Conservatives Would Be Foolish to Not Take Michelle Obama Seriously – Opinion

Michelle Obama, former First Lady, recently stated that she will be working hard in the midterm elections of 2022. Her foundation When We All Vote was announced on Monday. It is a partnership with 30 organizations and plans to recruit, train, and register at least 100,000 voters. In the run-up to November’s elections, she also pledged to register 1 million more voters.

In an official letter titled “Fight For Our Vote,” Obama did the predictable thing and brought up the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“One year ago, we witnessed an unprecedented assault on our Capitol and our democracy,” she wrote. “From Georgia and Florida to Iowa and Texas, states passed laws designed to make it harder for Americans to vote. And in other state legislatures across the nation, lawmakers have attempted to do the same.”

She then did the predictable “let’s compare everything to Jim Crow” thing and compared voting laws in red states to “poll taxes literacy tests, and laws designed to strip away [Americans’] power,” and insisting that “we must give Congress no choice but to act decisively to protect the right to vote and make the ballot box more accessible for everyone.”

It’s all about predictability.

Obama explained her strategy for signing up and recruiting Americans to help secure Democratic wins during the midterms. She will also recruit an army of lawyers ostensibly “to protect voters in the states where the freedom to vote is threatened.”

You can follow the ex-first lady on Twitter:

Millions of people voted in 2020. But, people who are opposed to this progress are finding it more difficult to vote. That’s why I’m asking you to join @WhenWeAllVote and 30 other organizations to turn out more voters and urge Congress to pass voting rights legislation.

I’m going to be blunt.

This would be foolishness at its highest for the Republican Party to not take seriously.

If Michelle Obama says she’s going to register one million voters, you better believe she is going to register at least one million voters in time for the midterm elections. You don’t have to like her, but she is more than capable of accomplishing this feat. Her charisma and name recognition are enough to rally Democrats for the cause.

They will be regretting it later if the GOP doesn’t take note and come up with a counter strategy. Sure, the GOP might still take back the House and maybe the Senate, but this does not mean Obama’s effort will not have long-term ramifications in the future.

Republicans require a complete strategy for registering new voters. Scott Presler is a conservative activist and has tirelessly traveled across the country in order to register more voters. He also trains others. RedState heard from him about how important voter registration is and what a difference it makes. Presler told RedState via email:

Elections are won by voter registration. Florida had more than 500k voter registrations for Democrats in 2012, compared to Florida’s 500,000. In 2016, and 2020, the lead for Republicans in Florida decreased. Republicans won the state. Today there are many more Republicans in the state than before. [D]Florida emocrats

If we want to win in 2022 and beyond, we must register new voters, sign up as Election Day Workers, & pass election integrity legislation across the country. The Republicans outnumber the Democrats. [D]emocrats in voter registration in Arizona, Iowa, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, & Pennsylvania. The Republican Party has a historic chance in 2022, and the private sector is leading the charge.

Presler noted, too that the GOP should also be focusing on the working-class bloc which has been mostly ignored by Democrats. “If the Republican Party wants to win and — more importantly — show it cares about working class America, we must introduce legislation that provides for medical freedom and patient protection,” he said.

He continued:

Consider who is being affected by unconstitutional Biden vaccination mandates. These include nurses, firefighters and doctors as well as police officers, ambulance drivers, troopers, military personnel, workers at grocery stores, teachers and workers in construction. The very people, who — through their compassion and empathy — served us for the last two years during a pandemic are being told to get the vaccination or be fired.

The message is that they must get the vaccine or risk losing their pensions. It is an historic chance for the Republican Party of America to adopt legislation in support of the working class. Our message is “We are going to fight for your jobs. Your families are our priority. Your livelihood is our priority. We are going to fight that you, not government, get to dictate how to live your lives.”

Presler has it right.

There is an opportunity for the Republican Party to win control of Congress over the Democrats and to grow its base. Voter registration and a bigger tent are crucial. This was evident in Jalen Johnson’s case, who ran conservatively for the Albany city commission, in an area that is 70% black. RedState was informed by him:

So there’s a lot of people out there my age that are young black men that I went to high school with, that I knew probably didn’t have anybody registered in the vote. So, I knew the importance of rallying those votes because the way that I think of it, the way I think everybody should think about it is that every election year, there’s going to be hundreds of thousands of new eligible [voters].

To be a long-term winner, the GOP needs to learn how smarter it plays the game. It is not enough to “own the libs” or repeat empty talking points. More people such as Scott Presler or Jalen Johnson are needed. It is essential that the party has more leaders who can seek support from voters. The Democrats will prevail again before our eyes.

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