ere’s some good news for Republicans that could mean serious gains for them in the 2014 Congressional election this fall and yes the Presidential election in 2016.
According a Gallup poll, since 2008 the Republican [RED] states have increased in number, and the Democrat [Blue] states have decreased in number. In 2008 there were 30 more Blue states than Red states, whereas today that lead in Blue states has shrank to only a three-state lead.
Something that might be causing this dramatic shift from Blue to Red state status is Obamacare. Many working folks are ticked-off by how much more they are now paying for health-care insurance with higher premiums and higher deductibles, as they also pay a higher price for their needed medications so that college girls that Sandra Fluke championed, can now have free birth-control pills and free abortions.
If the Republicans can come up with really solid candidates for the 2014 Congressional elections they could retain control of the House while getting control of the Senate. Some hidden icebergs in the election waters could sink their political ship and give the Democrats these victories. Some examples include:
The Republicans should not allow Republican male candidates to speak anywhere about female issues like abortion, birth control, or rape. Think of the problems Republican male candidates caused in the last election discussing these topics. Let the Republican female candidates discuss these, because like it or not woman resent men telling them anything about those topics [ask your wife], so why hit that iceberg? Many women, Republican and Independent, favor pro-choice and will vote Democrat if they believe those choices will be stopped by Republican candidates.
Do not nominate someone who will turn off voters, because they are too extreme. To win an election the party needs not just Republican voters, but moderate Independent voters. Also do not nominate someone who isn‘t qualified to hold the office - Delaware’s Christine O‘Donnell and Alaska‘s Sarah Palin come to mind. Surely there are bright, knowledgeable Republican women available, so if looking for female candidates nominate some of them, such as Arizona‘s Jan Brewer.
Lastly, there’s a large block of voters that the G.O.P. tends to ignore, these folks are the 55+ crowd. In this very important Congressional election the Republicans need to make very clear, in their party platform and in their speeches, that those aged 55+ would not have their Social Security messed with in any way, but that there will be a new plan for those under 55. This one issue has caused many folks, who are just a few years from getting their Social Security benefits to vote Democrat. People will vote their wallet. Many folks 55+ believe the Republicans will cut their Social Security benefits or require them to work until 68-70 years of age. Obviously this view of the Republican Party helps the Democrats win elections. So being very clear and out spoken on this issue will add new voters pulling the lever, pushing the button, or punching the chad for Republican candidates in 2014.
Given Obama’s low approval ratings, 2014 and 2016 should be banner years for the Republicans, if they can avoid hitting the hidden icebergs in the election waters. Sadly 2012 was supposed to have been a banner year for the Republicans, but they hit everyone of these icebergs I’ve mentioned. Have they learned from 2012? I guess we’ll find out this November.
Mike Cannatelli lives in suburban Wilmington with his wife. He repairs electronic instrumentation the food industry uses to detect bacteria in food. He plays supper club music on the piano and is a voracious reader who is a registered Independent voter.