Shocking news of texts between Ginni Thomas and Mark Meadows, and Alabama having continued the gutting of Roe v Wade, are the latest examples of how Republicans have used the SCOTUS to nearly destroy our democracy. Democrats continue to find new ways to protect Americans, which makes holding the House and increasing our Senate majority in the Midterms so important.
Democrats have proposed legislation dubbed the Enablers Act after release of the Pandora Papers, to shine a light on dark money in United States politics. This is one possible way to mitigate the effects of Citizens United and the Federalist Society’s influence. Also, the House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify abortion rights. Of course, we need 10 more Senate seats to enact this law. But we must start somewhere.
We must also ignore the doomsday pundits and cynical media, such as CBS News Division president Neeraj Khemlani caught on tape defending the hiring of corrupt Trump lackey Mick Mulvaney because “Republicans are going to take over in the midterms.” Or Washington Post giving Amy Klobuchar two Pinocchios for accusing Ginni Thomas of “advocating for an insurrection,” arguing Ginni condemned the attack texting “these people were not representative of Trump supporters,” while WaPo ignored Ginni’s other text stating “only 4 GOP House members seen out in street rallies with grassroots…Gohmert, Jordan, Gosar, and Roy.”
A good start would be to hold the House and gain two or three more seats in the Senate. We must also win more Governorships to thwart the draconian voter disenfranchisement and anti-right-to-choose laws in red states. Democrats are in better shape these Midterms than 2010 and 2014, due to five Republican Senate retirements. Also, Biden’s approval rating has soared in the wake of the tragic invasion of Ukraine by Russia boosting Democrats’ chances.
But Democrats need to get motivated. 70% of Republican voters are more likely than Democrats (60%) to think controlling Congress matters. We need to amplify Republican corruption. The January 6th Committee hearings in May, promise game-changing Democratic soundbites against the GOP candidates. We can and we must do this.
Chicago native Lorraine Evanoff earned her degree in French from DePaul University then became a Certified Financial Manager. She worked as a finance exec in film production for seven years in Paris, then in Silicon Valley during the dot-com era, and later for various Hollywood production companies, notably as CFO of National Lampoon. She is currently living in Los Angeles with her husband.