Long before Mitt Romney took the idea of saying anything — ANYTHING — on a national stage if he thought it would get him a vote or two, we here in Minnesota had…
In the frenetic push to win all-important Ohio, Mitt Romney’s campaign is saying a lot of things to a lot of people. And on Monday, a top Romney surrogate told a group of Jewish voters in the Buckeye State that the landmark Supreme Court decision granting women the right to an abortion is in no danger of being overturned should Romney become president.
“President Bush was president eight years, Roe v. Wade wasn’t reversed. He had two Supreme Court picks, Roe v. Wade wasn’t reversed,” former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) told a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Beechwood, Ohio. “It’s not going to be reversed.”
If you’re a conservative and you’re really disappointed by this statement, I don’t blame you. If you’re a liberal and you don’t believe Norm Coleman as far as you could throw his shiny-toothedness, I also wouldn’t blame you.
Bottom line: At least two and as many as four Supreme Court justices are getting close to retirement age, and could retire during the next Presidential term. One more vote would be the death knell for a long slate of progressive reforms from the past century, including but not limited to Roe v. Wade, the Voting Rights Act, several important pieces of the New Deal, etc. So maybe we should take Romney at his word when he said “My view is that the Supreme Court should reverse Roe v. Wade and send back to the states the responsibility for deciding whether it’s is legal or not” (read: undo the sucker) or maybe we should take Coleman at his moderating word that Romney actually doesn’t think that and considers it settled law.
Or maybe we shouldn’t allow either of them anywhere near the levers of American political power ever again.