Yes, we all know its going to be bad for Democrats in the next election. Obama at the top of the ticket, No credible candidate running for the US senate, Not much hope in any of the the US house races, Redistricting that is fair, big disparities in the campaign coffers between the two parties, overwhelming support for the Republican agenda with solid popular results, Better Republican candidates and nothing for Dems to run on.
But give Democrat party chair Chip forester credit. He is thinking of how to claim wins for losing. In announcing the Democrats non plan, plan he is claiming...
"the party's present strength in the Legislature could be reduced to as few as 24 seats in the House (versus 34 now) and eight in the Senate (versus 14 now). That's "the line" of solidly Democratic seats after retirements, redistricting and such."
While I would love to see it, even I think that is a little grandiose. In the senate, Most Republicans expect to pick up 4 seats this election cycle. 5 would be nice. 6? Well, lets say I wouldn't bet the farm. In the house, 6 new Republican seats would be acceptable. 8 would be nice. 10? Well, it would take a total collapse by the Democrats in Tennessee.
Not to say it cant happen but I think it will take 2 to 4 more years to get there. I think after this election the Republican numbers will be so big (Even with moderate gains) that the fundraising ability will continue to grow for Republicans. The older Democrats will realize they are relegated to total insignificance and a change back to the "bad old days" is not in the cards. A few more Dems will decide to retire. Republicans will really zero in on the few Democrats left in winnable districts and we will wipe them out. Then we will hit those kinds of numbers. Possibly even a few more.
I guess Chip is trying to think about election night as Republican wins roll in and several democrats roll out. I guess he will try to claim a "victory" for not getting as crushed as he predicted but I wouldn't call it much of a victory. More like a stay of execution.