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election night recap: broken crystal ball & broken hearts…but not a broken spirit.

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If you read my previous blog entry about the election, you already know I was wrong. However, I did say to watch out for deviations. And I was right in predicting Michigan as one of those deviations. I just didn’t predict Wisconsin. Or North Carolina.

My prediction was based on several different polls and sources of data. I knew Michigan was close. I thought that was the real threat, not Wisconsin. I thought North Carolina would ultimately stay blue. I should’ve known better.

But Pennsylvania? That one is a shock.

I thought we’d have Clinton as president by 8 p.m. PST. That was predicated on Democrats holding onto their firewall in the Midwest. Once North Carolina fell and the races remained tight throughout the Rust Belt, I knew my prediction was in trouble. If this were March Madness, I got bounced before the Sweet Sixteen.

After I posted my predictions, I shared with friends my concerns about North Carolina and Michigan. As of this moment, Clinton may still win Michigan, but Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina went red.

I may be brokenhearted, but my spirit is not broken. Out of this defeat, I see opportunity to  grow. I hope the people higher up the ladder than me see that, too.

On a personal level, I am stunned. I am disappointed. I am broken-hearted, truly. Also, I am…concerned about this result. However, I will not become that which I despised over the past eight years. I will not become a stubborn, anti-president person. I am going to take a more muted tone. For now.

But not before I get this off my chest. To all those Trump supporters who insisted they wanted to oust professional politicians from Washington in favor of a complete outsider, I have one question for you: then why did you re-elect so many incumbents tonight?

Be honest. It was never about “change.” It was about your hatred for Clinton. Fine. I get it. At least admit it. We underestimated the level of Clinton hatred out there. We also underestimated Clinton fatigue. It was an unceremonious end to an otherwise distinguished political career. That’s politics for you. It’s a bloodsport.

Anyway, we shall see what the future brings. I refuse to be fatalistic and call for the collapse of society. I have to put my faith in our system of government to truly provide the checks and balances it is designed to provide.

If there’s any silver lining to this night for me, it’s Nevada. We delivered the Silver State for Clinton. We also kept Harry Reid’s senate seat with the Democrats. In addition, we even won a few House seats. Those down-ticket races were crucial; especially given Clinton’s loss. We also legalized pot. Something tells me we’re going to need it.

The Democratic National Committee has some serious work to do in the next few weeks and months. It is high time for a purge and a real autopsy. The DNC must treat this election as an opportunity to learn from its mistakes. The answer does not lie in persons named Sanders or Warren, but it does lie in their core philosophies. The DNC lost a lot of blue-collar votes tonight. Promises of free college will not bring them back. I don’t know the answer, and neither does the DNC, obviously. But it does start with one, simple truth: embrace your liberal self.

To the Indiana Democratic Party: you are dead to me. DEAD. I’m not joking. For 10 years, you’ve consistently found all new and innovative ways to lose elections and look positively idiotic in the process. If your offices tomorrow morning aren’t cleared of every, single high-ranking official, I wash my hands of you. I can only think of one word to describe you: pathetic.

To my friends in the black community, Muslim community, Latino community, gay community; to women seeking health care who want to make their own medical decisions; and to my friends in the middle class, seeking a living wage, I say this: I stand with you. We will figure this out together.

P.S. – You are free to disagree with my point of view. You are free to share your point of view. But you will not gloat or spike the ball. Not on this page, not on my thread. I will not sanction such behavior. Real lives are in the balance. Please don’t treat it like a goddamned football game.

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spoiler alert: i already know how the presidential election plays out tomorrow night.

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In less than 48 hours, our long, national nightmare will be over.

We hope.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day. I’d like to believe we’ll know who’s president when we wake up Wednesday morning, but who the hell knows, since this election cycle has been anything but conventional.

Anyway, four years ago, I wrote a blog post predicting the electoral votes in chronological order. It was so much fun (and I was fairly accurate, thanks to my keen mind and statistical analysis), I decided to do it again. Of course, a month ago, my predictive modeling looked completely differently than it does today. Will the FBI farce play out at the polls? Possibly. Given that information (or lack thereof), I’ve decided to take a run at it again this year.

Let me preface this by saying: if there are any deviations from what I lay out here, it’s because the data was inaccurate…or I flipped a coin (I’m looking at you, Florida). Those deviations should scare Clinton more than Trump, too, but I’ll get into that later.

