September 2nd, 2022

[A] majority of Texas voters are expressing strong support for abortion rights.

In a new survey, six in 10 voters said they support abortion being “available in all or most cases,” and many say abortion will be a motivating issue at the ballot box in November. Meanwhile, 11% say they favor a total ban on abortion.

But not to worry! The miniscule minority will simply run roughshod over the majority.

August 28th, 2022
“I’d literally just moved back here from Maryland, and they’re like, bam, you don’t have [abortion] rights anymore,” [North Carolina State student Emma] Morgan said. “It pulled the rug out from under us and got me and other out-of-state students wondering, should we transfer before it gets worse?”

Not to push the panic button, Emma, but yeah, you should transfer — before the zeeeeriously zany zygote zealots down there get their way and make it so people like you could GO. TO. JAIL.

Remember that NC hasn’t enacted every, er, conceivable restriction on/punishment for abortion yet, but it’s getting there fast.

You happen to come from a sane and humane state – good ol’ MD – and it’s got plenty of fine schools for you to attend without worrying about incarceration.

August 14th, 2022
‘The list of contemporary postliberal thinkers that [Matthew] Rose provides makes for dizzying and confusing reading since they have such varied commitments, ranging from Curtis Yarvin (an anti-democrat who has professed a kind of monarchism) to Peter Thiel (the libertarian plutocrat) to Adrian Vermeule (a Catholic theocrat) to Steve Sailer (a “scientific racist” of the Charles Murray school). Do these thinkers have anything in common aside from a hatred of modern liberal democracy?’

Isn’t that more than enough for them to have in common?

August 4th, 2022
Roger Has No Explanation.

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.): “It was a quite a gut punch. [Kinda like an illegal abortion, Senator.] Yes, I’m shocked, absolutely shocked. [Guess you’re spending too much time in DC. Maybe you should visit your state occasionally and get to know the people who live there. Or maybe Kansans should vote for a Senator not liable to be totally shocked by lopsided electoral outcomes in the state.] But regardless, I respect the process. .. That’s not what I was expecting, not what I was told the polling showed, and I thought it was gonna be a tight race. But it is what it is. And, again, I respect the process. I don’t have an explanation. [What a telling confession. You really have no explanation at all for this result? … Let’s start real slow for you. Are you able to come up with any explanation at all for why a person might vote in favor of abortion rights? Take your time.]

August 4th, 2022
The silent majority comes roaring back.

[I]f abortion supporters could fare as well as they did in Kansas, they would have a good chance to defend abortion rights almost anywhere in the country. The state may not be as conservative as Alabama, but it is much more conservative than the nation as a whole — and the result was not close. There are only seven states — in the Deep South and the Mountain West — where abortion rights supporters would be expected to fail in a hypothetically similar initiative.

August 3rd, 2022
‘All the conservatives who insisted they merely wanted to return the issue [of abortion] to the states will surely be good sports about this.’

Kansas is just a blip.

August 3rd, 2022
‘What the Republicans failed to realize, what the Supreme Court’s partisan theocrats failed to grasp, was that their own cultural values increasingly were at odds with the basic tenets of modernity, democracy, classical liberalism, and the Enlightenment. Living in the surround-sound world of Fox News, talk radio, and far-right social media, they failed to gauge how repulsive the world they wish to create is to a majority of Americans, and to a supermajority of young Americans.’

At one level, the Republicans do realize that actually winning the culture war requires them to do what the white South did to post-Reconstruction Blacks: deny their critics the right to vote. That’s become the fundamental electoral strategy of a party that understands that they can’t hold power in an America based on majority rule. But it may be that their racism, sexism, homophobia, assault-weapon infatuation, and primitive religiosity targets so wide a spectrum of Americans that no campaign of voter suppression can encompass all the Americans they’ve threatened, or deter all the enemies they’ve made. It was the good Republican middle-class suburbs of Kansas City that doomed their anti-choice amendment last night. Does the GOP have to keep them away from the polls, too?

You take away Americans’ established rights at your own peril, as Kansans made very clear last night.


Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect

August 3rd, 2022
Best summary so far of the latest Republican miscarriage. There will be more miscarriages.

In putting the issue before voters on a mid-summer primary day, conservatives in Kansas were banking on a low-turnout affair that would pave the way for an abortion ban in a reliably red state.

What they got instead was a lopsided loss that preserved the status quo yet also changed a whole swath of calculations about 2022.

The push to allow lawmakers to ban abortion in Kansas backfired spectacularly. It woke up suburban voters and even those in conservative parts of the state who didn’t want to pursue something that was practically invited by the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

It also brought an explosion of activism that Democrats hope carries them through to the fall — in the few states where abortion will be directly on the ballot and the many more where the issue will be more indirectly at stake.

August 2nd, 2022
Hell yeah.

And that’s Kansas, right?

NARAL comments:

Kansans protect abortion access in the first public vote on reproductive freedom since #SCOTUS overturned Roe.


Voters are putting MAGA Republicans on notice: When you come for our rights, we’ll show up at the ballot box.


“Staggering” turnout, and No to ending abortion rights wins by more than 60%. In some counties, the vote against ending the right to abortion was 95%.


Oh, but authoritarian common good freaks know what’s best for America. You can’t just allow these… referendums to take place all over the country, since most (all?) of them will simply reveal that Americans don’t understand God’s will. As soon as Ginni Thomas and Adrian Vermeule take over, we’ll happily bow to their divinely-inspired wisdom.

July 27th, 2022
In the wake of Viktor Orban’s “pure Nazi” speech, all of the high-profile American Orban enthusiasts say…

not one word. Vermeule, Dreher, Deneen…? Any interest in disavowing, or at least distancing?

Au contraire! Sing it!

 Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise our Viktor!
He shall win the victory!
Freedom dead, old Europe finished,
Full redemption now we see!
Vanquished all the evil powers
Through the Cross triumphantly!

Praise Him! Hitler resurrected!
God hath raised him from the dead!
Liberty and reason swallowed,
We from life to death are led!
Shattered is the light of wisdom
And His pow’r exhibited!

Praise Him! Orban’s now ascended!
God hath raised Him to the throne!
Far above all rule and power,
He the highest Name doth own!
All authority receiving
Till democracy is done!

Hallelujah, praise our Viktor
Triumphed on Mt. Budapest!
Hallelujah, resurrected,
Rayed in fascist holiness.
Hallelujah, now ascended,
He shall reign eternally!

July 8th, 2022
Bastards: Ours and Theirs

“We deserve a better class of bastards,”[said a British commentator about Boris Johnson].

We all do. Still, as an American, I have to say: Be thankful for what you’ve got.

July 2nd, 2022
A Cool Million

Almost there.

June 30th, 2022
A hundred million signatures / Are happ’ning ev’ry day!

Not that many. But the Clarence Clearance initiative is moving at an insane pace. We’re already on our way to 650,000, and new people are signing the petition every second.

June 29th, 2022
‘In the evening’s marquee contest, Democrats welcomed Mr. Bailey, the newly minted Republican nominee for Illinois governor, to the general election by tagging the opponent they had helped engineer as a “MAGA extremist.”’

Frenetic engineering on the part of the Dems pays off.

June 29th, 2022
Well on its way to 450,000…

… in a staggeringly short period of time. Every second someone signs.

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