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Former first lady Michelle Obama is getting involved in the 2022 midterm elections in a major way.
The popular Democrat penned a letter that was published as an advertisement in The New York Times on Sunday, and it had near every one of the Democrat Party’s favorite talking points in it.
“One year ago, we witnessed an unprecedented assault on our Capitol and our democracy. From Georgia and Florida to Iowa and Texas, states passed laws designed to make it harder for Americans to vote. And in other state legislatures across the nation, lawmakers have attempted to do the same,” she said as the Democrats continue to pretend that a group of people with no guns found could have staged a coup.
“This type of voter suppression is not new. Generations of Americans have persevered through poll taxes, literacy tests, and laws designed to strip away their power—and they’ve done it by organizing, by protesting, and most importantly, by overcoming the barriers in front of them in order to vote. And now, we’ve got to do the same. We’ve got to vote like the future of our democracy depends on it. And we must give Congress no choice but to act decisively to protect the right to vote and make the ballot box more accessible for everyone,” she said as Republican legislatures nationwide are bringing back voting laws the way they were prior to the pandemic.
“As civic engagement, voting rights, and voter mobilization organizations representing millions of Americans, we are joining together to ensure that Congress acts on voting rights legislation — and ensure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted in the 2022 midterm elections and beyond. We’re asking you to join us,” the former first lady said.
“We stand united in our conviction to organize and turn out voters in the 2022 midterm elections, and make our democracy work for all of us. Collectively we will,” she said.
She listed what she wants the Democrats to do to have a chance in the 2022 midterms.
- Recruit and train at least 100,000 volunteers throughout 2022 to register and turn out voters in their communities.
- Register more than a million new voters across the country.
- Organize at least 100,000 Americans to contact their Senators, calling on them to do everything they can to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
- Recruit thousands of lawyers to protect voters in the states where the freedom to vote is threatened.
- Commit to educate voters on how to vote safely in their state.
“As John Lewis said, ‘Democracy is not a state. It is an act.’ And protecting it requires all of us. That’s why his generation organized, marched, and died to defend the very rights that are under attack today. And it’s why we’re calling on community leaders, organizations, businesses and all Americans to join our efforts in this critical moment for our history and the future of our country,” she said.
But if the polls are correct the Democrats do not have much of a chance against Republicans in 2022.
The Republicans could be looking at massive gains like the party had when it had its tea party wins in the 2010 midterms, The Washington Examiner reported.
Democratic pollster John Zogby said that his new survey showed that independent voters are in charge of the election, and they are trending away from the Democrats.
He said that voters favor Republican control of Congress 46% to 43%, a helpful margin for the GOP that would appear to put continued Democratic control of the House and Senate out of reach.
His data also show independents swinging to Republicans. “While 93% of Democrats favor Democratic control, and 92% of Republicans favor Republican control — independents prefer Republican control of Congress 45% to 27% Democrat, leaving 28% undecided,” said his analysis of the survey of 777 likely voters nationwide, conducted Dec. 17 online. It has an overall margin of sampling error of 3.6 percentage points.
“In my four decades of polling, Democrats need about a five-percentage point advantage nationwide in congressional preference in order to maintain a majority of Congress. With a three-point Republican lead, and a substantial lead among independents, signs are pointing today to the possibility of a big Republican advantage going into 2022,” the pollster said.