Are you upset with the Republican control of the United States? Blame the Democrats. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the United States with 32% of Americans identifying as Democrat and 23% as Republican. Counting those inclined to vote for a party doesn’t really change anything proportionally with 48% of the population leaning Democrat and 39% Republican. Given this differential, one wonders why the GOP is the more powerful party in the United States. The Republicans control the House and Senate, 31 of the 50 governorships (62%), and 69 of the 99 state legislatures (69%), far in excess of what the voter affiliation numbers would suggest. It’s the fault of the Democrats. While more people identify themselves as or align with the Democrats, many fewer of them voter. Half of the some 93 million Americans who were eligible to vote in 2012 but do not were Democrats or leaning to the Democrats versus less than third being or leaning Republican. That’s 46 million votes that the Democrats basically left on the table. That’s 43% of the Democratic leaning population of eligible voters that do not vote. To contrast, 30% of non-voters are Republican or leaning that way did not vote, about 28 million people, 35% of the Republican-leaning constituency. Stepping up Democratic engagement in the political process by getting merely fifteen percent of Democratic-leaning non-voters to cast a ballot would result in some 7 million more votes being cast. To give you an idea of what that means, Obama’s popular vote margin the 2012 election was less than 5 million votes. To be successful, Democratic leadership need to refocus its resources away from costly political ads and towards effective get out the vote efforts. Into mid-August, HRC and HRC supporters spent $104 million on ads whereas in 2014, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent all of $60 million on get out the vote efforts. Getting more people to the polls will be vastly more effective across all contests then shoring up HRC's campaign with glitzy, vapid ads.