Now that the holidays have passed, and the new Congress will be starting tomorrow, I went looking for a post I had started to draft weeks ago to begin to take a look at our fundraising efforts – what we raised, who we raised it for, and evaluate our choices against election outcomes.
What I found instead were the starts of two posts: one about what was at stake in this election, and what we were doing about it, and another talking about what should have been a perfect storm for republicans, but wasn’t.
Together, they seem like a pretty good introduction to the posts where we assess election outcomes in November and our contributions to them.
Let’s start with this comment from kalakal (from weeks ago) that I thought should be more widely seen:
I have a feeling – and though I may be channeling my inner Pollyanna here, I’m going with it – that the party that is in trouble after these elections is the GOP.
This should have been a perfect storm for them.
Midterms against a relatively unpopular president whose considerable achievements have been obscured by GOP smears and MSM stooges. A partisan judiciary with its fingers on the scales so hard that masked goons with AR15s at drop off boxes isn’t seen as a problem. Poll workers quitting after death threats.
Billionaires pouring money into the propaganda campaigns, whipping astro turf movements and panics over made up issues CRT? Defund the police?
A robust economy portrayed by the MSM as on the verge of collapse, ditto ending a forever war.
Decades of gerrymandering & voter suppression and yet…
We held firm. Could it have been better? Of course, but we are going to pick up a senate seat, Michigan has kicked the bastards in the crotch at all local levels, secretary of state & governor pickups across the nation. All abortion ballots went our way. Election denying candidates nearly all lost. With the senate Biden still gets to appoint judges.
The GOP are going into a civil war over TFG. Even if they get a small majority in the house their fruitcakes are going to make our problems with Manchin & Sinema look like nothing. Sadly Dobbs will take it’s tragic toll, they got punished for that vileness last week and will be in the next election even more. Putin isn’t going to be around to ratfuck.
As was pointed out above voters under 30 cancelled out voters over 65, by 2024 there will be 7 million fewer voters over 65 and 9 million more under 30.
Not only was the Red Wave a Ripple, it may very well have been the Crest.
Those all seem like good things to keep in mind as we lose control of the House and are heading into a shitshow, courtesy of the new landlords.
And, before we start reflecting on our contributions to the November Surprise (suck on it, GOP) let’s go back in time to shortly before the election. Are you willing to watch this one-minute ad from September?
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) September 14, 2022
We all had a role to play in this election. What was your part?
No brag, just fact.