One of the reasons it’s interesting to watch the evolution of “Real Time” host Bill Maher is that he’s someone who defines himself as a liberal, but has seen the Democrats go so far to the left that it has left him more in the middle. and agree with Republicans on many issues.
It’s the people in the middle that the Democrats are going to lose in November, because they look at what the Democrats are embracing now and simply refuse to join in the madness. Part of that madness is how Joe Biden and the Democrats are addressing the protests against Supreme Court justices in the wake of the leak of the draft opinion in the case that could be overturned. roe v. Calf.
During a panel discussion on abortion on Friday, Bill Maher criticized White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for disagreeing with the protests against the judges. Psaki said that the Administration did not have “an official position” (which is to take a position of not supporting the law that prohibits such action).
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“But we do [have an official position]Maher exclaimed. “That’s wrong! It’s intimacy! It’s against the law!” Good for him for defending the rule of law there, despite being in favor of abortion. Very few Democrats defend that and support judges who don’t face this kind of intimidation.
Former California Representative Jane Harman referenced 18 USC Section 1507 of 1950 and confirmed that yes, it prohibits protesting outside a residence or courtroom to influence a judge. But Harman said it would be much better not to do that, noting that there was not going to be a major rally at the judges’ house and that she could attend. She still seemed to think that the decision might change, “Let’s wait a month.”
Ian Bremmer suggested that this issue could hurt Republicans in their search for the Senate in November.
But initial polls suggest that may not be the case. As we reported, while enthusiasm increased a bit, Republican enthusiasm increased more. Now it could change with a final decision, but it doesn’t seem to have helped them much at this point.
Not only that, Americans they are not happy at all with protests marching to the homes of justices that Democratic leaders have endorsed. Seventy-five percent of Americans were against it and the doxing of their homes. In that poll, that’s the 67 percent of Democrats who disapprove. That won’t help Democrats when people decide how to vote.
The other thing most Americans don’t want: the radical position the Democrats just put forward on their abortion bill that was just blocked and burned in the Senate. The bill would have allowed abortion up to the moment of birth and eliminated all sorts of state laws passed by the people, including things like partial-birth abortion.
Mower he pointed how the position of Democratic politicians on this has radically changed. It is no longer in line with the thinking of most Americans.
Maher cited the Clinton-era abortion mantra as “safe, legal, and weird,” arguing that “the Democrats aren’t there now” and “they don’t say that anymore.” She went on to criticize the pro-choice committee in the House for sharing terminology changes, which included changing “choice” to “decision” and using “pro-abortion.”
“No one should be pro-abortion!” Maher exclaimed.
Political scientist Ian Bremmer agreed, noting that this week’s Senate vote failed to win the support of Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.V. because “progressives wanted to be able to push this issue further.”
“A lot of what we’re seeing right now is unprecedented compared to the days of 1992,” Bremmer said. “You didn’t have a leak of opinions. You didn’t have crowds demonstrating outside Supreme Court Justices’ homes!”
That’s what voters will think when they walk into the booth: how extreme the Democrats have gotten. Centrists or independents who believe in the rule of law are not going to be happy about that.