Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Alito and the Democrat resurgence

Bush has finally found the Supreme Court judge he needs to form the five required to overturn Roe v. Wade. Alito seems to be another easy nomination, unless someone can prove that the allegations that he is mobbed up are true (a prominent Italian-American attorney from New Jersey mobbed up? who could think such a thing?). The intriguing aspect is whether it is the Democrats who really want Alito and the inevitable end of abortion rights in the United States.

The historic turn in American politics occurred when the Democrats did the right thing and decided to support the civil rights movement, leading to the loss of their natural base, the Southern cracker vote and those who think like Southern crackers. Although much current Republican electoral success is based on fixed voting machines, it is also true that Republicans have been winning consistently for years, even before the voting machines were fixed, largely based on the deep racism still holding up American politics. Racial politics may have killed the Democrats, but sexual politics may kill the Republicans.

Suburban Republican supporters organize their covert lives around free access to abortion just like everybody else does. It would put a real damper on the party once their teenaged daughters start having to go to back-room abortionists, or the costs of an unwanted child start to impinge on the disposable income. The end of Roe v. Wade, something that polls consistently show is unpopular among all American groups (except the religious nuts, people who tend to access abortion rights more than most, and who lie when they answer polls), might form the historic turn in American politics when the Republican Party destroys itself. Many Democrats may be quietly cheering Alito's nomination.