Remember, it takes 270 electoral votes (out of 538 total) to win the presidency. Just wanted to throw that out there in case you slept through that day of your high school civics class (or that episode of The West Wing). With that in mind, here goes…

In the Beginning…
When we all wake up tomorrow morning, here’s how the map of our great nation will look.

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Isn’t it pretty? We’re unified, together, only state boundaries separating us. Yeah, by night’s end, we should knock that unity all to hell.

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7 p.m. EST
Polls are closing in six states:
Georgia (16)
Indiana (11)
Kentucky (8)
South Carolina (9)
Vermont (3)
Virginia (13)

By 7:01 p.m. EST, I expect all the major news outlets to declare the red states for Trump. Vermont will be called for Clinton too, at this time. Virginia, while blue here, may take a little while to get there, but I haven’t seen anything take it out of her column yet.

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7:30 p.m. EST
Polls are closing in three states:
North Carolina (15)
Ohio (18)
West Virginia (5)

West Virginia is Coal Country. It’s also Trump Country. It goes red, right away. Ohio will go red, too, but it might be late. Me, I think we’ll know fairly early about Ohio. And it’s going for Trump. North Carolina? Not so fast. It’s going to need a minute to get there.

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8 p.m. EST…Here comes the Big Haul!
Polls are closing in 17 states:
Alabama (9)
Connecticut (7)
Delaware (3)
District of Columbia (3)
Florida (29)
Illinois (20)
Maine (4)
Maryland (10)
Massachusetts (11)
Mississippi (6)
Missouri (10)
New Hampshire (4)
New Jersey (14)
Oklahoma (7)
Pennsylvania (20)
Rhode Island (4)
Tennessee (11)

Now, the map is starting to fill in! This is the first big haul of the night and should level things off for Clinton as many traditionally blue states come in. In fact, I expect Clinton to take the lead from Trump during this hour of coverage.

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You’ll notice Florida isn’t red or blue. That’s right. Settle in, kids. I think it’s going to be another bumpy ride in the Sunshine State! Yipeeee!! And yes, we’re still waiting on North Carolina, too.

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8:30 p.m. EST: Arkansas Checks in
Polls are closing in :
Arkansas (6)

Seems hardly worth a whole lot of fanfare for one, puny state that we already know is going to Trump. But don’t be surprised if North Carolina’s on the board by now; and I expect it to go blue for Clinton.

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9 p.m. EST…Trump’s Last Stand (?)
Polls close in 13 states:
Arizona (11)
Colorado (9)
Kansas (6)
Louisiana (8)
Michigan (16)
Minnesota (10)
Nebraska (5)
New Mexico (5)
New York (29)
South Dakota (3)
Texas (38)
Wisconsin (10)
Wyoming (3)

This is probably the most predictable set of states, really. Texas is a red, red state. New York is a blue, blue state. What’s worth pointing out here is Texas represents Trump’s last shot at a monster state (”…ahem!” says Florida). Texas is Trump’s Alamo (ha!) of sorts. But, yes, Florida is still hanging out there at this hour and could—could—prove pivotal…but not without help.

At any rate, it will still be a bit of a nail-biter at this hour because Michigan might take its time coming in…causing the Clinton campaign to likely begin drinking heavily as they have to white-knuckle it for another hour.

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10 p.m. EST…Reply Hazy…Try Again
Polls close in four states:
Iowa (6)
Montana (3)
Nevada (6)
Utah (6)

Trump gets a trickle of votes here. Nevada is going to take a few more minutes past the 10 p.m. hour to make up its mind, I think. But by now, Michigan should be called for Clinton, so everyone in her camp gets their belts and shoelaces returned to them. Nevertheless, it’s still a tight one (on paper, at least).

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11 p.m. EST…THIS IS THE HOUR WE ELECT A NEW PRESIDENT
Polls close in six states:
California (55)
Hawaii (4)
Idaho (4)
North Dakota (3)
Oregon (7)
Washington (12)

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Hillary Clinton will become President-elect Clinton around 11 p.m. EST.

And the winner is…

The only states left blank on the map at this point are Alaska and (perhaps) Florida. But it’s all perfunctory at this point. Trump will be drawing dead.

The only real drama will be whether or not he concedes.

