Washington Post Opinion: Distinguished pols of the week: Pro-choice female candidates channel the anger of millions

 
 
KEY POINTS: 

  • The leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court reversing Roe v. Wade that would send abortion back to the states reverberated throughout the country. In Senate races, in particular, we saw female Democratic candidates capture the zeitgeist with some righteous fury.

  • Sarah Godlewski, the Wisconsin state treasurer who is seeking to oust gaffe machine and Trump sycophant Sen. Ron Johnson (R) — was the first out of the gate Thursday with a new TV ad.

  • All Democrats in Godlewski’s race are pro-choice, but she best channeled the raw emotion many are experiencing. For Godlewski and other women, this is very real and very personal.

  • Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s other senator, Tammy Baldwin (who is not up this cycle), reminded voters in a Thursday news conference that if Roe is repealed, an 1849 law banning abortions in her state will go into effect. The Democrat urged passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act (which she co-sponsors) to codify Roe in federal law.

  • The reticence of most elected Republicans (or their desperation to focus on the leak) show they know repealing Roe is a losing issue in most places. Moreover, the intensity on the issue appears to have shifted to the pro-choice side as the fear of losing rights sinks in. Democrats who feared Republicans would be more inclined to turn out in the midterms certainly have an issue now that focuses the minds and harnesses the emotions of millions of women.

  • The pending losses of personal autonomy might not only tip the scales in favor of candidates who are abortion rights advocates, but in favor of female pro-choice candidates specifically. Judging from the passion expressed by these Senate candidates (as well as Vice President Harris and other female Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts), women running for office might have an advantage. Authenticity and passion matter to voters. Engaging young and female voters might be pivotal to winning their race.

  • For seizing the moment, raising the alarm and perfectly expressing the raw emotion many women experienced this week, we can say, well done, Ms. Godlewski, Ms. Cortez Masto and Ms. Beasley.

Read the full column here.


CNN: Abortion Issue Could Motivate Midterm Voters on Both Sides

 
TRANSCRIPT: 

  • EVA MCKEND: […] Democratic hopefuls are already running on this issue. Take Sarah Godlewski for instance. She is in a crowded Democratic primary in Wisconsin. She already cut an ad. I think we see here, right here. Where she’s on the front steps of the Supreme Court drawing a contrast between herself and potentially, if she clears that primary, the Republican incumbent Ron Johnson who holds that seat.

[…]

  • GODLEWSKI: For my race for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, we have a complete abortion ban on the books. There’s no exception, not for rape or for incest, and a majority of Wisconsinites don’t want Roe overturned. So, this is a gamechanger. I think Wisconsinites are going to be motivated. They’re gonna want to go to the polls because womens’ lives are at risk if anything happens. 

Watch the full clip here.


NBC Meet the Press: Sarah Godlewski Ad

 
TRANSCRIPT: 

  • CHUCK TODD: Already, Democrats are raising the issue in competitive midterm races, from Michigan to Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada to Wisconsin …

  • SARAH GODLEWSKI: I’m at the Supreme Court, where it looks like Ron Johnson is going to get exactly what he wants: overturning Roe v. Wade.

  • CHUCK TODD: as both parties try to define each other by their most extreme positions.

Watch the full clip here.

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