Here’s the big picture on abortion as of now: The next Democratic trifecta in Washington seems more likely than not to reinstate Roe v. Wade via legislation, whether it’s two years or twenty years from now. And once that happens, there may not be a Republican majority with enough political will to ever fully reverse it — at least not if elections keep looking like they did in Ohio on Tuesday night. Those are the stakes, and as one social conservative put it as the votes came in, it’s “a five-alarm fire for the pro-life movement.”
David Weigel, who was in Ohio last week reporting on the abortion-adjacent ballot measure that failed, has more on the aftermath which also featured some notable messaging on LGBT issues from the right. One saving grace for Republicans for now: The outpouring of support for abortion rights has so far not translated to presidential polling, where President Biden looks as weak as ever in the latest Gallup numbers.
Steve Clemons is on vacation.