Reframing Abortion Debate Is Democrats’ Last Hope For 2022 Says Top Strategist

Reframing Abortion Debate Is Democrats' Last Hope For 2022 Says Top Strategist

Democrat Strategist Says Party Is Doomed — Unless They Can Pull One Last Trick

( – Democrats aren’t in a great position going into the midterm elections. President Joe Biden has terrible approval numbers and so does Vice President Kamala Harris. Even though they won the White House in 2020, they managed to lose seats in the House which got Republicans closer to the majority. In fact, the GOP only needs to win a net of five seats to take back control of the House.

A Democratic political strategist believes the party might be able to turn it around but they will have to use the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned to remain in control of Congress.

Democrats’ Last Hope

In a memo obtained by POLITICO, strategist Doug Sosnik said he believes the recent Supreme Court leak of the first draft opinion of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization could change the course of the midterms. The draft opinion showed a majority of the court voted to reverse the landmark 1972 Roe v. Wade decision that set the precedent for the right to privacy, and, in turn, made abortion a constitutional right.

Sosnik wrote he thinks the SCOTUS leak is the Left’s “best, and probably last, hope of changing the outcome of the 2022 midterm elections.” He went on to explain why he thinks the public has turned against Democrats.

Biden’s Failings

In the memo, Sosnik said President Joe Biden experienced a honeymoon phase after he took office. His approval ratings were relatively high for about five months. The polls support the strategist’s assertions. According to FiveThirtyEight, a popular polling site, the president’s popularity remained high until the end of May 2021 and then it started falling. It remained above 50% until mid-July and then plummeted.

Sosnik explained the president’s disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Then came the negotiations over the Build Back Better plan and intense bickering between Democrats made the public’s distrust in the party even more intense. He said it “reinforced the impression” the president and his party wanted to spend a lot of money but were “incapable of governing.” By the time Spring 2022 rolled around, it seemed as though the party’s midterm fate was sealed.

However, Sosnik thinks the party can turn the tide if it uses the fear felt by women over the impending Dobbs decision to convince people to vote for them in the midterms. In the strategist’s opinion, if Democrats aren’t able to reframe the debate, then America will look back on this period as the point at which they lost the elections.

Do you think the Dobbs decision will make a difference this November? Is the abortion issue important to you?

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