Lindsey Graham’s abortion ban bill is bad policy and stupid policy

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Lindsey Graham and his GOP wingnut cohorts are poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and perhaps even turn a predicted 2022 “red wave” into a Republican bloodbath.

On Tuesday, the South Carolina senator announced via press conference that if Republicans win the House and Senate, they will institute a nationwide abortion ban after 15 weeks, with some exceptions. Graham’s proposal not only patella rights guaranteed by the states who have taken steps to protect abortion access, it would also be a reversal of Graham’s position from June, when he said the The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade meant that access to abortion would be determined by individual states, as it should be.

Naturally, as an American woman of childbearing age, I had a few questions.

The question running through my mind was: Who is it for ?

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A nationwide abortion ban at a time like this isn’t just heartless policy, it’s stupid policy, all wrapped up in a clunky, tone-deaf presentation.

Senator Graham’s bizarre choice to announce his “Just kidding, Republicans were always going to try to get a federal ban” strategy came as Republicans are on the fence on this very issue. The threat to ban abortion has galvanized voters from California to Kansas. Special elections that were supposed to be Republican safely — or at least randomly — were won by Democratic candidates by wider margins than expected. The ballot looks bad for Lincoln’s party.

Voters hate having their rights taken away so much that the abortion issue could even upend the 2022 midterm elections. What was meant to be a cruiser to victory that handed Kevin McCarthy the president’s gavel and re-enabled Mitch McConnell’s key card access to the Senate Majority Leader’s lair now seems increasingly unlikely.

Republicans know this. Even the crazy ones. In Arizona, the site of Senate candidate Blake Masters erased mentions of her hardline stance on abortion (He supports a federal “personhood” amendment that would declare all fertilized eggs to be “persons” from the moment of conception, a position so extreme that Mississippi voters rejected it a decade ago). In Washington, Republican Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley tried to “walk a fine lineboth supporting a total ban on abortion in Texas and promising voters that she thinks the decision should be left to the states.

Some media have covered this phenomenon as a reflection of a “softening” of the Republican stance on abortion in response to public outcry. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

The winning message for Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections is that a vote for a Republican, no matter where he is on the ballot and no matter what he says, is a vote for a rollback of the right. to abortion. Republicans will say whatever it takes to win the election, then do everything they promised their donors and extremists behind closed doors. Full stop.

And here’s Lindsey Graham making sure the GOP’s goals to ban abortion stay in the headlines.

Even though some internal GOP polls showed Graham had a Harry Styles-like grip on the undecided American voter, it’s clear from Graham’s staged press conference that even his staff didn’t believe that Graham had the charisma to wear it himself.

No doubt that’s why whoever choreographed this political stunt decided to decorate the stage with women, all of whom managed to look smug, austere and crazy all at the same time. Like a string of trinkets made up of the most hated members of several homeowners associations. One of these trinkets was Star Parkera marginal gadfly who briefly made headlines in 2017 when, as a guest on fox and friendsshe compared the Confederate flag to a gay pride flag.

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Graham’s confusing presser was executed with the empathy of the antagonist of the Seen franchise delivering a diagnosis of terminal cancer. It was incredibly uncompassionate. When a reporter recounted a traumatic non-viable pregnancy that resulted in suffering for her and her family, Graham dismissed her worries. “The world has pretty much spoken on this issue,” he said. Graham apparently prepared only one rebuttal for any denial he would get on a nationwide abortion ban, which was “That’s how they do it in Europe.”

Like a fuckboy who comes back from a hike in Germany and tries to pressure his girlfriend into having a threesome but, despite his supposed new appreciation for Old World mores, still really gets on the phone when he gets off. cunnilingus, Graham has never expressed a similar admiration for the way they do other things in Europe. There, they paid for maternity (and, in some places, paternity) leave, a solid free or low-cost kindergarten, and universal health care. Lindsey Graham does not support any of these things. I guess he just wants us to emulate Europe in a way that sucks.

Graham’s confusing announcement on Tuesday recalled another time he picked up on an issue that sparked a lot of American women, but not the women he wanted: Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

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In 2018, the Senate was under Republican control, meaning it was the Republicans who refused to even allow time to investigate serious allegations of sexual misconduct in the past of a would-be Supreme Court justice before to rush to confirm it. But it was Graham who went the extra mile to show the most rage that those accusations existed in the first place, throwing a Target Halloween candy aisle-worthy tantrum at Kavanaugh’s hearings.

We all remember what happened next. With a month to go before the 2018 midterm elections, Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 vote. But then what some analysts had predicted would be a tough card for Democrats became a historic “blue wave” at the Bedroom. While Graham can’t take credit for skyrocketing Democratic gains, he was certainly on the wrong side of history there. Loudly.

Now, four years later, just months, Kavanaugh has joined the Tory majority 6-3 in toppling Deer, one of Lindsey Graham’s hobby horses is once again front and center. As a strong advocate for reproductive justice, I can’t help but hope that those Beltway morons will continue to say how out of step they are with the American people when it comes to abortion. It saves me a lot of work.

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