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1 a.m. EST…oh yeah…Alaska
Polls close in one state:
Alaska (3)

Trump’s last gasp comes in the wee hours from our friends to the north in Seward’s Icebox. I also have a sinking hunch he’s going to wrest Florida away from Clinton, but it won’t really matter at this point. President-elect Clinton will be tapping her watch, waiting for Trump’s call.

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Reflections
A month ago, I wouldn’t have predicted this close a race. I think Trump got his ass handed to him in the debates. I think he’s completely outgunned on policy, issues and basic understanding of civics and the job of being president. But I’m also keenly aware people are voting in anger this year. Many of those people also are holding to the myth of Hillary Clinton as this force of evil—a myth largely concocted by a.m. talk radio shouters, Trumpian distortions and Fox News.

But everyone gets to vote and there are no rules on how one decides their votes.

And, let’s be honest: I could be completely wrong. Take a look at this map below. These are the last four swing states, in my estimation:

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Remember when I talked about deviations and unpredictability? The importance of Virginia and North Carolina to both candidates cannot be understated. Nevada may or may not matter, but those two states that share a border on the East Coast are holding more cards than any other states. Watch what they do tomorrow night. If they go red, we could be looking at a Trump presidency.

That is no joke.

Happy voting, everyone!

By the way…in case you wondered what I use for my predictive modeling, I ain’t tellin’!

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beware the ides of march…bernie.

Okay, so I was wrong. Again.

Before we start, let’s get the Republican side of this out of the way. We already know the story—Drumpf wins a bunch of states, Kasich wins his home state, Rubio was rejected by nearly EVERYONE in his home state and Cruz remains a smug, sweaty, chinless weasel. There. No need to talk about them anymore.

Moving on…

Ahead of tonight’s (rather undramatic) installment of America’s favorite reality show, Super Tuesday, I predicted Sanders would win Illinois and/or Ohio, but Clinton would carry the big prizes of the night: Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

Clinton wins Ohio

Hillary Clinton’s Ohio victory might be the death blow for the Sanders campaign.

I was wrong.

Much to the chagrin of Sanders supporters—and shock, I’m assuming—it was all Clinton tonight. She locked down big wins in crucial swing states Florida, North Carolina and Ohio early Tuesday night, sparing a considerable amount of drama and taking the wind out of Bernie Sanders’ sails that were deflated of all that Michigan wind he gathered at his back a week ago. Clinton then went on to claim a close victory in her home state of Illinois and is clinging to a scant 1,500 vote lead in Missouri. We won’t call it a clean sweep, but it is a decisive night for Clinton. And one thing is perfectly clear: Hillary Clinton is going to win the Democratic Party nomination. Fair and square.

After the polls betrayed Clinton in Michigan last Tuesday, nobody knew what to expect tonight. Could the polls be believed after being so completely inaccurate in Michigan? Turns out, yes. The polls are to be believed.

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Source: CNN, FiveThirtyEight.com

Michigan was the outlier, not the beginning of a trend.

So, moving forward, what does this mean for the Democratic race to the nomination? It means Sanders is pretty much down to one bullet in the chamber. I don’t expect him to bow out of the race—and I don’t want him to do that—but would need to win every state by wide margins from this point forward. Even he knows the likelihood of that happening now is slim to none.

Make no mistake, though; Sanders still has a powerful voice in this campaign and can still motivate many people to champion his cause, but the million dollar question is will Sanders motivate them to get behind Clinton or not? He has said all along he would support Clinton if she wins the nomination. She hasn’t won it yet, so he should continue to fight the good fight, I say. But he and his supporters need to gear up for the inevitable. That doesn’t mean the Sanders message gets lost, though. In my mind, he’s already won the primary season. Sanders forced Clinton and the Democratic Party to pay attention to the left wing of the base; something party leadership seems wont to ignore and tamp down, sometimes.

No, party leadership did not rig the system against Sanders, so let’s put that one away for good. By my count, Clinton has pulled in about 2.5 million more votes than Sanders, thus far. I won’t call that a mandate, but it tells me the people have spoken.

That being said, I hope the Sanders and Clinton supporters can form a coalition come November and recognize their goals are closer than some realize. You say you want a revolution? Good. Then put it to work and carry the message forward, if not the candidate.

EDIT: According to MSNBC, here’s the delegate breakdown from last night.

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super tuesday, episode iii.

