Political maneuvering in advance of the 2022 election season is well underway, and with the arrival in D.C. last week of a newly-minted congresswoman, Republican hopes for a strong showing next autumn look stronger than ever.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA) was sworn into office on Wednesday, a development that helps narrow Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat majority going into the all-important midterm contests next year.
Letlow took office after launching a successful bid for the 5th Congressional District seat to which her late husband, Luke, was elected last November. Luke Letlow tragically died on Dec. 29 from COVID-19 at the age of 41, just days before he was scheduled to be sworn in, as NBC News reported at the time.
Julia Letlow described the motivation behind her decision to seek the seat in the aftermath of a such a profound personal tragedy, saying on the House floor last week, “Luke and I were a team, with a goal to better our state and our country. I want to thank him for paving the way for me.”
Letlow’s arrival on the scene also serves to shrink the Democrats’ already razor-thin House majority, leaving Pelosi with just three members to spare on contentious legislation certain to come before the body in the coming months.
A spate of departures for roles within the Biden administration among liberal lawmakers in recent months and the death this month of Rep. Alcee Hastings have put additional pressure on the speaker – at least for the time being – to achieve cooperation with her party’s far-left “Squad” on key proposals such as the massive infrastructure plan currently under consideration, as the Examiner added.
Despite the fact that the midterm elections are still 19 months into the future, Republicans are reportedly feeling bullish on their chances of retaking the House majority, according to The Hill. Conservative legislators and pundits alike believe that the Biden administration’s mismanagement of the border crisis, its passage of massive spending bills, and its attempts to pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices will create the perfect storm that leads to overwhelming GOP victory next November.
Also optimistic about the electoral prospects of the GOP over the next few years is none other than former President Donald Trump, who spoke to a group of the party’s top donors earlier this month, as CBS News reported, telling the crowd:
I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House and we are going to reclaim the Senate – and then in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House.
Regardless of what happens next November, the willingness of Julia Letlow – widowed mother of a 1-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son – to persevere in the face of unimaginable tragedy and take up the mantle of service left by her husband is a true portrait in courage, and it should inspire Republicans everywhere in their ongoing fight against the radical left.