The Cook Report says there are some Republicans and Indies who do NOT want their access top abortion, a ‘woman ‘s right’ taken away….
That Trump says he will try running on a conservative Supreme Court pick may be a mistake for him….
Joe Biden is moving to make the court an extension of Trump’s virus policy , which majority of Americans have a problem with….
Although Trump downplayed the abortion issue in 2016 in favor of more populist economic messages on trade and immigration, voters with mostly pro-choice attitudes made up more than a fifth of his support in plenty of battleground states: 25 percent in Iowa, 24 percent in Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania, 21 percent in Arizona and 20 percent in Ohio and Wisconsin.
For decades, many of these blue-collar, pro-choice Trump supporters had voted for Democrats because they saw Republicans as a coalition of corporatists and “Bible thumpers” who sermonized against abortion and same-sex marriage. But in 2016, many of them yearned for an anti-elite outsider and when Trump came along, they didn’t mind him as much.
Today, there may be an opportunity for Joe Biden to win back many of these Obama-to-Trump defectors by tying Trump to the “DC swamp:” Sen. Mitch McConnell and the establishment Republicans who want to “end Roe v. Wade, cut taxes for billionaires and strike down the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic.” In fact, polls show Biden already winning a robust share of these blue-collar voters.
The populist message Republicans should be most scared of probably goes something like: “In 2016, Trump promised to drain the swamp. Instead, he became the swamp: he let Mitch McConnell and stock-dumping, ultra-far right GOP senators write his entire domestic agenda.” But today, few ads by Biden or Democratic outside groups have attempted to make this link.
The bottom line: the millions of Obama-to-Trump voters who will decide the 2020 election in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and elsewhere tend to tune out attacks on Trump as a divisive or bad person. But they’ve long despised McConnell, “establishment” Republicans and the religious right — and a SCOTUS fight gives Democrats an opportunity to rip Trump’s coalition open….