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My August Political Briefing and Discussion - Been A Good Summer for Democrats

Was a great crowd, and a wonderful discussion - enjoy!
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A few things from the conversation tonight:

Taking Action - Our inspiring thread of folks sharing what they are doing to advance democracy, ensure we beat MAGA next year.

With Dems Things Get Better - our 30 minute presentation on US politics in the post-Cold War era which finds that when Dems are in power, things get better. With Rs, not so much.

Some data:

  • Democrats have averaged 51% of the vote over the last 4 Presidential elections, our best showing over 4 elections since FDR’s Presidency.

  • Democrats have won more votes in 7 of the last 8 Presidential elections, the best popular vote run of any political party in US history.

  • In a “red wave” year, 2022, Democrats gained ground from 2020 in 7 key battlegrounds: AZ, CO, GA, MI, MN, NH, PA. We also picked up 4 state legislative chambers, 2 governorships and 1 US Senate seat. As we’ve written 2022 was not a single nationalized election, but really two elections - a bluer election in the battleground where we gained, and a redder election outside where we did not. We’ve seen this strong Dem performance continue into 2023 with impressive wins in CO, FL, OH, PA and WI.

  • Democrats are having their best run in the Southwest since the 1940s and 50s. In 2004 Bush won AZ, CO, NM, NV, Rs controlled 5 of their 8 Senate seats, 14 of their 21 House seats. In 2020 Biden was the 1st Democratic to win those 4 states since FDR, and today Rs control none of those 8 Senate seats and we control 14 of 23 House seats there.

Recent Hopium posts we discussed:

Our Late Summer Subscriber Drive - 10% off annual membership until Labor Day!

Live shot of the GOP debate stage:

Thanks, everyone. Was a great group tonight. Remember:

  • Joe Biden is a good President

  • The country is better off

  • The Democratic Party is strong

  • And they have Trump

Keep working hard all - Simon

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