The chickens have come home to roost. As the White House continues its spiral into disarray and the dust settles over the GOP’s failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans in the House of Representatives are desperately trying to close their grip on an increasingly slippery argument for why they should be allowed to keep their seats after 2018.
In a May press conference, Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanTimeline: Trump’s relationship with Priebus Dems pivot to offering ObamaCare improvements The irony — Healthcare could mean Democrats take the House MORE predicted that House Republicans seeking reelection will be judged on one question in 2018: Did we make people’s lives better? He’s right about that.
What voters perceive Republicans in Congress as having done for them is the standard by which they are going to be judged in 2018. Based on everything we¹ve seen so far — they’re in real trouble.
Even before the widespread engagement that started with the Women’s March in January, Democrats were already heading into the 2018 midterm elections with momentum on their side.
Our organization, EMILY’s List is seeing an unprecedented surge in the number of women interested in running for office, with over 16,000 women contacting us since Election Day and signing up to run for office themselves at the federal, state and local levels — many of them motivated by the healthcare debate. (To put this number in context, that’s more women than we have trained in our entire 32-year history).
Across the board, women running for office in 2018 are bringing a diverse range of perspectives on key issues like healthcare and economic security and experiences that are truly representative of the people they’ll serve. Rising stars like Danica Roem, who is running to be the first transgender woman ever elected to the Virginia General Assembly, and Stacey Abrams, who is running to be our country’s first African American woman governor, are driving real…