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Brooks and Capehart on Democrats’ climate bill and critical primary election


David Brooks:

Well, that says a couple of things.

The first is that Americans are quite moderate on abortion. And if they–if you can have a law that will allow people to have abortions up to 22 weeks or somewhere there, most Americans would support that. And they don’t like the idea of ​​getting rattled, which they think the Supreme Court did with Dobbs.

And so what struck me about the results in Kansas wasn’t just, like, the blue games that came out and were super active. If you go to the red parts of Kansas, which are pretty red, the pro-life community has underperformed everywhere, absolutely everywhere.

And so, to me, that’s a voter vindication, that we could — one of the issues with Roe v. Wade is that we took the hands off the voters. But you look at what just happened in Kansas, you think, well, pretty sensible.

And if we can sort that out to give people real choices, as opposed to the extremes in state legislatures, most states, the vast majority of states, are going to come out to where the polls suggest most Americans are, which is this middle ground, where it’s not forbidden to have an abortion, not for nine months, but somewhere in the middle there.

And so, to me, it’s a justification of democracy. And I – frankly, I wish we had been doing this for a few decades.


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