In 2022, we faced a bitter midterm elections year, exacerbated by gerrymandering and courts that allowed legislatures to get away with unfair maps. Republican legislators continued to pass more restrictive voting laws, switching focusing from who can vote to who controls elections. The Republican National Committee (RNC) and allies brought their vendetta against mail-in voting to courtrooms. The U.S. Supreme Court wreaked havoc on the country.
But, as we near the end of the year, we wanted to reflect on the lighter side of things, now a yearly tradition. Here’s what inspired and entertained us in 2022 — the funny, absurd and remarkable that got us through the toughest moments. First up, Marc’s favorites.
Best Album: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (Big Thief)
It was produced by the drummer and is a double album. What more can you want?
Best Song: Degradation Rules (Ozzy Osbourne)
One more for the old man. His best in many years.
The Gotti Wars (John Gleeson)
Growing up in New York in the 80s, this was the big story.
How Civil Wars Start (Barbara F. Walter)
A definitive book on a critical topic.
The Year of the Puppy: How Dogs Become Themselves (Alexandra Horowitz)
Favorite Emoji: 👻
I really scared the GOP this year.
Best Bubbly: La Croix Razz-Cranberry
Don’t even try to sell me on pamplemousse.
Best Snack: Quest Mint Chocolate Chip Bar
All protein, no sugar.
Best Twitter Accounts:
The only law professor who got our Georgia runoff election litigation right.
Smart, strong and uplifting from an NBA great.
Every Account on Post.news
My guess for where we are all going in 2023.
The Daily – The New York Times
I didn’t want to like it, but it’s great.
We are new, but we are awesome.
On the Docket
No better way to stay informed.
The must read newsletter to understand the Twitter implosion.
Favorite Democracy Docket Merch Item: “Democracy Docket” Sticker
I know I should say a shirt or sweatshirt, but I love the sticker — it should be on every computer.
Worst RNC Legal Action: Everything Filed After Labor Day
Toward the end of the stretch, the RNC went on an amazing losing streak.
Biggest Election Day Surprise: U.S. House of Representatives Control
Democrats won everything close and then some.
Biggest Upset: Democrats Expanding the U.S. Senate
Unpredicted, unprecedented, unbelievable!
The Democracy Docket team grew by several team members in 2022. Together, we covered the ways that the judiciary shapes democracy across the country. Here’s what fueled us throughout a tense midterms year, hours of courtroom hearings and too much time spent on Twitter.
Best Album: Midnights (Taylor Swift)
There was no Red Wave in the 2022 midterm elections, maybe just a Lavender Haze.
Best Song: Daylight (Harry Styles)
Can’t stop humming.
Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America (Dahlia Lithwick)
Meet the women at the forefront of the legal battles during former President Donald Trump’s administration.
Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution (Elie Mystal)
The snarky, smart tale of what the courts are getting wrong.
Best Movie: Everything Everywhere All At Once
How we feel when courts drop all of their decisions at 5 p.m. on a Friday.
Best Binge-Worthy TV Show: The White Lotus
Don’t be like Daphne, be sure to vote.
Best Podcast: Strict Scrutiny
The only three law professors who can make SCOTUS’ doom and gloom year of tyranny entertaining.
Best Tik Tok Account: Democracy Docket
It’s not just for Gen-Z.
Best Tweet: “NO RNC LAWYER IS CALLING ME TO HELP”
Maybe check your voicemail, Mark Finchem?
Least likely to follow a court order: The Ohio Redistricting Commission and Cochise County, Arizona Board of Supervisors
This is a reminder to everyone in 2023 that court orders aren’t optional.
Most Frivolous Lawsuit: Kansas “Decertify and Rerun” 2020 Election in 2022 Lawsuit and Nevada’s “illegal geometric formula” Lawsuit
It was hard to choose.
Favorite Democracy Docket Merch Item: Restore The Voting Rights Act Sweatshirt
We wear our love of voting rights on our sleeves.
Best Place to Give: Abortion Funds
Protect reproductive rights, today and always.