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Republican Governments Will Do Bad Things

[ 14 ] March 8, 2012 |

The new Virginia abortion bill is terrible legislation, but I don’t think it’s accurate to say that it was the result of pro-choice “blunders.” On balance, given a very difficult political context, pro-choice groups in Virginia if anything achieved more than could have been reasonably expected, helping to get 4 out of 5 proposed bad bills defeated and winning concessions on the one that did pass.

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  1. mds says:

    Yeah, I’m still mildly surprised that the Forces of Light were able to get a reactionary shitstain like McDonnell to back down even slightly, and get a viciously misogynist bill made even slightly less misogynist. Modern Republican control of a state legislature and governorship usually means they go ahead and do whatever they want regardless of public opinion. So, if someone wants to explain how a legislative majority of slimy theocratic pigfuckers somehow doesn’t pass some sort of “Punish the filthy sluts for their filthy sluttiness” legislation, I’m open to it. Especially since organizing against the more egregiously offensive version might pay future dividends in swinging the pendulum back from rule by Talibornagain assholes.

  2. joe from Lowell says:

    Elections have consequences. The pro-choice PACs and activists don’t decide what Republican legislatures do after the score a big electoral win and take over a state government, except along a very narrow margin.

    • Njorl says:

      I suppose one could argue that they only needed to flip one senator. I’d like to know who that senator would be and how they were supposed to get him or her to flip, though.

  3. Grung_e_Gene says:

    Republicans are specifically tasked with doing as much damage in government as possible. Once they get in their job is to be a Governmental Suicide Bomber.

    They do this because they know after causing massive damage to vital governmental functions they can turn around and chirp ‘Government doesn’t work!’ and the real kicker is if the people become aware the Republican is governing in bad faith as with Scott Walker, they know they are assured millions in speaking fees for being a dutiful soldier for the 1%.

    So, we can all look forward to years of Republican attempts to eliminate medicare, steal social security, and raise taxes on the middle class to fund tax breaks on the wealthy.

  4. cpinva says:

    but that’s the beauty of the republicans. they know (at least the still sane ones do) that this bill will get shot down on judicial review. it doesn’t matter. they’ll bring it up againa and again, all over the country, like some lunatic whack-a-bill, requiring massive amounts of time & cash to get it trashed in court, time & cash that could have been better utilized on other things.

    the only way to stop them is to squash them at the polls.

  5. rea says:

    The notion that legislation turns on willpower and not votes keeps getting floated, despite its evident absurdity.

  6. joe from Lowell says:

    I’m not exactly clear about which part of “jobs, jobs, jobs” this falls under.

  7. David Kaib says:

    I tend to agree that pro-choice groups didn’t make any blunders, and certainly Republicans will do bad things is undeniable. But there is a lot of room between that and the notion that these results were inevitable, which I think is a temptation we need to avoid.

    There was enormous mobilization for a time over this bill, and once the changes were made, that mobilization ceased. When people were mobilized, the Republicans were on the defensive, when (most) people demobilized they went back to business.

    Certainly it’s worth remembering that when Republicans mobilized under the Tea Party banner, despite the Dems winning big in ’08, it shifted the debate. What was controversial or not changed. This all began prior to the election of 2010. Elections matter, but they aren’t the only thing that matters.

    Most of the time, Republicans get away with what they get away with because no one fights them. When Democrats in office or activists do, things look different. Not completely different, by any stretch. But different.

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