Truth is I’m so sad about Brenda Lee Johnson exiting my TV tonight that I’m not feeling a post. However the comments in the thread below are got me thinking. Here and there I’ve read frustration about the Ryan pick in regards to women’s issues. I’m curious about this. My curiosity here is based on watching campaigns over the years. I cannot recall a national election (since 1980, when I engaged deeply for the first time.) in which the “threat to reproductive rights” wasn’t part of the campaign. This is usually followed quickly with something about losing or gaining seats on the Supreme court and the disaster this would be. However, in none of these elections were these fears a deciding factor. Will they be this time? I’m not leading the witnesses here at all. They could matter this time. Or not.
I’m pro-choice. Strangely, I’d find it very difficult to vote for an anti-choice candidate even if he/she and I agreed on most other issues. I have a powerful, visceral mind your own damn business reaction to anti-choicers. But pro-choice women vote for pro-life candidates all the time. Is this really an issue capable of swinging a national election? Will this time be different? I’m sincerely curious.