‘It’s an Apathy Remover.’ The End of Roe Could Galvanize Democrats’ Burned-Out Base

The mood among Democratic organizers has been bleak for a while. Four years of Donald Trump has left the base exhausted, two-plus years of COVID-19 has left activists burned-out, and stalled progress during the Biden Administration on issues like voting rights, climate change, and child care has left Democrats demoralized. Many assume the party is headed for a wood-chipper in November, offering voters a big pile of zilch.

“Right now we have trifecta government and they are doing nothing,” says Amanda Litman, who runs Run for Something, which recruits young Democrats to run for state and local office. “It’s very hard right now to make the case for why Democrats should be in control, besides reducing harm.”
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But the case for “reducing harm” got a lot more persuasive this week, with the publication of a leaked document suggested that a majority of the Supreme Court—including three justices nominated by Trump—is on the brink of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Read More: What to Know About the Leaked Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Draft Opinion.

Bad as this would be from liberals’ perspective, the prospect may re-energize an exhausted base. “This is probably the best thing that could have happened from an electoral standpoint, in terms of animating Democrats,” says Jess Morales Rocketto, a Democratic strategist who has organized around progressive issues like reproductive rights.

It couldn’t come at a more important time. The grassroots organizers who powered the party’s wins in 2018 and 2020 say that the last few years have left them burnt out. Many of the most devoted members of the anti-Trump resistance were women, and many of those women found themselves carrying the heaviest burdens during the pandemic.

“People were exhausted,” says Carolyn Eberly, founder of a North Carolina Indivisible group that organized Democratic volunteers in the 2018 …read more

Source:: Time – Politics


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