Ah, the Sunday shows: a weekly opportunity for both sides to bring out one of their most telegenic members to spin the previous week’s news and give the audience some carefully crafted talking points.
I avoid paying attention to these cable news programs when I can because they usually amount to useless propaganda. But today I tuned in, knowing Republicans were going to have to offer some sort of response to the new the wall street journal survey showing that the reversal of Roe vs. Wade backfired spectacularly on them. (Sixty percent of voters now support abortion rights in most or all cases—from 55 percent in March – and respondents listed abortion as the top issue motivating them to vote this fall.) I wanted to see how they were trying to get this terrible news across and who they were pushing to do it.
It turned out to be Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Chairman of the Republican National Congressional Committee, who appeared on Fox News Sunday doing his best to sound confident about the midterms against mounting evidence to the contrary. He wished “good luck” to congressional Democrats who voted for the Women’s Health Protection Acta bill that would codify Roe v. Wade—what would be widely popular—and called it the “Chinese Genocide Bill”. (It’s unclear why anyone would bring China on the issue of abortion rights in America, except just to be xenophobic.)
Emmer then hypothesized that the Hunter Biden scandal is what is really will push voters to the polls this fall, despite the WSJ survey tell a very different story. Emmer said Democrats are “doing nothing” about President Joe Biden’s son while prosecuting former President Donald Trump for potential espionage and numerous other crimes. “Americans are pissed about this,” Emmer said. “They’re going to run in November, and the Democrats will answer for that.”
Let’s get rid of this: Hunter Biden is, indeed, a messy bitch. Unfortunately for Republicans, a majority of voters are content does not consider this problem a priority— perhaps because he holds no advisory position in the White House, unlike (ahem) Trump’s daughter and son-in-law. Meanwhile, the issue of reproductive rights profoundly affects people’s bodies and lives every day.
Again: I’m so sorry for just regurgitating what a Republican congressman said about Fox News Sunday—I wouldn’t waste your time on this if it wasn’t remarkable in some way. Considering the amount of calculation each party puts into who gets sent to Sunday shows and what those politicians are directed/allowed to say, Emmer’s remarks represent the best the GOP can come up with on learning that they miscalculated on abortion and thus lost their chance to win back Congress. They really trotted out the man in charge of the group trying to elect Republicans to the House of Representatives, and he spewed random racist madlibs about abortion plus “what about Hunter Biden”.
In short: Republicans are still fidgeting, badly.