Because it’s coming, and I’m afraid Paul Waldman might be right (boldface mine):
In blue states, Democrats are passing laws to enhance and secure abortion access. But although national Democrats could make the assault on women’s rights a mobilizing issue for the midterm elections, they seem reluctant to do so. Instead, they’re spending their time debating how best to focus on “kitchen table issues” and politely ask Republicans not to hit them too hard.
Meanwhile, Republicans know that even in the face of the Supreme Court’s ongoing assault on fundamental rights, only their side seems to care much about the future of the court. So Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can make it clear that Republicans will never again allow a Democratic president to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, and barely anyone takes notice, as if, hey, that’s just politics.
That’s why my great fear is that the court will overturn Roe this summer, consigning tens of millions of American women unfortunate enough to live in red states to a grim future, and Democrats will issue some stern press releases about it, then after a day or two go back to saying how they care about gas prices, too. Then they’ll be obliterated in the midterms, lose the House and Senate, and tell themselves it was all the left’s fault.
I hate to say it, but Waldman is probably right. Both the Democratic Party itself and its allied organizations are sclerotic. The issue isn’t that they lack message discipline, it’s that, come hell or high water (and thanks to global warming, we’ll get both!), they’re going to do the whole ‘Democrats Deliver’ strategy–which only works if people think you’ve delivered.
Lordy, we’re fucked. Happy Friday.