What's On Our Mind 2-11-2022

This week, JAC was privileged to have one of the nation’s premier political analysts, Charlie Cook, founder of The Cook Political Report, join us for an in-depth discussion on the 2022 midterm elections.
While most of us felt that the 2020 election was “the” election of a lifetime, Charlie said that every election is important. However, 2022 is more important than most elections because the consequences of a change in power in the Senate or House are monumental. 
The fight is not over.
We must tune out the dire predictions for 2022 and become passionate about our candidates winning. We can’t allow ourselves to feel discouraged or disillusioned.
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Midterms are usually difficult for the party in the White House because their base is not excited. They have won the big race and are content to wait for the next one. The losing side is angry and more motivated to turn out and vote. But we need to be just as motivated.
There is no denying that this cycle will be especially difficult because of redistricting. Even though the GOP has the upper hand in 20 states with map making, there have been court victories for Democrats in some of these red states. 
The North Carolina Supreme Court last week ordered the legislature to draw new boundaries that would give Democrats, including JAC-friend Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC), a better chance at winning seats in Congress. Ohio’s Supreme Court also ordered that the state’s redistricting commission create a new map that will be more balanced for Democrats.
The results of 2022 will shape our path forward for 2024 and beyond. But as Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” We must plan now to show up, work hard and never give up. Our democracy is counting on us.