GOP abortion two-step
George Allen (R-Va) and Joe Biden (D-De) "debated" the South Dakota abortion ban on Meet the Press yesterday.
Debated remains imprisoned in quotes or italics until someone actually makes a statement that both applies to the one that came before it and actually stakes out a meaningful position.
Scott Lemieux uses this Meet the Press to illustrate the rather elementary GOP tactic on abortion that still manages to confound the Dems who are neither bold nor especially good readers of polls, apparently.
After Allen incorrectly asserts that Roe has been interpreted to prohibit parental notification, he begins, what Lemieux describes as the GOP Abortion Two-step:
Q: Do you think first-trimester abortions should be banned?
A: We need parental notification laws!
Q: But do you think first-trimester abortions should be banned?
A: We should pass pointless laws arbitrarily banning a particular second-trimester abortion procedure! We can give it a scientifically meaningless scary name! Scary names, people!
Q: Do you agree with your party's platform, which would make abortion first-degree murder in all fifty states?
A: States' rights!
Lemieux prescribes the below approach to abortion in general and McCain in particular:
Do what the Republicans do: no matter what comes up, debate the issue on favorable terrain. Any Democrat should immediately point out that overturning Roe has nothing to do with parental notification; it's about whether pre-viability abortions should be criminalized. Period. Every time the Democrats talk about John McCain, in addition to showing a lot of pictures of the "maverick" getting all smoochy-woochy with Mr. 36%, they should pound two points over and over again:
John McCain wants to privatize Social Security.
John McCain supports the South Dakota abortion law.
John McCain supports banning all abortions.
John McCain believes that states can force you to give birth to your own sister or your rapist's child.
Think Republicans have nothing to fear? Think again. The party's already fretting over a backlash to its radical abortion position. (LawyersGunsAndMoney)
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