How the Democrats can win back the House and keep the Senate -- in 6 steps
By Joel Silberman, guest blogger
In addition to laying out his administration's priorities for the coming year, when President Obama gives his State of the Union address Tuesday night, he will also be kicking off the 2014 political campaign season. Sure, some candidates have already had ads up for months, but there's a difference between preseason and regulation play, and the inflection point is the SOTU. If the president and his party play their cards right, starting Tuesday night and continuing on through November, they may just manage to beat the odds, take back the House and keep the Senate -- and maybe even do some good in the process.
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1) Begin with the premise that the public hates everyone, including (but not exclusively) you.( Michael Mathes / AFP/Getty Images )
Political analysts often make the mistake of forecasting future elections based on the current political environment, which is kind of like a meteorologist predicting rain in 10 months because it's cloudy now. To wit: In the immediate wake of the government shutdown in October, serious people started talking seriously about the possibility of Democrats taking over the House in 2014. But then the HealthCare.gov debacle hit and the polls shifted and all of a sudden those projections seemed myopic.
The sensible takeaway from these dramatic polling shifts is not that people are bouncing from one party to another but rather that they are in despair that the entire system isn't working.