Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie depicts how the fetus fondling gawd botherers are flailing in the no-win scenario of taking away women’s constitutional right to have an abortion:
It’s the most common topic in ads for Democratic congressional candidates and their allies this cycle: abortion rights — and, more specifically, the GOP’s designs on a nationwide abortion ban.
Inasmuch as there is a unifying Democratic message this cycle, this is it. In districts as disparate as suburban Omaha and heavily Catholic rural Texas, Dems and their allies have spent more than $25 million in broadcast TV ads depicting Republicans as “extremists who would imprison doctors and force women who have been raped to carry pregnancies to term,” our Ally Mutnick reports this morning.
And that presents a conundrum for Republicans: “how to respond — if at all — to the Democratic ad onslaught on abortion policy, when every minute they spend discussing about abortion rights is one not used discussing about inflation and economic woes.”
— If they don’t respond: “Disregarding the hits lets Republicans focus on the other issues they want to be front and center in the election — but allows Democrats to make claims with no pushback.”
[And I’ll add the obvious take that Tiger Beat left out: if they refuse to talk positively and in glowing terms about forcing Slutty-Slutty-Slut-Sluts to have the babies against their will, they could lose support from their nutty evangelical base.]
— If they do respond: They risk giving in “to a broader narrative set by Democrats.”
Another complicating factor? “Republicans have a wide variety of positions on abortion rights. That makes it harder for party strategists to offer universal advice on how to respond,” Ally told Playbook on Thursday night. “It wasn’t initially obvious that Democrats would invest as much as they have on abortion-centered attacks. The Supreme Court’s decision was seismic but this strategy didn’t materialize until after months of polling and focus groups.”
Seems weird that the He-Man, Woman-Haters Club would be so afloat when they finally achieved —by hook/crook and stacking the sketchy and completely illegitimate SCOTUS with Opus Dei operatives— their policy goal of many generations to take autonomy and rights away from The Skirts. This is what they wanted, right?
Senatorette Lindsey Graham has introduced legislation for a national abortion ban, and he has some co-sponsors (including frequent abortion punchcard owner Herschel Walker), so it’s not unreasonable to ask every single candidate what their position is on the legislation and get them on record.