20140207091635-VoteForTheOtherGuy_indiegogo_cropToday is Super Tuesday, Episode III: Attack of the Drumpf. Unless there’s a big shakeup in Florida, the Republican nomination could be well in hand for a certain orange bully. The Democratic side is significantly more interesting, in the sense that nobody trusts any of the polling data after Michigan last week.

Here’s what I think is going to happen today…

First, for the Republicans
Although the races are going to tighten up, Trump will win Illinois, Florida, Missouri and North Carolina. John Kasich is going to win his home state of Ohio, thus, keeping himself alive in the hopes of a brokered convention. Cruz may steal a state (Missouri?), but Trump will still widen his lead.

The real news is it becomes a three-horse race, as Marco Rubio is going to lose his home state and be out of the running.

If Trump does, in fact, win the winner-takes-all state of Florida, he will essentially be daring the Republican Party to not give him the nomination.

This soap opera is far from over.

Speaking of Soap Operas, the Democrats!
Races in Illinois, Missouri and Ohio have tightened, so don’t be surprised if Sanders grabs one or two of these states. Clinton has a three-point lead in Illinois and Sanders is up by 1 point in Missouri. Both are well within the margins and could go in either direction. I think Sanders steals one or both.

Ohio is a bit of a wild card right now, if you ask me. Current polls show Clinton leading by 14 points, but I don’t trust it after Michigan last week. My gut tells me Clinton wins Ohio as well as Florida and North Carolina.

What does that mean for Sanders? Simple: not dead yet. Clinton will likely widen her delegate lead (actual delegates, so enough with the super delegate whining already, Bernie Bros!), but Sanders will still have enough in the tank to keep the campaign going.

While the Republican primaries are providing more salacious TV, the Democrats have a bit of a civil war brewing, too. It’ll be interesting to see how party leadership on both sides strives to achieve unity heading into November.

In the meantime, enjoy the drama. Tonight is going to feel as close to November election coverage as we’re going to get.

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super tuesday of reckoning.

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Super Tuesday is upon us and it’s going to be fairly straightforward. This Super Tuesday is going to be a day of reckoning where the frontrunners pull ahead and don’t look back. Who’s going to win? You already know, but let’s go through this pointless exercise anyway; just for fun. Before we start, let’s recap where we are, with the delegate count.

Republicans
Trump: 82
Cruz: 17
Rubio: 16
Kasich: 6
Carson: 4

Needed to win: 1,237 (out of 2,340)

Democrats
Clinton: 546
Sanders: 87

Needed to win: 2,383 (out of 4,132)

The parties’ headcounts are slightly different, but you get the point. Now, I have no idea how the parties decide which candidate gets how many delegates if they win. Not every state is “winner takes all.”

Republican Super Tuesday States
A total of 594 delegates are up for grabs today. If one candidate scores decisive victories in most of the states, he will be the likely nominee. Yeah, you know what that means: Trump. He won’t win Texas, but here’s how the day should break down:

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Democratic Super Tuesday States
Things are more interesting on this side of Super Tuesday, but only in a handful of states: Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oklahoma. We already know Sanders will win Vermont by the wides of margins. He is currently holding a slim lead in Oklahoma and we have no idea what’s happening in the caucus states of Colorado and Oklahoma. Everything else? Clinton. Period.

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Yes, I do think Sanders will win Minnesota. Call it a hunch, based upon Minnesota’s very liberal nature.

Will those three states be enough to keep Sanders competitive? Doubtful. Massachusetts is the state he really needs, and Clinton is pulling away from him.

Is it Over Yet?
After Super Tuesday? Probably not, but the results are nearly imminent. Trump and Clinton will take commanding leads, while the cast of also-rans will spin it as though they’re still in it. That may be true on the Republican side, if the also-rans drop out and throw their voters behind a single candidate.

On the Democratic side, Sanders supporters won’t give up, despite what could be pretty stark horizons. Nevertheless, Super Tuesday is Clinton’s to lose. While losing three states isn’t preferred by any candidate, the reality is Clinton has locked down support in delegate-heavy states.

Conclusion
Get ready for Trump vs. Clinton rhetoric, from now until November.

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elections lack of voting has consequences.

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Elections have consequences. People get the government they deserve.

These two cliches have been playing in my head for the past few years as I watch my birth state of Michigan suffer under the rule of Gov. Rick Snyder. It was no surprise the Republican handily won the gubernatorial election in 2010 after eight relatively lackluster years with Democrat Jennifer Granholm running the state.

