Looking at you, Third Way, and Bernie Sanders, and well everyone else Markos talks about here. This.
Kentucky. The voters of Kentucky, in a 53-47 vote, told their Republican leaders to stuff it, they won’t let them put an extreme abortion ban into the state constitution. KENTUCKY.
That goes for Montana, too. The results aren’t yet final, but voters are rejecting a particularly cruel measure that would “require medical care to be provided for any infant born alive after an attempted abortion, induced labor, or other method.” That would mean that parents would be denied the chance to meet, hold, and say goodbye to a newborn that has no chance of survival outside of the womb. It would be whisked away and tortured with “life-saving care,” its only time on this earth marked by pain and chaos. Because forced birthers are fucking ghouls, and Montana voters reject them. So far, that one is failing 52-48.
Additionally, voters in California codified the right to an abortion AND the right to contraception, 65% to 35%. Voters in Vermont voted to put abortion and reproductive rights in the state constitution, that all individuals have a right to personal reproductive autonomy. That passed 76% to 24%. In Michigan, voters established in the Constitution the “individual right to reproductive freedom, defined as the right for individuals to make all decisions about pregnancy, including prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion, miscarriage management, and infertility.” That passed 57% to 43%.
From the huge victory in Kansas this summer, through all of the special elections, and through Tuesday, the voters are telling their elected officials what they want: to make their own damned decisions about their own damned bodies and their own damned families. Which, by the way, just happens to be an economic issue, too.
Election Night 2022 was full of surprises—mostly for people pushing the last couple months of traditional media narrative of a "red tsunami." The problem is that Americans are not super into the GOP. Markos and Kerry have been saying the media narrative was wrong for months, and on Tuesday, Daily Kos and The Brief team was validated. Time to celebrate!