My August Political Briefing and Discussion - Been A Good Summer for Democrats
Was a great crowd, and a wonderful discussion - enjoy!
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.
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