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Publisher's Note: This series of posts on this one issue - The Unprecedented FBI Raid of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Estate - can all be found here on ENC NOW.
Democrats are expressing optimism heading into the 2022 midterms, with hopes bolstered by the FBI's raid on former President Donald Trump and the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. But conservative leaders predict that Democrats aren't reading the room - and that these issues are firing up the conservative base even more.
Heritage Action's Jessica Anderson warned that the Biden administration and others on the left are pushing "their radical social and climate agendas on citizens"
rather than prioritizing the well being of American families and businesses. And Americans are noticing.
"Between inflation and government overreach, American voters are more motivated than ever before to support conservative leaders,"
Anderson told The Daily Wire on Monday. "Thanks to the failed economic policies of the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress, some American families are now being forced to choose between buying their children school supplies and filling up their gas tanks."
President Joe Biden and his administration promised that Inflation Reduction Act, signed by the president on August 16, will lower the costs of energy, prescription drugs, and health care for American families, combat the climate crisis, reduce the deficit, and force the largest corporations to pay their "fair share of taxes."
"With this law, the American people won and the special interests lost,"
Biden said as he signed the bill. "The American people won and the special interests lost."
But Republicans have expressed strong concerns about the $80 billion allocated in new funding to the IRS (allowing for up to 87,000 new IRS employees) and argued that poorer Americans will subsequently face more audits.
Conservatives take issue with the IRA for more than "reckless government spending,"
Anderson said: "Aside from record-setting inflation and government spending, Americans are also rightly concerned about the growing power and size of the federal bureaucracy."
"As the Left passes this legislation to add another 87,000 IRS agents, the American people also see the way our federal government is treating a former president by raiding Mar-a-Lago,"
she added. "Despite the empty promises from the White House, voters know that if the federal government can treat a former president so poorly, they can certainly target middle and working class Americans."
With polling showing they have almost eliminated the enthusiasm gap with Republicans (though that same polling, conducted during and after the FBI raid, shows Trump solidifying favor with Republicans), Democrats are reportedly feeling good heading into the midterms. And they're hopeful that the FBI's raid on Trump's Mar-A-Lago home will play in their favor.
FreedomWorks VP of Policy Cesar Ybarra disagrees, telling The Daily Wire that the raid was not only "unprecedented"
- it "shows just how corrupt federal agencies have become."
"If anything, the past two weeks have fired up the conservative base,"
he said. "You can hear it straight from our activists. They are sick of politicized agencies, and they are sick of funding them with no true promise of accountability."
Trump himself has made similar predictions.
"Republicans could win many additional seats, both in the House & Senate, because of the strong backlash over the raid at Mar-a-Lago,"
the former president said. "Polls are showing that some lost Republican territory over the last number of weeks has been more than made up with the unannounced Break In by the FBI, which should never have happened."
Another issue that Democrats hope will bring voters together this fall: the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Since the June decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson, activist groups like the Women's March have repeatedly rallied groups in protest and urged supporters to turn out for the midterms.
A recent pro-life loss in Kansas has some speculating that there may actually be a pro-abortion referendum this fall.
"What happened in red Kansas last night is a reflection of what is happening across the country and what will continue to occur through the November elections,"
said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in early August after Kansans voted against a constitutional amendment that would let the state ban or heavily restrict abortions. "If it's going to happen in Kansas, it's going to happen in a whole lot of states."
But Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser warned The Daily Wire that Democrats are "deeply mistaken"
if they think Americans support "their radical agenda of abortion on demand up to the moment of birth."
"Only 10% of Americans are with them and it is a political liability,"
Dannenfelser said. "Half of Americans support protections for unborn babies with beating hearts at six weeks and 72% would limit abortion to at most 15 weeks, a point when unborn babies feel pain."
The Susan B. Anthony List president, whose organization is door knocking every day in support of the unborn, pointed to the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial race as an example of Republicans going on offense against Democrats with such extreme positions.
Candidate Terry McAuliffe had avoided directly addressing whether he would limit abortions at any point, promising over and over that he would "be a brick wall to protect women's individual rights,"
while Glenn Youngkin's team accused McAuliffe of being "the most extreme pro-abortion politician in America."
Though McAuliffe poured millions into advertisements that accused Youngkin of harboring a "far right"
abortion agenda, Fox News voter analysis after the election found that 5% of Virginia voters cited abortion as "the most important issue facing Virginia,"
and that group supported Youngkin over McAuliffe by a margin of 12 percentage points.
"Pro-life Republicans have a winning advantage when they go on offense to expose their opponents' extremism, as in Virginia last year,"