In the latest example of the ineptness of the Democratic Party and their supporters, the Democrats lost a chance to win control of the Virginia Senate because their voters failed to show up at the same rates as Republicans.
The last week of early voting -- and the last week before the election -- is upon us. As of Sunday, Oct. 26 over 7.6 million people have voted. If past patterns hold true, the number of voters will ramp up at an increasing rate.
This fall, Democrats have the ability to motivate the voters to turnout at levels adequate to replicate the 2012 turnout mix -- just as they did in Virginia last year. But we need to focus 100 percent of our energy on motivation. That requires that we follow several important rules.
Among the most dramatic findings reported in the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey is a large decline in turnout rates among young people. Obama's smaller margin of victory in 2012 was thus partially a turnout story.
Folks, it is a new day in America. There is a new kind of rhythm in the streets. There is a new kind of voice in the fray. There is a new kind of optimism in the wind. Welcome to the Obama Era.
Here are eight cool, interesting (and useful) things to do in the next 36 hours in addition to voting to help get out the vote.
Now with over 3 million people voting across the country, the campaigns are spinning the early vote. Here are my takeaways so far.
If Boricua Decide 2012 and other complementary voter outreach efforts are successful, Puerto Rican voters in Florida will have an opportunity to play a decisive role in the November election.
With the Romney's new commitment to early voter mobilization and with Republicans energized, the early vote will likely be more contested than in 2008.
At this moment, in our land, it is time for the true champions of the 99 percent to launch the largest voter registration, mobilization and turnout campaign in the history of freedom.
Sometimes the day-to-day back and forth of politics can cause us to forget what's really at stake and the gulf between progressive and right-wing values -- the difference between our vision of society and of the other side.