs in utter disrespect but this isn’t only about Michael Brown. This is about the decades of racial abuse by the city of Ferguson against it’s Afro-American citizens. This is about the choking death Eric Garner for selling cigarettes; the shooting Renisha McBride for seeking help,the shooting of Johnathan Farrell by police seeking help after a car accident, the shooting of John Crawford as he browsed in a dept. store, the murder of Tamir Rice a 12 yr. old as he played with a toy gun in a park. How different the treatment than this:

        Watch What Happens When Police Confront a White ‘Open Carry’ Gun Nut

        The beating of Marlene Pinnock by highway patrol officer on the side of the road.

        Some ones grandmother. You hypocrites were ready to kick Adrian Petterson out of football for disciplining his child by whipping yet jumped to the defense of the school cop who assaulted a young black girl for looking at a cell phone. No this isn’t only about Michael Brown and you know it.

        “In 88% of the cases in which police the Ferguson police reported using force, it was against African-Americans. During the period 2012-2014 black drivers were twice as likely as white drivers to be searched during traffic stops, but 26% less likely to be found in possession of contraband.

        Blacks were disproportionately more likely to be cited for minor infractions: 95% of tickets for “manner of walking in roadway,” essentially jaywalking, were against African Americans. Also, 94% of all “failure to comply” charges were filed against black people.

        Read More

        The findings in the investigation were made public Wednesday, and the Justice Department is expected to pursue a court-supervised consent decree that requires the city of Ferguson to make changes to its police and courts.

        According to the findings, reviewed by CNN, African-Americans were 68% less likely to have their cases dismissed by a Ferguson municipal judge, and were overwhelmingly more likely to be arrested during traffic stops solely for an outstanding warrant by the Ferguson courts.

        The investigators found evidence of racist jokes being sent around by Ferguson police and court officials. One November 2008 email read in part that President Barack Obama wouldn’t likely be President for long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”

        Another jokes that made the rounds on Ferguson government email in May 2011 said: “An African American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received a check for $3000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said: ‘Crimestoppers.'”

        Police show great patience with a possibly drunk, agitated, gun-waving white man. What if he were black?

      • Jim Bean
      • congero

        ROFL… you’re sad.

      • congero

        What a pathetic life you must lead. The highlight of your day is posting bs like that. I pity you.

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  • Jim Bean

    That’s true. Equally true is during the midterms, its the seriously engaged that show up, and Pubs win.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      or the seriously scared, due to ingesting propaganda and lies 24/7.

  • Matson, Gregory P.

    I hate rabid Bernie fans. HILLARY ’16!