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Bright spot for Dems: Electing governors in states run by Republicans

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As the headline suggests, there is, indeed, a bright spot for Democrats this election season: Knocking off GOP governors in tres rouge Republican states. Waitwhat? Yes, you read that right, we have a shot at retaking a few governors mansions in currently (Or to put it punnily, currantly) red states. Crazy huh? How'd that happen?

Well, it happened because radical right legislation signed by radical right governors is backfiring. Even their fellow Republicans have had enough. Now let's hope it backfires effectively enough to get voters to turn a few red mansions blue. Steve Kornacki cites one example. Then below that is the L.A. Times' broader take on the topic. Take it away, Steve:

Steve Kornacki, subbing for Rachel Maddow:

So you've heard a lot of stories in the last two years about extremely conservative governors and extremely conservative state legislators. You've probably heard of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and maybe you're even familiar with some of the extremely conservative lawmaking he and his legislature have achieved.

But you might not have heard what happened to Governor Brownback in Kansas today. Lots of people have seen enough and many of those people are Republicans...

There's a race for governor of Kansas this year. And today in that state, more than 100 Republican politicians and activists officially threw their support behind the Democrat...

And to put things in perspective and how big a deal this is, just take a minute to think of how staunchly a Republican state Kansas actually is...

Just two years ago, Brownback led an effort to purge moderate Republican state legislators in primaries to drive them out of the statehouse to replace them with right-wingers. And he got his way. 2012 was also the same year he signed a controversial tax slashing law into effect. ... Brownback said at the time that the cuts would create tens of thousands of new jobs and help make Kansas the best place in America to start and grow a small business.

But two years later, it hasn't quite worked out that way. So far, it`s cost Kansas a ton of revenue without really jump-starting the economy. Moody`s, for example, recently downgraded the state`s credit rating... [O]n one hand, the governor`s dealing with the fallout from the tax cuts he championed. And on the other, he`s dealing with backlash from the moderates he`s tried to stamp out.

Steve Benen has more on this at The Maddow Blog.

The Los Angeles Times explores the phenomenon further. Brownback isn't the only one who may be in trouble:

The mathematics and political map both favor Democrats, the opposite of their circumstance in congressional races, where most House Republicans are safe and most competitive Senate contests are in places President Obama lost in 2012.

By contrast, Republican governors are battling in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and other states Obama carried twice.

Democrats have even expanded the fight to places such as ruby-red Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback faces a stiff challenge amid an uproar from GOP moderates and others unhappy with his aggressively conservative agenda — especially a massive tax cut that has badly strained state finances.

I love the way Nathan Gonzales, an analyst with the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, put it: "One of the consequences of doing well in an election is having to defend those victories next time around."

As regular readers know, one of my mantras is that the GOP lacks foresight. This drives the point home.

And this concludes yet another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own.

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"Absence of a strong wave comes as something of a setback for GOP"

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A report just came out from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate. It confirmed what many of us already knew: that Americans are "staying away from the polls in droves." Not good, not good at all. The prediction is that the midterm primary elections will set record lows in voter turnout. "Who cares?" many of you may be asking. Well, per the Los Angeles Times, that would be a real setback for democracy:

Why does that matter? “It presents a danger to our society insofar as democracy does thrive on the consent and involvement of the governed,” said Curtis Gans, director of the nonpartisan election research center and a decades-long student of voter behavior. “Leadership needs some form of mandate.”

The study says a major factor in the low turnout is a sense of futility: congressional districts consciously drawn to favor one party or the other, which leave many voters wondering why they should bother participating when the outcome is preordained.

Got that? Gerrymandering is a major culprit. Scroll through our many posts on that subject.

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To repeat, low voter turnout is bad for democracy... and usually bad for Democrats, specifically.

Adjacent to that article was another one about a different kind of setback. It has a somewhat encouraging title (key word: somewhat), No partisan wave building for fall elections, but GOP gains likely:

[F]or now, the absence of a strong wave comes as something of a setback for Republicans, who had hoped earlier this year that the unpopularity of President Obama's healthcare law would guarantee big gains for them.  [...]

The public's dismal view of Congress probably accounts for some of that lack of enthusiasm about voting.

That last sentence is an understatement, IMHO. Our own Sherry Hardy wrote a great post about that here, and I followed up here.

Not a skit, our actual Congress, gaa! Maddow

And from the Timing Is Everything Dep't., Steve Kornacki subbed for Chris Matthews on Hardball and treated us to his own "Let Me Finish" segment in which he opined on the long game for Democrats:

Kornacki:

Right now, at least, it doesn't look like a big Republican wave is building, and it does look like Democrats can at least hold their own this fall. And if they can do that, then it sets up the real battle in 2016...

In 2016, Republicans won't just get to take shots at the White House, they'll have to put up a candidate of their own. They'll have to write a platform of their own, run on an agenda that might not sit that well with most Americans. There could be a huge opportunity for Democrats...

2014 is important to [the Democrats], but 2016? That's the ball game.

You know what to do:

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What messnbc thinks of the Real Progressives at Netroots Nation

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I've been hearing more -- justified -- criticism of msnbc anchors this year, from everyone from family to online addicts comme moi, than I'm comfortable with. In no progressive world is it good to hear fewer raves and virtually all "so disappointed in" caveats on the best network we've got at hand. Maddow is there. Particularly when Fvx Nation is at the opposite helm.

It was too interesting not to have a peek at young Steve Kornacki taking UP viewers for a look at Progressives, Elizabeth Warren and Veep Joe Biden jazzing up the keynote speeches at this year's Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit.

Sidebar: Which you should absolutely have enjoyed first with Nicole Sandler, goes without saying but here's the Youtubes linkage.

At Radio Or Not. Nicole had an epic week. Compare her look to Kornacki's and add Barney Frank in the segments to follow and you might have the progressive epiphany you've been hoping for.

And of course the natural segue would be to Hillary Cautionary Expertise. It's de rigeur. Where to begin? notsure

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Next In The Hobby Lobbyish SCROTUS Crosshairs: LGBTQ Everything?

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Jonathan Martin, sitting in for young and on holiday Steve Kornacki, had the most satisfying segment on the Hobby Slobby SCROTUS hot mess than we are likely to see in a while - it was a table of experts on many topic … then went there with LGBTQ!

It is near-shocking that we aren't even a month out from SCROTUS champion decision to let corporations tell a female employee if and what kind of birth control she can expect to be paid for by her insurance company. To which some of her own wages and probably taxpayer dollars are already contributing to … so she may end up paying for her method of birth control two or three times by the end of the lament about how badly SCROTUS Screwed Women again.

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But back to the expert discussion. One of the best moments has to be the charming and Lady Parts Advocate Gabi Domenzain, she carried the mantle well for the sisterhood, methinks. Chris Geidner and Justin Snow were perfection for back-up and their passions.

It is tremendously heartening to know that these youngish persons, so different culturally and otherwise, can look ahead to what the Regressive Right is trying to do - with utter SCROTUS compliance, and fight back! They are the right age to have grown up with someone of different ethnicity, sexual preference or even belief IN religious beliefs.

They don't necessarily take one look at a dude like Barack Obama, clutch their pearls (or nuts) and scream "Anti-Christtttt!!" on sheer instinct, in other tone.

Get used to it GOP … your era has come, gone and will heretofore only be visited in 'pensive mausoleums or luxe cemetery hilltop location location locations.

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Perhaps somewhere near a member of the SCROTUS that got you to those heights.

 

The inimitable Horsey, The L.A. Times

The inimitable Horsey, The L.A. Times

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