This OTYCD entry originally posted in May 2017.
Think about which incumbent members of the House of Representatives you want to support, or oppose, in 2018.
The strength, and the bane, of being a member of the House of Representatives is you have to run for re-election every two years. If you won your seat in a special election, as Greg Gianforte did in Montana, you have less time than that before you have to go a-stumping again.
Now’s the time when you should think about which members of the House of Representatives you want to throw time and money behind.
Here’s the good news: Mid-terms traditionally favor the party that’s out of power.
Here’s the better news: Democrats are PISSED by Trump and his bullshit, and the Republicans in Congress and their bullshit, and are super-motivated to chuck the latter out of office. FiveThirtyEight, in an article we’ve posted a link to below, posits that the Democrats can retake the house without making overtures to Trump voters.
Tackle this question by starting with your own House rep. Is he or she a Dem? Is he or she doing a good job? Plan on giving them your time and money.
Is your House rep a good Dem, and vulnerable to being primaried, or likely to face a Republican challenger? Plan on giving them even more time and money.
Is your House rep a Republican? If he or she is sane, and responsive to the needs of their district as a whole, consider helping.
If your House rep is an asshole Republican, plan on devoting time and money to his or her opponent.
If your House rep is a good Dem in a super-safe district or a Republican who’s unlikely to be defeated, throw some support to vulnerable Dems.
Tom O’Halleran, of Arizona’s First, might need you. He’s a rookie in a pale blue district. Same again for Stephanie Murphy of Florida’s Seventh; Jacky Rosen, of Nevada’s Third; Carol Shea-Porter, of New Hampshire’s First; and Josh Gottheimer, of New Jersey’s Fifth.Tim Walz, of Minnesota’s First, could use you, too. Elected in 2006, he’s in a tossup district that went for Trump by five points.
Alternately, you could target Republican incumbents. Steve Knight, of California’s 25th, and Darrell Issa, of California’s 49th, are vulnerable. So too is Mike Coffman of Colorado’s Sixth, Jason Lewis of Minnesota’s Second, Will Hurd of Texas’s 23rd, and Barbara Comstock of Virginia’s 10th.
Now let’s go over what form support can take. Yes, set aside some money to donate. Yes, buy and display a lawn sign or a bumper sticker. Yes, join a postcard GOTV campaign. Yes, set aside time to phone-bank. And go out on the appointed day and vote, and bring eligible friends and family with you!
For the house race that affects you directly, we at OTYCD are asking you to become fluent in the backstories and the platforms of your preferred candidate. Become an expert in House Rep Lastname or Challenger Lastname. Embrace them. Become an evangelist for them. Be ready to sell your friends and family on that person for your district.
If you can, start now. Learn what you need to know at your leisure, while we’re still in 2017. Review the material at night before you go to bed. Figure out how to express your support for House Rep/Challenger Lastname in your own words, with feeling. THAT is what convinces other people to vote–an authentic, heartfelt endorsement from someone they know and trust.
Work on it. It’ll be worth your time.
See the Wikipedia page on 2018 House of Representative elections:
Read the FiveThirtyEight piece on how Democrats don’t need Trump voters in 2018: