Had the establishment had its way in 1980, George Bush would have been the nominee, Jimmy Carter would have gotten a second term and the Soviet Union would still control Europe from Poland to Yugoslavia.
Reports of the death of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are premature, as Mark Twain might put it. No matter how awful Obamacare is, as long as the public accepts a mandate to buy insurance, the law survives.
On the state level, Republicans have their largest contingent in the House of Delegates in 80 years. But every one of those 46 Republican delegates (out of 100) who choose to seek another term had better work harder in 2014 to get re-elected as they did in 2012 because there is one big name missing from the ballot this year - Barack Obama.
No one attracted more conservatives in West Virginia to the polls in 2012 than our president. Turnout in 2014 will be considerably lower. The Democratic Party has a deep bench in local races. Democratic gains are more likely than Republican ones.
Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito needs no lectures on taking nothing for granted, but Democrat Natalie Tennant is tenacious. Experts give Capito the edge. If so, she could help in the legislative races, but Republicans should not rely on that.
Meanwhile, liberals are searching for an alternative to Hillary Clinton just as they did eight years ago. Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post suggested Caroline Kennedy may be a contender.
Has Rubin, like, um, you know, ever heard Kennedy speak? She sounds like a Valley Girl and that may have cost her any consideration for the U.S. Senate four years ago.
That is how I sketch your world today. By December, the year 2014 will look far different than it does in January, just as 2013 did.
Surber's email is DonSur...@DailyMailWV.com.