The Roe reversal: National Democrats share the blame

The Roe reversal: National Democrats share the blame

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) According to the old apologue, if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will instantly leap out. But if you put it in a pot filled with lukewarm water and gradually heat it, the frog will remain in the water, unable to detect the gradual increase in temperature until it’s too late and boils to death. This week, when Politico reported on the leaked Supreme Court draft decision set to overturn 50 years of precedent and relegate Roe v. Wade to the proverbial dustbin of history, the nation woke up finding ourselves in boiling water. In truth, it should not come as a surprise. Republicans in this country have been laser-focused on the courts since the 1980s. They rightly understood that laws come and go as the pendulum swings with the mood of the electorate and changing legislatures, but courts have a lasting impact. That’s why, beginning with Ronald Regan and carrying through to Donald Trump, GOP presidents and their partners in the Senate have fought so vociferously to get their picks seated both in federal courts around the country and on the Supreme Court. Trump bragged endlessly about how many judgeships he successfully filled in his single term. Not only were they successful on offense, but Republicans also schooled Democrats on defense, effectively throwing their bodies in front of Democratic choices. Inexplicably, they always seemed to be victorious no matter the electoral makeup or […]

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