Category: The Plum Line

Roe v. Wade’s survival just got a little more unlikely

They would chip away at it little by little, using multiple cases under narrow legal justifications most people wouldn’t really understand to erode abortion rights until we reach the same destination as a repeal of Roe. The right to an abortion would exist in states run by Democrats but effectively disappear in states run by Republicans. What they wouldn’t do is just repeal it outright, since that would be too politically dangerous for the GOP.

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Democrats can’t defeat the pandemic alone. It’s time for Republicans to step up.

But if millions of people are going to be removing their masks, gathering together, eating in restaurants, and going to movies — in other words, engaging in activities more amenable to the spread of the virus than what they’ve done in a year — it’s absolutely vital that we get as many people vaccinated as possible.

And for that, we need the help of prominent Republicans.

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We’re trapped by the GOP’s commitment to lying. There may be no way out.

But if anything, the Republican Party today is even more committed to myths, falsehoods and a shared hostility to the very idea of an objective reality on which a democratic debate might be built than they were when Trump was still president.

Things are not getting better. They’re getting worse. And it’s almost impossible to see a way out.

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