Start thinking about your Core Four Plus–four Democrats plus an organization that supports the right to vote–in 2022.
We can guess what you’re thinking. “Uh, Sarah Jane? All y’all? Didn’t we just get done with 2020? Why are you nudging us to think of 2022?”
Yes, we did just get done with 2020, and its unplanned sequel, the twin Georgia runoff races (which we won, hooray!) And yes, we are nudging you to start thinking about 2022 in February 2021.
Putting out the 2022 version of the Core Four Plus story this early wasn’t the original plan.
But looking at the way the GOP has acted since the January 6 Insurrection has us worried. Trump seems to be reigning over the party from Mar-a-Lago, and he’s actively encouraging the GOP’s worst instincts by meeting with and encouraging people such as fresher Georgia House Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Point being–the Republican party hasn’t learned from the past few months. At all. It seems to be embracing the crazy even more strongly and desperately.
The GOP’s media mouthpieces are following suit. Fox News pushed out two election decision desk staffers who called Arizona for Biden early but correctly, and has tilted away from actual news and towards the opinion offerings of its prime time lineup.
Consider that traditionally, the party in power usually loses seats during mid-term elections.
Now consider how painfully thin the Democrats’ margins are in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Yeah, we need to get on this now.
Maybe the next few years will accelerate the demise of the GOP. Maybe it won’t be viable come Tuesday, November 8, 2022. We’ve seen several stories about Republican voters in assorted states changing their party affiliation following the January 6 Insurrection, and numbers from Gallup back up that finding.
But it’s unwise to assume that will happen. Best to make what plans we can now for the mid-term elections that we know are coming.
So! We’re asking you to sketch out your Core Four to the extent that you can at this stage, and asking you to stick with the Core Four Plus–four candidates, plus a voting rights organization.
At this point, it might make the most sense for you to give the most attention to the Plus side of the equation–to entities such as Spread the Vote, Fair Fight, and Black Voters Matter, to name three. If that’s how it works out for you, so be it.
The traditional Core Four consists of four Democratic candidates, two incumbents and two challengers. For each chamber of Congress, you chose a Dem incumbent and a Dem challenger.
You should start with your home state. If you have a good Democratic House Rep, throw your support behind that person if you aren’t already. or continue your support. At this early stage of the game, support mostly takes the form of knowing what your candidate is doing, and making monthly campaign donations.
If you have good Democratic senators who are up for re-election in 2022, and you aren’t already supporting them? Please get on that.
In general, it’s too early for good Democratic challengers to have stepped forward.
While you wait, consider budgeting and setting aside eventual donations to those two future candidates.
See the OTYCD story on budgeting time and money for 2022:
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