Neuroscientists assume that moments of shock cause an extreme slowdown in time. This theory explains the altered perception of time as the mind tries to regain control that many people experience during a car accident.
That’s a feeling many of us have experienced as we watched the Democratic Party screw up its response to the Supreme Court’s leaked decision Deer vs Wade– Brace yourself before impact and wonder what the heck the driver is doing to stop it. At a moment when Republicans should rightly be on the defensive, Democrats have inexplicably given them a lifeline.
After the draft decision leaked, Democrats — who last year had been anticipating a red tsunami this fall — went on the airwaves to hastily declare that the upcoming decision would dramatically alter the midterm election. Hoping to divert the conversation from the economy, giddy activists proclaimed that Mitch McConnell had inadvertently punished his party and cost Republicans their immediate majority with his role in transforming the court.
Talk about missing the wood for the trees.
First, the theory that abortion rights will overtake the economy as a campaign issue in November is yet to be seen. With inflation at a 40-year high and the national average for a gallon of gasoline hitting an all-time high, families are struggling to make ends meet. When asked what the country’s top issue is in a survey just conducted according to The Roe draft decision was leaked, with a whopping 52% of Americans responding inflation. Only 4% said abortion.
Second, does anyone think Republicans would abandon the pending decision if it cost them a potential majority term? Agree with them or not, there’s no denying that Republicans have two things that Democrats don’t: discipline and message execution. You’ve worked methodically for 40 years to get the dish and you’ve got it roe! Nothing is more consequential than that when it comes to long-term Republican priorities.
Meanwhile Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the proverbial dog that got the car, offered another spectacular display of ineffective leadership when he called last week’s vote on Roe “one of the most consequential in decades” just before it inevitably went down in flames. Pointers immediately followed with moderates in both parties who allegedly support abortion, arguing that Schumer’s bill, which lost the support of a Democratic senator who joined all Republicans in voting against it, was a public relations stunt Roes’ current one is exceed the protection of the constitution.
With no academic practice left, governors in the red states, in the absence of any federal protection laws, will begin banning abortion altogether. It was unclear what strategy Schumer, no Senate master, was pursuing in the past, reminding voters that Democrats couldn’t deliver while making headlines about how the “Senate is failing to make the law right.” To say goodbye to abortion – again“.
Joe Biden tried to address Americans’ frustration with the one-party Democratic rule in Washington when he said, “We control all three branches of government. Well, we don’t really… You need 60 votes to get important things done.” While it’s undeniable that politics has never been more divisive, the public doesn’t care about the Senate’s cloture rules. They don’t want to hear excuses—they expect performance from their leaders. After all, just a few years ago, Republicans were able to push through the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code in decades with a majority of 51 people, demonstrating that a narrow majority rule can get results — at least when Republicans are about to charge.
Eager to change the subject from crime and the economy to having abortions that campaign, Democrats in blue states where Roe was codified appeared political and unmusical.
Kathy Hochul, a former A-rated NRA Conservative Democrat who previously boasted about the number of times she voted against “Obamacare,” declared that “abortion is now on the ballot.” She announced $35 million to fund services for an expected influx of abortion seekers from abroad. Other Democratic officials advocated $50 million to cover travel expenses for foreign abortions. More than one pro-choice, overburdened taxpayer I know suggested that while New York should be a safe haven, when the state is so cash-rich, they’d want their taxpayers’ money back. Hochul then wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal urging companies to relocate because of the state’s abortion policy. In a post-COVID world where corporations have moved to more tax-friendly states and are in the midst of a crime wave, does the governor really think it’s compelling to tout corporations based on abortion policies? It was an article so ill-advised that it felt like it had been orchestrated by the newspaper’s conservative-minded editorial board.
It is abundantly clear that the Democratic Party has no message and no plan. At a time when voters want and need meaningful and effective outreach to the center, Democrats are doing everything they can to alienate and polarize an issue with which 64% of Americans agree.
But even among those who advocate abortion, 56% do so with conflict or limitations — and that doesn’t make them bad. The politicians of our party have to understand that, otherwise they risk taking the issue back another 50 years.
Democrats must stop letting Republicans dictate the terms of engagement. While Republicans want to focus on infrequent late-term abortions, 91% will be performed within the first 15 weeks. Roe is about preserving 50 years of privacy law and making your own health choices. Democrats should argue that America is a country that upholds the freedom of individuals to make these decisions.
More importantly, Democratic officials must demonstrate they are competent and able to address very real economic issues as well as choices – to deal with results, not just rhetoric. As with the bipartisan infrastructure law, leadership should strengthen the center both Parties to find common ground on issues that they can deliver today — not some amorphous date in the future when Democrats magically win the majority.
Take the existing appetite for a bipartisan climate and energy bill, get the strongest and best deal possible, and take it across the finish line — Democrats won’t get everything we want, but it would show we know how you pull the levers of government and make progress.
And act now on reproductive health. We’re already late to the game – we should have expected that day to come. Democrats shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking they should present the issue as an electoral tactic, sacrificing the right-wing empowerment we can while still holding a tenuous majority. When Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins say they’re going to codify Roe, Schumer should pull up a chair, give them a seat at the table, and accuse them of being part of the solution — at least by breaking national protections for contraception and IVF happen .
The Democratic leadership must seize this fleeting moment while the car is spinning, calmly and effectively communicate to the American public — not just those who already agree — what is at stake and act. Otherwise, Democratic voters should buckle up and hold on.
If nothing changes, we drive straight into the crash barrier on the hard shoulder.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/democrats-are-crashing-in-slow-motion-even-before-the-final-roe-ruling-hits?source=articles&via=rss Democrats crash in slow motion even before the final Roe verdict occurs