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There is no mid-term choice. Democrats are the only ones who defend democracy


As we inch ever closer to the November midterm elections, doomsday predictions of a bloodbath for Democrats dominate the news. It seems you can’t turn on your TV or scroll through Twitter for five minutes without being told by some pundit or other – on both sides of the political spectrum – about the dire situation Democrats face in races across the country. .

These naysayers lack the solid record on which Democrats must stand — a record that includes the not insignificant element of being the only side defending democracy itself.

Republicans have shown their laissez-faire attitude toward democracy in many ways, beginning with passing bills across the country restricting the franchise. Then there is their penchant for denying the results of the 2020 election or opposing the bipartisan commission investigating the January 6 Capitol storming, an effort to completely undermine the election process.

More recently, leaked tapes revealed what House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy really thought about Trump’s role in instigating the Jan. 6 attack, going so far as to say Trump should resign. immediately. In another recently released tape, McCarthy accused some GOP lawmakers of putting people at risk.

McCarthy was telling the truth: GOP lawmakers put their colleagues at risk and Trump should have resigned. But instead of admitting it, McCarthy attacked the press, accusing it of spreading lies.

Of course, he had to deny his condemnation of Trump; he has only defended it since January 6, fighting against the creation of an investigation into this horrible day. Meanwhile, it was Democrats (and two exiled Republicans) who worked overtime to expose Republican corruption and sedition.

President Donald Trump reportedly said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) had an “inferiority complex.” Above, Trump speaks as he is joined by McCarthy at the White House on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC
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But while the work of the January 6 Committee is crucial to stabilizing our democracy, it is only the first in a long list of accomplishments that Democrats can brag about to their constituents.

President Biden’s infrastructure bill is already working: The bill has created jobs and is already fixing roads, bridges and railroads. It is already bringing clean water to some of the poorest communities and boosting high-speed internet access across the country.

Democrats should speak nationally about these accomplishments while showing the specific locations that are being improved in their states or congressional districts. It is nothing less than a home run for the candidates who present themselves on the blue ticket.

Another big win for Democrats to brag about is the US bailout, which has helped put money directly into the pockets of the American people, helped protect them from COVID-19, and given money directly to working families. Democrats should remind voters of that and the fact that most Republicans voted against the plan.

Democrats also quickly pushed through the nomination of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, a historic victory that made Justice Jackson the first black woman on the Supreme Court, something that most Republicans opposed. Reminding voters of this achievement, and that it occurred under the most diverse administration in American history, should remind people that diversity in leadership matters.

Then there’s the fact that Biden has helped unite the Western world against Russia with the leadership shown by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats.

Finally, we need to remind Americans what Republicans stand for: a lot of nothing. Nothing good, at least. Republicans are the party of January 6, a ban on critical race theory (CRT) in schools where it is not taught, and anti-gay legislation that tackles “problems “which do not exist.

As Democrats head into the midterm elections, they need to remember one key thing: This is their election to lose. They have the record to build on and their party is the only one standing up for democracy.

If the Democratic Party can focus on a clear, consistent, and united message that simply tells the American people the truth, it will prove unbeatable.

Scott Dworkin is an author and executive director of the Democratic Coalition. He was deputy director of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and senior adviser to the Draft Biden and Run Warren Run campaigns. Follow him on Twitter: @founder.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.




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