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Dear Editor:

GOTV is not a new cable channel. It stands for “Get Out The Vote” and you can count on one thing come the November mid-term elections: both parties will be manning the phones and ringing door bells to encourage voters to cast their ballots for their candidates.

The left will tout the virtues of their liberal contenders; the benefits of Obamacare, the success of their poverty programs and the benefits of the country’s new foreign policy initiatives.

The right will beckon with descriptions of the failures of the current administration; aided by its staunch liberal allies in the Senate. They’ll talk about progressive ideologies that have eroded our trust and confidence in government and the strategies of appeasement that have emboldened our foes and dismayed our allies abroad.

But, at the end of the day, it is up to each of us to make up our minds about the merits of those running for office this year, and that will require serious homework. Study their ideas and compare them to the values you cherish. Use the Internet and your local newspapers to dig into their ability to stand up for you when they get to Congress in 2015. Whether you are a conservative or a liberal, the 2014 elections will be transformational. And remember, the more liberal in outlook we become the further our nation will fall.

The mid-term elections are crucial to both parties. If the Republicans win enough seats to control both the House and the Senate, it will ensure a united front that can help restore the balance of power in Washington. If Democrats can defeat the Republican candidates, it will give obummer two more years to fulfill his socialistic ambitions for the United States.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are at stake and, while the odds are that Republicans can maintain their majority, there is wiggle room for Democrats to make headway. Some of those races will be contentious and both parties will be doing their best to ensure their runners come in first.

In the Senate, the majority is at stake and that is where the big bucks will go because 35 out of 100 seats are up for grabs. Liberal forces will seek to maintain the status quo and will focus on their most vulnerable candidates to ensure continuity. Republicans, meanwhile, are buoyed up because they believe those contenders are, indeed, very vulnerable.

In 21 races Democrats are on the defensive, and in at least 12 Red, Blue, and Purple states, the GOP smells blood and the opportunity to wrest control of the majority in the upper chamber.

The prospects for a Republican majority in the Senate this year are quite real. But, it’s impossible for anyone to predict whom the winners and the losers will be. Who comes out ahead is a role of the dice because the outcomes, to a large extent, are dependent on events that raise a candidate’s popularity and those that put him or her in the doghouse with voters. Do yer dog DD and “vote.”

Jim Sawicki

This story was posted on March 27, 2014.
  • Toodumtu

    It looks like the tide is beginning to turn as far as the Senate elections are concerned. Liberal Senators up for re-election are finding it difficult to defend their vote on the ACA (obamacare). If the GOP can get the liberal vote they will win the Senate.