It’s 24 hours after Joe Biden’ s second hiccup since he started running for President….
The first was the ‘hands’ issue, which has faded away….
Now we have abortion….
Joe Biden does NOT favour abortion himself….
Joe Biden does support the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision ….
Then there is the Hyde Amendment…
Which limits federal funds for abortions…
The media has something to bite at now…
Other Democratic candidates , who haven’t been able to touch Biden , are now throwing down against his position …They are joined by the pro-choice community …
Will this help the others get some traction against Biden who leads the closest Bernie Sanders by almost 2-1 in most states?
Presidential front-runner Joe Biden faced swift and fierce backlash from fellow Democrats Wednesday after his campaign confirmed that he supports a four-decade-old ban on federal funding for abortion that much of his party has vowed to overturn.
Biden’s support of the Hyde Amendment, which is renewed annually through congressional spending bills, underscores a generational and cultural divide that’s separating the former vice president from the rest of the 2020 Democratic field….
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton called for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and, for the first time, a commitment to repeal appeared in the Democratic Party platform. That shift reflected in part a simple evolution of the Democratic coalition and in part the growing realization that being “pro-choice” didn’t mean much without a willingness to fight for increasingly imperiled practical access to abortion services.
So Joe Biden is definitely swimming against the tide in reinforcing support for Hyde, in a way that will enable reminders that he once didn’t support abortion rights at all and also opposed rape-and-incest exceptions from the Hyde ban. It doesn’t help that he appears to have recently flip-flopped:
Assuming there was a political calculation behind Biden’s positioning on Hyde, it’s probably based on polling showing that the amendment is popular among the general electorate and commands significant support from a minority of Democrats, too. But like every question involving abortion policy, measures of public opinion vary according to the framing, and the idea of denying abortion services to women who happen to be poor isn’t popular at all.
Could this issue be the one that finally brings inchoate ideological resistance to Joe Biden’s candidacy into sharp focus and erodes his rank-and-file support? It’s hard to say yet….