RushElectionMap2014

Rush provided a little piece of good news that never gets reported elsewhere. The following is a portion of the transcript.

RUSH: The Steny Hoyer story. It’s in TheHill.com: “Dems Downplay Whispers of Coup Against Steny Hoyer.” There’s one sentence in this story that makes this relevant, and it is this: “House Democrats have been licking their wounds following a disastrous 2014 election cycle.”

The zone is being flooded with the wonders and the greatness and the sweetness and anything that has to do with liberalism and the Democrat Party, while at the same time the Republicans are getting lambasted and plastered all over the place. But the truth of the matter is, the midterm elections in 2010 and 2014 were devastating to the Democrat Party in the real world, not in the world of PR and buzz.

It’s why so many of them quit. It’s why Dingy Harry is quitting, a number of Senators as well, and this story about there being a coup against Steny Hoyer, that is a reflection of these election defeats. In the last two midterm elections, the current Democrat leadership, “Blabbermouth” Schultz all the way down to the congressional campaign committees and so forth, everybody there is under the microscope ’cause it’s been a disaster. They are not winning at the local level, the grassroots level. They are losing big.

This is why I think it’s a mistake for the Republicans to give up on states like New York and California. Campaign for something there. It may not be the governorship that you’re gonna win and it may not be a statewide office, but get Republican turnout going for local elections – somewhere. It can have an impact. It can reduce the Democrats’ victory margin in these states that are considered to be hopeless for us. But in the real world, the Democrats know it’s not good for them out there.

Even presidential election years, when you get to the local level, Democrats are not sweeping things away. You never read about it. You never hear about the problems in the Democrat Party.

You just are not gonna hear the truth written about the Democrats in this regard. All you’re gonna get is what a mess the Republicans are in. But I’m telling you that it is not a pretty picture for the Democrat Party. They have their own problems.

As a conservative I wince sometimes at a message delivered by Rand Paul in Detroit or Berkley or Paul Ryan in Cleveland or Milwaukee. However, I find it admirable that they are not afraid of appearing in areas that have just been written off by too many Republicans who pay too much attention to political consultants. It’s simply not smart to leave people relying on what the drive-by media says about you when you can speak to them directly.

Another thing to remember is that the politics of a state are not fixed in stone. Charlie Cook’s Political Report has a measurement tool, the Partisan Voter Index (PVI), and this report shows how it has changed every four years from 1994 to 2014. In the table below are examples of some states that have changed a lot over 20 years.

State 1994 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014
West Virginia D+5 D+4 even R+4 R+8 R+13
Arkansas D+2 D+6 D+1 R+3 R+9 R+14
Louisiana R+1 D+1 R+1 R+5 R+10 R+12
Kentucky R+2 R+3 R+6 R+8 R+10 R+13
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I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.