Experts from Cook Political Report and FiveThirtyEight, as well as gamblers in Las Vegas, all predict Republicans will gain control of the House midway through 2022.
Prepare for Benghazi-style television hearings with Republicans yelling about Hunter Biden’s laptops.
If you think Reps. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s Efforts to Minimize Danger of Increase in Riots on Capitol Hill The Memo: What Now for Anti-Trump Republicans? Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will meet Trump ‘soon’ in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) And Lauren BoebertLauren Boebert Photos of the week: Schumer, ASU protest, and Omar sea turtles to accept award on Saturday as 2021 U.S. Muslim official GOP infighting takes stupidity to a whole new level MORE (R-Colo.) Are explosive now, wait until you nudge an extremist majority in the Trump-approved House.
Total extremism will be in full swing because moderate Republicans from the House are being kicked out.
Earlier this month, Rep. Anthony GonzálezAnthony GonzalezPowell and Yellen say they have underestimated inflation and supply is booming. Texas Democratic Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson announces his retirement at the end of his term. FOLLOWING (R-Ohio) has announced his retirement. The 37-year-old, two-term congressman was one of ten House Republicans to vote in favor at the time.President TrumpDonald Trump Hillicon Valley – State Department employees targeted by spyware Ohio Republican Party reunion abruptly ends amid anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces retest as first witness pleads the fifth PLUSsecond impeachment for inciting insurgency on Capitol Hill which tried to annul the last presidential election.
Gonzalez was almost certain to lose his GOP primary to a pro-Trump Republican. He and his family have been the target of death threats.
Oh, and have you seen that even the Senate Minority Leader Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellUS could default in weeks without action on debt limit: analysis The Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by Facebook – Congress avoids shutdown Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal MORE (R-Ky.), With his track record of far-right politics, is he being targeted by Trump?
Trump told the Wall Street Journal that McConnell is “very bad for the Republican Party” and deserves to be kicked out of the leadership if the GOP takes control of the Senate.
The odds of a Republican takeover of Congress in 2022 have increased because GOP governors and state lawmakers repeat Trump’s “big lie” about voter fraud. The aim is to sow the seeds of doubt and use it to enact new laws making it harder for Democratic voters to go to the polls. Even though Trump’s Arizona audit officially failed last week, he did manage to request another audit in Texas, a state he won.
Additionally, with Republicans controlling most state legislatures, they are able to redraw 187 congressional districts to increase the chances of a Republican winning them. Democrat-controlled legislatures will only get 75.
That’s why Republicans might be able to take control of the House before the vote begins. They could easily win five seats simply through gerrymandering plans and voter suppression.
“Having lost the White House and the Senate last year, Republicans appear determined to rig the game in their favor before midterm,” the New York Times editorial board wrote last week.
“Protecting the integrity of the US electoral system and the voting rights of its citizens should be the # 1 priority – not because it helps Democrats, but because it helps preserve democracy,” wrote the editors.
And they asked, “Are the Democrats going to do something about this?”
So far the answer is no.
The House passed a bill to end voter suppression in March. But the Senate did not act. Senator Joe manchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment – Presented by ExxonMobil – Dems Press Drillers on Methane Leaks Overnight Health Care – Presented by March of Dimes – Abortion Access for 65 Million Women at Stake Joe Manchin Should Take Paid Time Off – now MORE (DW.Va.) introduced a bill to roll back the GOP’s war on voting rights, but it lacks the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican obstruction. And Democrats are not ready to end the filibuster.
Democrats have public support for action.
NBC News recently reported on a poll that found voting protection popular with Americans. Most “voters in seven states support elements of the Democrats’ electoral law and pass such filibusterless majority legislation, according to a series of new state-level surveys,” wrote Jane C. Timm from NBC. The polls were conducted by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic company, and commissioned by a voting rights group, Fair Fight.
But the GOP only cares about power, not the right to vote.
As Reuters reported last week, 15 Republicans are vying for secretary of state in five battlefield states – Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin. Of these, “ten … either said the 2020 election was stolen, or called for their state’s results to be overturned or for further investigation. Only two of the nine candidates polled by Reuters said Biden won the election. “
According to a report from the Brennan Center for Law and Justice, “Between January 1 and July 14, 2021, at least 18 states enacted 30 laws that restrict access to the vote. These laws make postal voting and early voting more difficult, impose more stringent voter identification requirements, and make mistaken voter purges more likely, among other things. More than 400 bills containing provisions restricting access to the vote were introduced in 49 states during the legislative sessions of 2021. ”
In the 1980s, I wrote “Eyes on the Prize,” a book about the painfully long struggle for the suffrage of black Americans.
As 2021 draws to a close, I’m afraid President BidenJoe BidenPfizer CEO says vaccine data for under-5s could be available by year-end Omicron coronavirus variant found in at least 10 states Photos of the week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles MORE, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Photos of the week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless ‘Build Back Better’ plan (D-California) and Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck SchumerHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless ‘build better’ plan (DN.Y.) risk taking their eyes off the price: protecting the same voting rights in the mid-1920se century civil rights movement worked so hard to secure.
Yes, there are other priorities, such as the adoption of bills on infrastructure and reconciliation. But the protection of voting rights is the one issue that underlies them all.
No less that the survival of democracy is at stake.
As Halloween approaches, the scariest political scenario is the dark night of November 2022 when election results show the New House is under the control of undemocratic and pro-Trump Republicans because Democrats failed. succeeded in preventing Republicans from distorting the elections.
Democrats need to keep their eyes on the price. It’s time to cast the credits on the GOP’s current slasher-flick attack on America’s most expensive right, the franchise.
Juan Williams is an author and political analyst for Fox News Channel.