First Things First
Have you voted yet? Because if you have the time to read this newsletter but you haven’t bothered to vote, you’re doing it wrong. Go vote! Remember, as long as you are in line when polls close, you will get to vote. So there’s no excuse. Get out there!
This is not the most important election of your lifetime. It’s just not. I’m happy to debate what it was—2012? 2000? 1980? But it is simply not credible to argue that this midterm election is more consequential than Donald Trump winning the presidency in 2016 and confirming three justices to the Supreme Court.
Congress hasn’t passed any major policy legislation since 2009. If Dems win, they won’t have votes to end the filibuster. If the GOP wins, they won’t have the White House. And to the folks who tell me that “democracy is on the ballot,” I ask them to look at 2020. The sitting president declared he’d won an election that he had lost and the courts—including all the judges that he had appointed—ruled against him. Surely, that election was more important as well.
And there’s a cost to rhetoric like this.