The events of the last couple weeks - Jan. 6, SCOTUS gun ruling, now Roe v. Wade - should theoretically increase interest/enthusiasm from Dem base voters. We’ll soon see if that’s the case.— Amy Walter (@amyewalter) June 24, 2022
Pelosi: "The Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban. They cannot be allowed to have majority in the Congress to do that. That’s their goal." pic.twitter.com/EkCYzLOPE1— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 24, 2022
Pence calls for a national abortion ban https://t.co/VylxxweJak— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 24, 2022
The REAL issue.
"The ruling, one of the most consequential in modern memory, marked a rare instance in which the court reversed itself to eliminate a constitutional right that it had previously created." https://t.co/McYegScKMr— Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) June 24, 2022
View outside SCOTUS right now pic.twitter.com/s1mt0Zmty5— Andrew Restuccia (@AndrewRestuccia) June 24, 2022
Gee, I wonder why:
What's especially remarkable about this poll is that it was conducted *before* Bruen and Dobbs. https://t.co/Z2b6bBcuZQ— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) June 24, 2022
Amy Coney Barret in confirmation hearing: "Cases [like Roe] are so well settled that no political actors and no people seriously push for their overruling."— Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) June 24, 2022
Neil Gorsuch in confirmation hearing: "Roe v. Wade...is a precedent of SCOTUS. It has been reaffirmed...A good judge will consider it as precedent."— Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) June 24, 2022
Samuel Alito in confirmation hearing: "When someone becomes a judge, you really have to put aside the things that you did as a lawyer...I would approach the question with an open mind."— Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) June 24, 2022
"To believe in this livin' is just a hard way to go."
#BREAKING: Everything.— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) June 24, 2022
Too bad our only national election is for POTUS. And we flubbed that one, too.
In a May CNN poll, Americans said, 66% to 34%, that they did not want the Supreme Court to completely overturn its decision. In CNN's polling dating back to 1989, the share of the public in favor of completely overturning Roe has never risen above 36%.https://t.co/BVdMIpA86v— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) June 24, 2022
Exclusive: 'Expect pissed off constituents': Democrats vow to fight after SCOTUS overturns Roe https://t.co/g3ukOlh329— Raw Story (@RawStory) June 24, 2022
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was more succinct about the impact of the ruling and simply said, "People are going to die because of this."
To quote the response of Moriarty from the Frumious Bandersnatch Sherlock Holmes series when Holmes says almost the same to Moriarty:
"THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DO!"
And yes, I am comparing the Supreme Court to the most notorious villain in the entire Holmes ouevre, and so one of the most notorious villians in literature.
The Constitution does not protect people. It protects things and ideas (barely), but not people. The 2nd Amendment now, per the Supremes (Thomas, again) protects guns over public safety (i.e., the safety of people). Ideas ("mah gun! may freedumb!") over people. The "substantive due process" cases Thomas wants to overturn all date from the Warren Court forward. The rulings he complains of are the rulings that protect people. Shelby shredded the Voting Rights Act because, in the wake of the Civil War, the country moved to make the Constitution protect people. The VRA enacted the provisions of the 15th Amendment; but that protected people (almost 100 years later), and so it was a bridge too far in restricting states rights. States are sovereign; people are...obstacles.
Birthright citizenship is enshrined in the 14th Amendment, the middle of the triad of post-Civil War Amendments. And yet John Eastman won Trump's heart by arguing that is a false concept (goodbye, Obama!). What is radical now will become commonplace soon. Brown v. Board, Obergefell, Loving (funny Thomas leaves that one out of his litany!), Griswold: all extending constitutional protections to people.
And we can't have that, can we?
Lochner, here we come!