Dutch Wrote: The news is right now not very good related to a 2016 election win; sorry to say we as Democrats can't jump for joy right now.
There are several issues which probably drag on forever, which Obama does not get done as well as new Tea Party (tax issue), Beghazi onslaught etc.
First of all these are the issues which bog down any progress:
1) Quatanomo Bay closure- no progress
2) Gun control- no progress
3) Sequester/Budget control- bogged down
4) Aghanistan war continues at enormous cost
5) Immigration reform- no progress
6) Obama care- corruption- etc. paint a bad picture
On top of that slow progress in the economy. Election of Stanford (SC) instead of Democrat etc. etc.
I'm affraid if we continue on this track the Repub's will win in 2016, why? Because if the "Tea Party" (read the religeous right John Birch Club) can stop all of the above, then they must have a lot of power as well to stop a Democratic win in 2016.
Looking at candidates we have to few well known who could be running; Hillary would do fine, but I doubt if she wants to run. Then we have a huge gap before we know who is the next best. So Please come with suggestions. Sorry but at present things do not look good at all.
Dragon Wrote: BTW, I think 2016 will be the GOP's last realistic shot at the White House. Due to the rapidly increasing numbers of Hispanics and young people in Texas, who overwhelmingly support the Democratic Party, by 2024 the state will likely have turned blue. Without Texas it would be almost impossible to elect a Republican candidate to the presidency. It would be like a Democrat winning without California.
The GOP has ten years to devote as much energy as possible in wooing those two groups into the Republican camp, but with its legacy and the fact that young people today are better informed than ever, I don't think it's possible for the GOP to reinvent itself enough in Texas to grab these new voters without alienating possible Republican voters everywhere else.
They've boxed themselves in with their inflexible, ideologically pure positions. It's too late now to come back with a "We didn't mean it. We weren't being honest about ourselves before but you can believe us now" campaign.
GemsWoven Wrote: The Cubbies win the series.
Miss Teen U.S.A. announces she is really a cute boy.
Republicans run through the streets waving white flags in one hand and a firearm in the other while clutching a bible in their teeth.