inothernews
inothernews:

New York City firefighters perch atop a hill of rubble after a pair of buildings collapsed in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan on Wednesday morning.  Investigators believe a gas main ruptured, setting off an explosion that leveled one apartment building and ripped off the side of another.  At least three people were killed and dozens more injured; at least eight people remain unaccounted for.  (Photo: Richard Perry / The New York Times)

inothernews:

New York City firefighters perch atop a hill of rubble after a pair of buildings collapsed in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan on Wednesday morning.  Investigators believe a gas main ruptured, setting off an explosion that leveled one apartment building and ripped off the side of another.  At least three people were killed and dozens more injured; at least eight people remain unaccounted for.  (Photo: Richard Perry / The New York Times)

2010 all over again?

Greg Sargent on last night’s special election in Florida:

Yesterday, before Republicans won the special election in Florida’s 13th district, Democrats were facing a daunting challenge for 2014: Defending Senate seats in seven states carried by Mitt Romney, amid a sluggish recovery, widespread economic pessimism and low Obama approval ratings.

Today, after Republicans won the special election in Florida’s 13th district, Democrats are facing a daunting challenge for 2014: Defending Senate seats in seven states carried by Mitt Romney, amid a sluggish recovery, widespread economic pessimism and low Obama approval ratings.

Districts like FL-13 are rare opportunities for Democrats in that they are held by Republicans but were carried by President Obama in 2012. A serious challenge to the deeply entrenched GOP control of the House will require winning this seat and others like it. So in that sense this result is discouraging.

Drawing larger conclusions about the national electorate from special elections is ill-advised, however. We’re talking about one district in a 435-seat House, and a low-turnout affair at that.

The truth is that even if Alex Sink had won yesterday’s election, Democrats would still be in bad shape heading into the mid-term elections in November. In addition to the reasons Sargent outlines above, the liberal coalition is notoriously less inclined to vote in non-presidential elections. And between the website issues and the craven refusal in red states to expand Medicaid, the worst-care scenario for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has become a reality.

At this point, we need to be realistic about limiting the damage and preventing a 2010-esque bloodbath, because the conditions that made that happen are strikingly similar to what Democrats are currently facing.