No, it’s not what you think. Rather it is that some Democrats are now talking about the expected Obama win leading to the pushing through congress of a “federal law codifying Roe v. Wade, including a broad preemption clause to prohibit state laws that interfere with abortion rights. In one stroke, such a law would blow away the claims that Roe represents an illegitimate attack on the democratic process, stop the state by state chipping away of abortion rights, and make the prospect of a Supreme Court reversal of Roe more remote and far less damaging.”
I’m of two minds about this. Abortion, especially relative to Judicial appointments, is one of the big areas where I think one can justifiably vote against Obama. However assuming Democrats pick up enough seats in the House and Senate next month to pass such a bill what would be the result? I think this would be the beginning of the Republican rebirth. Anyone remember Clinton’s Crime Bill and how that revitalized the Republican movement? I think Obama pushing this through would do more to recreate conservatism than anything else.
Given that one of the big reasons I’m voting for Obama is to get Republicans to take seriously their flaws of leadership and rebuild the part in a more authentic way, I’m not sure I really oppose this move by Democrats. Other than federal financing I don’t think it’ll really affect the status quo in any practical fashion. But it sure will do a lot to reform a party that desperately needs reform.