What’s Voting Got to Do with It?

“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.”

After the vote to adopt the American Health Care Act, Congressional Democrats taunted their colleagues with that chant on the assumption that many of the Republican supporters had just jeopardized their jobs.

But did they really risk re-election?

“It’s too early to tell. It looks really bad right now … but it’s a long way to the election,” says Morgan Hook, a senior vice president at SKD Knickerbocker, who is actively involved with Democratic candidates.

Hook came on the podcast to talk about national trends that overwhelm local elections and the political fallout from controversial votes, including the aftermath of Obamacare and a payroll mobility tax in New York in 2009. He also predicted how the AHCA vote could affect the 2018 mid-terms and described the role activists play in shaping political discourse around elections.

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