9 Months Out, Midterm Campaigns Are Already Heating Up

The midterms are less than nine moths away, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Democrats believe that giving the GOP another two years in power could be catastrophic, especially since it implies tacit support of their agenda. Republicans, meanwhile, hope that if they can hold onto their majorities — or even potentially grow into a super majority in the Senate — they will be able to continue their far-right policies without concerns for retribution from voters.

No wonder both parties are already bringing out the big guns.

For the Democrats, that means enlisting former President Barack Obama. Many hope that his popularity and grassroots movement building will strike a nostalgic note with voters who were better off two years ago than they are today — voters who didn’t have to worry about losing their health insurance, seeing family members deported or fearing that their schools, businesses and communities will be decimated under the continuing threat of the Trump administration.

According to the Associated Press, the new Obama-led campaign will work specifically on races that could be key to the upcoming redistricting process — a major concern for progressives who saw their government representation shrink, despite growing popular support, due to the massive gerrymandering of districts in GOP-controlled state legislatures.

“In 2011, Republicans created gerrymandered districts that locked themselves into power and shut out voters from the electoral process,” announced former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who will be leading the initiative backed by President Obama. “By focusing on these state and local races, we can ensure Democrats who will fight for fairness have a seat at the table when new maps are drawn in 2021.”

The group is targeting nine gubernatorial races, 18 legislative chambers, two ballot initiatives and two down-ballot races in eleven different states, and they will continue to watch eight other states to see if they should be added to the target list, according to the A.P. The initial investment is “millions of dollars.”

The GOP won’t be sitting on its thumbs, either, and Republicans will be coordinating their efforts with actual sitting administration members — something normally considered to be breaking the fine line between governing and campaigning.

The Hill announced that a number of President Donald Trump’s senior advisors will break precedent to bring separate cell phones inside the White House in order to allow them to do political and campaign work while performing their administrative duties:

The move is designed to allow top aides to coordinate political activities with the RNC without breaking federal ethics and record-keeping laws or the White House’s recent ban on personal devices in the West Wing. The official told The Hill that the phones will be “heavily regulated” in order to “ensure we are not using official devices for political purposes and to ensure that we are doing this above board.”

While, technically, White House officials are allowed to do a small bit of campaigning, the Hatch Act limits these activities and restricts actively coordinating and campaigning on behalf of candidates. That legislation has already been mostly ignored, as President Trump continues to turn every public event into a campaign rally. In Ohio, for instance, a rally promoting his tax package turned into a musing on how Republicans will do in 2018 — and then again in 2020 — and what can be done to keep the president in office.

Of course, it’s no surprise that the GOP may be getting scared. Winning the House has gone from a pipe dream to a potential reality for Democrats. Although there are a few Democrats in vulnerable conservative districts stepping down — most recently Minnesota Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan, who comes from a predominately red rural district — the number of Republicans retiring far outnumbers them. And Democrats are challenging a vast number of sitting GOP incumbents, too.

According to the Washington Post, there are now so many seats in play in 2018 that if the Democrats just win their own seats back, as well as the toss-up races, they would win the majority by one seat. Meanwhile, the Senate is looking even closer to changing party hands, as Democrats hold a massive fundraising advantage over their Republican counterparts.

A lot can change in nine months, and given that the primaries are months away, we may not even know the official match-ups for many of these seats. Regardless, things continue to look up for Democrats. No wonder the White House is so scared.

Photo credit: Bjoertvedt, via Wikimedia Commons

27 comments

Diane Pease
Diane P4 months ago

Won't talk about gun control, paying off porn stars, screwing with medicare, supporting wife beaters and sexual harassers (except Franken-democrat), taking a father away from his family, mocking the handicapped, calling Mexicans rapists and murderers, calling certain countries "shit hole countries", spent more money on his golfing and vacations in one year than the last guy spent in 8, destroying protections for endangered wildlife and the environment. I just read an article about 144 jobs that were available on 3 of his properties. Only one of those jobs was given to an American. I could go on and on. The biggest s**t hole is between his ears! This is a disgusting dictatorship. The only thing this jerk cares about is himself and his destructive agenda. He does not care about the American people. His popularity among his own party is going down the toilet. Enough is enough!

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sharon b
sharon b4 months ago

It takes everyone to make change. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

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Winn A
Winnie A4 months ago

Thanks

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Winn A
Winnie A4 months ago

Most all GOP candidates in all 50 states need to be voted out of office when they come up for reelection.

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Danuta W
Danuta W4 months ago

thank you for posting

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Anne M
Anne Moran4 months ago

Oh no,, not again !!

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld4 months ago

Cruel,
The Republicans have been in power for over a year. They have not passed these types of laws yet. Why do you think that next year would be any different? If they were trying to do so, they would do so now, while they have control.

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Angela G
Angela G4 months ago

help us all

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Cathy B
Cathy B4 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Robert Fitzgerald
Robert Fitzgerald4 months ago

http://www.signsofthetimeshistory.com/------There are two things to know about this election and all elections moving forward. Astrological ages are very accurate describing history going back some 11,000 years. The future is progressive and liberal. Age of Aquarius, coming in 2160. We just got out of the Aquarius Era of the Age of Pisces, 1800 to 1980. The modern, scientific, technological world is what we have today because of progressive, liberal energies. Liberal democrats are trying to move us forward into the new age. Conservative Republicans are much more religious and are trying to take us back to a past that only exists in their minds, and that we can never get back anyway. Following the Aquarius Era, we are now in the highly religious Pisces Era of the Age of Pisces, 1980 to 2160. The fear-driven conservative brain answers to the unnamed fears of Pisces with a deep need for control and a strong Pisces religious doctrine to mindlessly follow. This double Pisces time period will likely be a time of immense Pisces loss and dissolution. The ONLY way through this is forward. Liberal Democrats are focused on moving forward. The other part of this is the already stated goal of the religious right to dismantle democracy and replace it with theocracy. Many have already openly declared that God's law supercedes the Constitution. How would a theocracy work? Look at the judgment, death and darkness of the medieval church period, especially the ce

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