Der Tiger Beat auf dem Potomac (thanks Charlie and Watertiger!) morning email thingie lead the morning email thingie with a splash of cold, Texas water (polluted and unpalatable):
A few realities a day after the Supreme Court abortion decision:
1) Several states are already weighing copycat laws. As our Alice Miranda Ollstein and Josh Gerstein report, top officials in Arkansas, South Dakota and Florida announced they’re looking to replicate Texas’ citizen enforcement scheme for their own abortion laws, while lawyers also say blue states may try to adopt a similar structure for getting around the courts on things like guns and Covid-19 precautions. Courts could, however, strike down Texas’ law long before those state legislatures have a chance to attempt those legal gambits.
2) There’s virtually nothing Democrats can do. President JOE BIDEN and Speaker NANCY PELOSI can say they’ll try, and liberals can make demands, but the votes simply aren’t there in the Senate to pre-empt the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on whether to overturn Roe v. Wade.
3) Some conservatives who oppose abortion rights are arguing the Texas law is a terrible vehicle to advance the cause. From its six-week ban on abortions to the “bounty hunter” provision and no exceptions for rape or incest, it means they’re swimming against popular opinion, even among those who are sympathetic to curbing abortions. Elected Republicans will be in a tough spot taking a stand on it. See GUY BENSONand BILL KRISTOL on this.
It’s paragraph #2 that contains the razor blade. Let’s Explore!
SpeakerNancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the House will vote on legislation to guarantee access to abortion upon its return to Washington later this month after the Supreme Court refused to block a restrictive Texas law that bans most abortions.
This is something that Congress should/could have done since the 1973 decision. In fact, they should/could codify into law all the social protection rulings. All of them are up for grabs from the radical and illegitimate John Roberts’ SCOTUS.
But I digest...
Pelosi said that after the House returns to session on Sept. 20, the chamber will vote on a bill from Rep.Judy Chu (D-Calif.) to statutorily protect a person’s ability to seek an abortion and for health care providers to provide abortion services. She called the Texas law “a flagrantly unconstitutional assault on women’s rights and health” and a “catastrophe.”
So, what’s going on in the Senate?
Across the Capitol, the Senate companion bill to Chu’s legislation has the support of 48 Democrats. Two Democrats, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Bob Casey (Pa.) have not signed on as co-sponsors.
Oh, Christ, this asshole, AGAIN?
If you search Joe Manchin’s Senate web page for “pro-life” you will get back tons of hits with a version of “I am pro-life and proud of it.,” so Pelosi’s attempt is an effort that will run head-on into our usual suspect.
I’m not saying give up or run away. Manchin also says he has the usual slippery-slope exceptions of rape, incest, life of the woman. The Texas law does NOT exclude those conditions in their abortion ban, so he could (maybe?) find a way to be talked into it.
One other reason to have a bit of hope:
Democrats think the issue will especially help them with suburban voters, who hold the key to the House majority. Apparently Fox agrees and doesn’t want to cover it.