While many Republican leaders are still licking their wounds
from major defeats in the recent general election, Democrats are
already gearing up for 2014. A former GOP presidential candidate
recalls that the Democrats didn't give up after losses in 2000,
2004 or 2010, and he says the GOP shouldn't either.
Democrats picked up two Senate seats in November and soundly
defeated the GOP in the presidential race. With 20 Democratic seats
up for re-election in 2014, Democrats are busy strategizing to not
only maintain the party's Senate majority, but also to make gains
in the House.
While Gary Bauer, president of American
Values, shares in the frustration with the outcome of this
year's elections, he says now is not the time to take a break.
"Good men and women around the country -- conservatives, men and
women of faith -- who are saying to me Gary, I'm so
disappointed. I need to take six months off now from worrying about
this stuff and fighting on this stuff and recharge my batteries and
then see what I want to do next."
And while Democrats initially were critical of well-funded super
PACs, Bauer claims they plan to keep many political action
committees functional throughout the next four years.
"They see this as a war, and they intend to win," he asserts.
"Our opponents are building a political juggernaut in their ongoing
crusade to remake America into a country that ultimately we will
In the next Congress, all the House GOP committee chairs will be
white males. For a party seeking to widen its reach, former Speaker
Newt Gingrich (R) says that set-up is "by definition, not
"I am optimistic about our chances in two years, but the left
isn't waiting a year or more to start planning; it is planning now,
and so are we," Bauer concludes.