What is a surprise is Snyder was re-elected in 2014.

Rick Snyder: The Fiefdom Governor
The “tough nerd” showed his true colors almost immediately. Included in Snyder’s first budget, shifting tax burdens away from businesses and onto pensions in the name of “economic growth.” He also expanded the emergency manager powers, which has turned into the hallmark of Snyder’s reign as Michigan’s governor.

Since Snyder took office, he’s implemented emergency managers 15 times, typically in predominantly African-American populated cities, such as Flint, Detroit and Benton Harbor. That’s more than Michigan’s previous two governors combined.

How’s that working out? Well, we already know what happened in Flint. Benton Harbor has been in a nonstop battle over a golf course; a battle that was exacerbated by the installment of an emergency manager (by Granholm, in April 2010) who stayed until March 2014, nearly the entirety of Snyder’s first term. And it was under Snyder that the controversial golf course project was launched.

Detroit was taken into bankruptcy under Snyder’s appointed manager, Kevyn Orr, and the results are…well, it depends on whom you ask. Did Orr save Detroit or kick the can down the road? The million dollar question: did emergency managers actually affect long-term, positive solutions that couldn’t be accomplished through elected government in those cities?

Lest we forget Snyder’s use of emergency managers includes his support for a 2012 law expanding emergency manager powers, despite being rejected by Michigan voters. Of course, Snyder and his allies enacted this piece of legislation after he was re-elected; after the will of the people was recorded on this matter…and promptly ignored by the governor. That is an absolute fact.

Lack of Voter Turnout = Rick Snyder’s Re-election
Shady work on the emergency manager laws notwithstanding, it’s not as though Snyder waited until his second term to spring his ultra-conservative agenda on Michiganders. The expansion and usage of emergency managers happened in his first term along with killing tax breaks for pensioners to make up for giving tax breaks to state businesses.

So how did a guy who is clearly a hardline conservative manage to win re-election in a state that hasn’t gone to a Republican presidential candidate since 1988? Simple: voter turnout, or lack thereof.

Turnout for Michigan’s 2014 gubernatorial election was 41.6 of the voter-age population; its lowest since 1990. By contrast, 66 percent and 63 percent of voting-age Michiganders turned out to the polls in 2008 and 2012, respectively. It doesn’t take a mathematician to glean from this all those Obama voters—who are typically Democrats—stayed home in 2014 (and 2010, really, when voting-age turnout was 42.9 percent).

Check out this article at Drawing Detroit. A county-by-county review of voter turnout in 2014 yields a troubling reality: less than 40 percent of voting-age adults came to the polls in 13 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Even worse, all but one of Snyder’s emergency managers have been implemented in four of those 13 counties: Berrien County (Benton Harbor), Genesee County (Flint), Muskegon County (Muskegon Schools) and Wayne County (Allen Park, Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park).

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Graphic courtesy of DrawingDetroit.com.

According to U.S. Census data, these four counties account for more than 25 percent of the state of Michigan’s voting age population, yet more than 1 million people in those counties did not exercise their rights to vote. A shade more than 128,000 votes separated Snyder from his second term as governor and unemployment. Suddenly, that figure seems ridiculously small when you consider the number of people who didn’t vote.

Elections Have Consequences
Given what has happened in Flint, it’s difficult to look at the 2014 election results and realize the consequences were dire. In addition to Snyder’s re-election, Republicans also gained four State Senate seats to push their majority to 63 – 47. Big deal, right? Well, considering two of those elections took place in low turnout counties and the results were separated by 547 and 58 votes respectively, I’d say the results are most definitely a big deal.

Every Four Years Ain’t Cuttin’ It
A common refrain this election year is “the system is rigged” against the middle class, college students, women, etc. Sadly, many of these same people shouting about the “rigged” system have only themselves to blame. Voters ages 18 – 29 are among the loudest voices in 2016, as they were in 2008 and 2012. But something happens between presidential elections and mid-term elections that renders this voting bloc MIA. In 2014—an election year with the lowest voter turnout since WWII—14 million fewer 18 – 29 voters turned out at the polls.

No, college student. The system isn’t rigged. The system is largely ignored. By your peers. That’s why your issues are not top-of-mind the same way health care and social security are mainstay political issues. You don’t get to complain about a rigged system if you’re a half-time participant in the process. If you only show up once every four years, you just might be getting the government you deserve.

