Liberal activism – continued signs of life

As a new week dawns and pundits crow about the rain of rockets on Syrian airbases that will return to full operating capacity, let’s focus on good news: Democratic activism isn’t waning.

n California’s 49th District, where Representative Darrell E. Issa, a Republican, won re-election by less than 1 percent of the vote in November, leaders of a dozen resistance groups have organized a training session for early next month to write scripts that members can use when talking to neighbors about the importance of the midterms. They are creating databases of voters that the new activists can use to host pizza parties or coffees, and to track door-to-door visits as they canvass for the midterms, in which two Democrats, including the one who lost narrowly in November, have already signaled an intention to run.

One organizer, Terra Lawson-Remer, has written a 50-page campaign blueprint identifying five groups of voters to target for the midterms. They include Democrats in cities where voter turnout has been low in off-cycle elections, Orange County Republicans who did not support Mr. Trump, and members of the military at Camp Pendleton who might be concerned about Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

In New Jersey, members of NJ-11th for Change had been rallying outside the office of their congressman, the Appropriations Committee chairman, Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, every Friday since January to ask him to meet with them — unsuccessfully. The crowd eventually grew to 450 people.

Here’s another shock: Republicans are nervous enough about a race in Kansas to start pouring money into it. The NYT story to which I linked alludes to the Georgia contest to replace Health and Human Services saboteur Scott Pruitt, after the DNC awoke from its slumber.

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