Republicans Take The Kobayashi Maru Test

GOP’s Policy on Women

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.

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8 Responses to Republicans Take The Kobayashi Maru Test

  1. Martin Pollard says:

    The problem the Trumplicans are facing is the same one that the dog would face if he finally caught the car (or Wile E. Coyote if he finally caught the Road Runner, which actually did happen once): “what do we do now?” Everything was fine for them as long as they had the abortion boogeyman to use to motivate their base, but now that they’ve managed to kill the boogeyman, all that’s left is to go even more extreme, and they’re finding that that’s not sitting well with the moderates and independents who can tip the scales of most elections. Democrats are making the smart move playing to these (entirely justified) fears, and Dog willing, it’ll help them retain control of the House and Senate in November, even if it’s only by slim margins.

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  2. laura says:

    It’s not unreasonable to ask Republican candidates their position on any/every policy, but to expect a response, let alone a truthful response is just not the kind of stuff republicans engage in any more. It’s way more efficient to presume that their policy positions are the most shit-baggingest, no social good, wealth concentrating, white nationalist “christian” male power oriented and then work like a rented mule to out vote them- now and for the foreseeable future.

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  3. Come on, people…They’ll do exactly what Kirk did to pass the Kobiyashi Maru test: cheat.

    And the supine press will let them get away with it, because Murc’s Law is a harsh and unforgiving mistress.

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    • osirisopto says:

      By saying “cheat” do you mean to run away, or offer up a word salad of proportion unimaginable in the post-Snow Snookie era?


      • Martin Pollard says:

        Whatever it is, one thing you can be sure of: they aren’t smart enough to reprogram the simulator to make it possible to rescue the ship.


  4. MDavis says:

    Did anyone else here get a mailer claiming “don’t worry about abortion rights, it’s still legal in OUR state” ?

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  5. Stony Pillow says:

    Funny how well a coordinated attack works.

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