Recently, bloggers Vikki (the post "Still think he's a maverick, ya fucking idiots") and Todd have pointed out the hilarity and pathos of John McCain suddenly starting to pander to the far-right of his party, after supposedly flirting with middle-of-the-road voters of both major parties.
While we voters from the middle on to the left know it's a load of shite, apparently there are dreamers on the far right who believe the shit the Republican Party shovels. Whether it's abortion or flag-burning, they put that football down in front of their voters every election, and of course it gets pulled up as they kick.
Now here comes Lucy, er, I mean, John McCain, telling them that he believes that Roe v. Wade needs to be overturned.
I have bad news for them. The average American wants abortion to remain legal-- and safe-- and will never allow it to happen. And in 1992, even conservative Supreme Court justices like David Souter and Anthony Kennedy voted to keep abortion legal.
I was only 11 on January 22, 1973, when the supreme court made it's decision that states did not have the right to make abortion illegal, citing a woman's right to privacy and due process under the 14th Amendment. I was too young to witness things I've read about and heard about-- policemen investigating women who'd had stillbirths and miscarriages to make sure women hadn't gotten abortions. To make abortions illegal would be a bureaucratic and law enforcement nightmare, even bigger than a flag-burning law or amendment would be. ("Oh, I'm sorry-- your flag had only 49 stars on it. You're free to go") Everybody knows it. Well, almost everybody. Abortion will never be illegal again. And the dirty secret is that the Republicans, for the most part know it. But it won't keep them from putting that football in front of the far-right of their party again and again, because like Charlie Brown, they go for it every time.