"At a time when our country needs to hear leaders who can unite for a common purpose, I am honored to be able to give the answer to the democratic state of the Union", said Abrams in a statement Tuesday after the announcement of his speech. "I plan to give a vision of prosperity and equality, where every citizen of our country will have a voice and every voice will be heard."

These themes are essential elements of Abrams' message. Last year, during the election campaign, his speech on the stump was remarkable for the way he described the policies with regard to their concrete impact on the lives and pockets of the electorate. Is trying to connect a proposed extension of Medicaid to deaths of babies and black mothers, or to identify climate change as a natural disaster manager in southern Georgia.

Abrams is also focused on several critical issues for the national political debate right now, a record she could support in an attempt to create an effective way to counter Trump. According to a recent Gallup poll, immigration, health care and race relations are among the most pressing concerns of voters. In 2018, Abrams became one of the most prominent political figures to promote Obamacare's expansion into Medicaid, and supported this expansion as a "starting point" for universal coverage. in health care. Its immigration platform included opposition to police repression of sanctuary towns and undocumented immigrants. And she – after losing a race haunted by allegations of voter repression – is undoubtedly the national face of the Democratic movement in favor of voting rights; its goal of broadening the electorate has underpinned the platform of racial justice that was at the center of its campaign. "Stacey Abrams reflects our party's shared values ​​of equality and inclusion," said Terri Sewell, Alabama's representative, who leads the House Democrats' campaign for voting rights at Capitol Hill. in response to the selection of Abrams.

The invitation to Abrams comes at a critical time for Democrats. The longest government shutdown in history came to an end last week, but not before revealing new weaknesses in Trump's public support, as well as deep mistakes in the US economy. Describing why Abrams was chosen to deliver the Democrats' speech, the leader of the Senate minority, Chuck Schumer, pointed to the "lack of leadership" in the administration, as American families still feel the effects of [Trump’s] self-imposed closure. While the Americans largely blame the president for the closures, according to public polls, this closure has greatly diminished their opinion of the government as a whole and their confidence in the economy.

The Democrats, at this precarious moment, will try to propose a strong and coherent alternative to the chaos emanating from the White House. And they obviously think that Abrams can achieve this goal: it functions as a kind of political leader in exile, exerting a dominant influence among Democrats and being called upon to represent the party even though it does not occupy a post or be officially involved in the leadership of national committees. And she plans to run for office again; in a recent interview, she told me that she weighed her options for a Senate run in 2020 or a rematch for governor in 2022.