Fight back against Trump’s 2018 midterms strategy by defending vulnerable Democratic Senate incumbents.
On May 30, 2018, Buzzfeed published a piece on how Trump might approach the 2018 midterm elections.
It looks like he’s shying away from House of Representatives races and targeting sitting, vulnerable Democratic senators who are up for re-election in Trump-friendly states. From the article:
‘A source close to Trump involved in midterm planning said it’s clear Republicans are running very different campaigns in close House races versus Senate races, and Trump will be used accordingly. “It’s a base election in the Senate and a swing in the House,” the source said.’
Also from the article:
‘Earlier this month, Trump followed a similar outline of what is shaping up to be his 2018 stump speech during his rally in Indiana, where he called Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly “sleeping Joe” and a “swamp person.” “You have to work every day between now and November to elect more Republicans so that we can continue to make America great again,” he told his supporters there, while praising Donnelly’s challenger, Mike Braun, as a “winner.”
And at an anti-abortion event last week, Trump spelled out the need for more Republicans in Congress in a way that would connect with the crowd. “So the story is, ’18 midterms — we need Republicans, and that will happen,” he said, going on to talk about failed GOP attempts to pass a 20-week abortion ban and the Democratic senators who have voted against it. “The United States is one of only seven countries in the world to allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, when unborn babies can truly feel the pain. Yet Democratic senators like Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp, Claire McCaskill, Debbie Stabenow all voted against the 20-week bill and in favor of late-term abortion.’
See the full Buzzfeed piece here:
You can push back against Trump by supporting vulnerable Democratic senators who are seeking re-election.
The best resource for this, by far, is The Road to 2018, an organization that our friend Celeste Pewter is heavily involved in.
The Road to 2018 was created to help precisely those senators who Trump and the GOP is targeting.
See its website here:
If you’ve been following Celeste on Twitter–and you are, aren’t you? She’s at @Celeste_Pewter–you’ve seen her tweets about The Road to 2018 and about Democratic senators you can support.
To be dead clear here–flipping the Senate blue in 2018 will be tough, tougher than flipping the House. Much of this is down to math. About a dozen Democratic incumbents are vulnerable, as opposed to eight Republican incumbents.
In order to flip the Senate, the Democrats need to hold all their seats and gain two. (The two Independents in the Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, tend to caucus with the Democrats. King is up for re-election in 2018.)
Flipping the Senate will not insure that Trump can be successfully impeached. A minimum of 67 senators would have to vote in favor, and given the prevailing tribalism, we couldn’t count on Republican senators to do the right thing.
This is not about impeachment. This is about hampering Trump’s ability to push his noxious agenda.
If the Senate goes Democratic, Trump would find it a lot harder to push through lousy and unqualified nominees across the board, judicial and otherwise.
He’d also have to change his strategy if he wants to get any legislation passed.
Fighting for these senators is worth doing.
So! Question. Are you using the Core Four strategy yet? If not, learn about it here:
Then consult the Road to 2018 and figure out which Democratic senators you can support with time, money, and effort.
Those vulnerable senators are:
Bill Nelson of Florida
Joe Donnelly of Indiana
Debbie Stabenow of Michigan
Claire McCaskill of Missouri
Angus King, Independent of Maine
Jon Tester of Montana
Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota
Sherrod Brown of Ohio
Bob Casey of Pennsylvania
Tim Kaine of Virginia
Joe Manchin of West Virginia
Tammy Baldwin of Wyoming
If one of these senators is from your state, go all-in for that person.
If not, and certainly if you’re from one of the states that doesn’t have any senators up for re-election this year, pick at least one of these senators to support.
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