So close to Election 2014, all thinking should be tactical now, but apparently not. Political mood matters in Congressional elections, and here is a list of things to consider:
1. Congress is judged most poorly by the electorate
2. Divisive and dysfunctional government has hurt the economy and the Middle Class
3. Too much business remains undone: Health care for uninsured Americans, Immigration Reform, Voting Rights Act modernization, Gun Control, and Tax Reform
4. Large questions loom about economic sustainability that is witnessed more as problem symptoms
5. Quality of candidates and incumbents for elected positions
As the political parties focus on winning, The Hill reports that Republicans are in chaos. Democrats can build a strong argument for voting for them because they can say that they know what they are doing and trying to accomplish, and it is aligned with what most Americans need and want.
By comparison, Republicans have become the party of “no” and “zero”: no to everything while having zero solutions.
"Democrats hope GOP chaos in fall will help them win back House
By Cameron Joseph - 08/23/13 05:20 AM ET
Democrats are banking that a chaotic autumn will convince voters the GOP is damaging the economy and help their party pick up House seats in 2014.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been pushing the chaos theme, arguing House Republicans are willing to shut down the government and injure the nation’s credit in order to win ideological battles in Washington.
“Americans are fed up with House Republicans' gridlock and obstruction - but most importantly, they're frustrated with the lack of progress on issues that matter, like working together to create good jobs, protecting Medicare and reducing our deficit in a balanced way,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) told The Hill.”