According to BallotPedia.org, Michigan does not allow for: early voting, online voter registration, same-day registration or “no-excuse” absentee voting. Some might argue these factors present barriers to voting and they’d be correct. However, there is no direct, causal relationship between these barriers and low voter turnout. Look at the state of Illinois, by comparison. It allows for early voting, online and same-day registration as well as no-excuse absentee voting and its turnout was lower than Michigan’s in 2014.

In the end, it’s incumbent upon the voters to motivate themselves to get to the polls on Election Day.

You Get the Government Someone Else Thinks You Deserve.
Given what’s happened in Genesee County, specifically, I’d never blame the voters or non-voters for the failings of its state government. However, it’s plain to see if you don’t vote, you get the government someone else thinks you deserve. There’s only one way to reverse this trend.

Vote.

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indiana republicans – 1; indiana democrats – 0.

A couple weeks ago, the CEO for Angie’s List came out loud and strong against the passage and signing of Indiana’s new, so-called “religious freedom” act. The Indianapolis-based company took a position alongside several other large corporations in voicing opposition to the bill, which many argued provided legal cover to discriminate against people, based upon sexual orientation.

Former Angie's List CEO is testing the waters to possibly give Indiana governor Mike Pence a primary challenge.

Former Angie’s List CEO is testing the waters to possibly give Indiana governor Mike Pence a primary challenge.

In the weeks since all the hullaballoo, that Angie’s List CEO, William Oesterle, hasn’t given up his fight against the supermajority of Republicans in Indiana and its (in over his head) Republican governor Mike Pence. Oesterle feels the “fix” to the RFRA legislation did not go far enough and has continued his fight. He stepped down as Angie’s List’s CEO and is now eyeing a run for governor. Did we mention Oesterle is a Republican? In fact, Oesterle was a staffer to former Indiana governor and Republican darling Mitch Daniels.

Already, there are rumblings from the right that Oesterle stands no chance in Indiana by ignoring the social conservatives in Indiana. But here’s my question: where the hell are the Democrats?

Once again, Indiana’s Democratic Party can’t seem to organize a carwash. Here is one of the biggest political bombshells dropped in state politics anywhere and all the state Democrats have been able to muster are a few emails soliciting donations and a rally at the Statehouse. That’s all fine and good, but what they failed to do was show any level of leadership. They failed to capitalize on the momentum in a way that puts a face to their agenda the same way as Oesterle. Ideas don’t win elections. People win elections.

It is not hyperbole to say Mike Pence’s political career is going up in flames. According to Howey Politics Indiana, Pence’s approval rating dropped from 62 percent in February to 45 percent this month. His disapproval rating shot up to 46 percent. By a 2-to-1 margin, respondents of the same poll also said the RFRA bill was not needed. Seems voters were willing to forgive Pence for his previous boneheaded moves as governor, but the unneeded RFRA legislation (after ignoring virtually everyone outside his bubble) has proven to be a bridge too fare; even for Republican voters.

What have the Democrats done with this? Nothing. That sound you hear is nothing but crickets chirping through the night. Who’s stepping forth as the person who will unseat Mike Pence in 2016? No one. Well, no one from the opposition party—whose Indiana General Assembly members could caucus in a phone booth, thanks to tanking in the last three election cycles (and showing no signs of getting out of its own death spiral in the upcoming election).

But who did step up to give a voice and a face to opposition to Mike Pence and opposition to social conservatism? A Republican.

Could Oesterle actually stage a successful insurrection and knock off a wobbly, incumbent? Don’t be surprised if he does. After all, this is a state where social conservatives rallied behind Richard Mourdock and defeated popular and longstanding Republican senator Richard Lugar. It could most certainly happen if enough independents and Democrats choose to vote on a Republican ballot in the state’s primary election, but that’s a long way down the road.

Pence better hope Hillary has a legitimate challenger in her White House bid, otherwise state Democrats will have little reason to not vote on a Republican ballot in the primary…if they want to be rabble rousers.

Indiana’s Democratic Party needs to get in the ring for 2016. It’s only been a few weeks since the RFRA debacle and they’re already losing ground to Republicans. Again. The sad reality is, until Democrats put forth candidates the people can identify, identify with and can support, Republicans will continue to eat their lunch.

Time for Democrats to get hungry and steal it back.

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