“Part of the importance of the film is the power of the symbolism,” Dutta, a former Obama White House political aide and campaign fundraiser, told The Daily Beast. “This tiny band of Democratic activists and organizers, trapped in their homes in the middle of a pandemic, helpless and buffeted by all these onerous and draconian rules passed by Republican legislators to stop voting and stop democracy in action—they overcame this by reaching out to each other.”
The Democrats’ efforts in Wisconsin produced a massive turnout for a down-ballot contest and a shocking upset this past April 7 in the State Supreme Court race in which the liberal challenger, Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky, beat the conservative favorite, Trump-endorsed incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly, in a crushing landslide.
Karokfsy donned her justice’s robes this month for a 10-year term.
“I remember watching this race closely in April and frankly feeling fairly dejected on election day after witnessing the myriad ways that Republicans did everything they could to suppress the vote in the middle of a pandemic,” President Obama’s former chief speechwriter, Jon Favreau, who appears in the documentary, told The Daily Beast.