If nothing else, January 2021 has provided us with a full range of emotions. The joy of January 6’s news that Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock had won their run-off elections was all too quickly supplanted with horror and dismay as we watched a mob of mostly white supremacists storm the Capitol. Two weeks later, we were so very pleased to watch Joe Biden become the 46th President of the United States. So, we took a few days to savor the moment before turning our attention to the hard truth we must face: A razor thin margin in the Senate and a diminished majority in the House mean that President Biden’s, and our task, will be difficult at best.
What Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Minority Leader (how wonderful that sounds) Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made clear, even last week, is that their obstructionism will continue despite Biden’s plea to find common ground. And, in the House, one Republican Member has already filed articles of impeachment while others of her self-centered colleagues think it makes sense to wear no masks, to bypass security measures, and to try to carry guns onto the House floor. Clearly, we have our work cut out for us. That means our joy must be matched with a steely determination.
We had thought to take a bit of time off before turning our attention fully to the 2022 elections. Clearly, however, we do not have a minute to lose. Conventional wisdom says that the party in the White House loses seats in Congress. Conventional wisdom also said that we almost always lose Southern run-off elections. With your help, we defied convention wisdom in Georgia. Even now, we must begin the fight to defy conventional wisdom yet again.
With your help, we are confident that the liberal ideals we share can prevail. That means that we will begin highlighting the particular districts and Senate races we will ask you to focus on. Some may seem futile but we promise you we won’t give up no matter the odds. We have the experience to take on these battles. What we will need are the resources – both personal and financial. We hope you will stay tuned and be as active as we know you can be.
Thank you, once again, for your on-going support. Time and again, it has been the margin of victory.