Why did the Supreme Court announce that it’ll take up a state level voting rights case in the next term? Because it wanted to goad the media into pushing doomsday clickbait about the 2024 election, so you’ll be too dejected to try to put in the work required to win in 2022.
What’s disappointing is how eagerly and automatically so many folks on our side end up falling for these kinds of scare tactics every time. We don’t have any way of knowing what the court will do with that case, if it’ll even happen, if an embattled Clarence Thomas will still be on the bench by then, and so on.
Moreover, there is nothing we can do about that upcoming case, beyond working to elect more Democrats in the midterms in an effort to expand the court. Instead the court has baited us into sitting around idly fretting over how we’re all doomed.
Far too many liberal political “activists” wake up in the morning looking for some arbitrary doomsday narrative to sit around and idly fret over, as an excuse to not have to put in any work toward trying to win any battles.
Accordingly, the vast majority of liberal political analysts, journalists, hosts, commentators, and pundits see this as an opportunity to get clicks and go viral, just by taking the absolute worst case scenario and insisting it has a 100% chance of happening.
The right wing knows this, and they manipulate the process. They announce they’re going to take up this case down the road, so liberal pundits will announce that we’re all doomed, and liberal activists will sit around doing nothing instead of putting in the work to win battles.
We simply cannot afford to gullibly fall for this kind of bait. Sitting around lamenting about how we’re all doomed is not “vigilance” or “activism” or “being real.” It’s the precise opposite. That kind of defeatism not only keeps you and those activists around you from putting in the kind of work necessary to win an election, it also convinces everyone in your circle that there’s no point in voting because it’s supposedly not going to matter anyway.
Step one in winning any election is to stop with the talk about how we’re “doomed.” That’s how you stop costing your side votes. Step two is to start donating, volunteering, or spreading the word about the competitive races in the 2022 midterms. Start by signing up for more information about these nine crucial Senate races:
Pennsylvania – Ohio – Florida – North Carolina – Wisconsin – Arizona – Georgia – New Hampshire – Nevada
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report