The Mightiest Midterm Win

As the Midterm Apocalypse was sliced and diced on the Day After, pundits noted the “Kavanaugh Effect,” whereby Senate Democrats who joined in the smear-and-delay campaign against then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh lost their bids for reelection in states that had supported President Trump in 2016.  On the other hand, Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, moistened finger in the wind, had crossed the aisle at the last minute, supporting Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, and voters from his state favored him by three percentage points.  Lindsey Graham dubbed this “Kavanaugh’s revenge.”

Such analysis may be a bit of an exaggeration of what happened, but there is no denying that the seating of Brett Kavanaugh on a U.S. Supreme Court that is the most conservative and originalist one in recent memory had a major effect on two largely unheralded measures decided on November 6—measures that may prove profoundly decisive regarding the most fundamentally contentious political issue of our time.

Sentient observers know that the entire Kavanaugh circus—the incredible 11th-hour allegations, the parades with pink genital headwear, the handmaiden costumes, Spartacus, the Flake elevator stunt, the Ciceronian Susan Collins moment—was about one thing: abortion.  For the first time since the back-stabbing disappointment of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, it now seems that...

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