I'm not sure it's possible to overstate the significance of Kansas overwhelmingly voting against stripping abortion protections out of the state constitution yesterday.

Kansas is not a blue state. It has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964. It has not elected a Democratic senator since 1930.

It's hard to look at 59% voting to keep abortion protections and not think that by clearly and sweepingly overturning Roe v. Wade, the GOP may have awakened a sleeping giant.

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If you think I’m overstating things, take a look at the polling on the “generic Congressional ballot” (i.e. not asking people about specific candidates, just asking them if they think Republicans or Democrats should be in control of Congress).

After Republicans being several points ahead there since the end of last year, support for Democrats started moving up at the beginning of July and has not stopped. It’s currently a dead heat.

The Dobbs decision (which overturned Roe) was issued on June 24.

@jalefkowit I think the lesson is that extreme pro-lifers and extreme pro-choicers will both be disappointed by the laws the states enact.

But (as I've written elsewhere), once some sort of messy compromise is enacted, the issue may fade in importance for the US public, as it has in European countries.

@jalefkowit Trump’s endorsements of crazy politicians are also helping the Democrats. America almost experienced a civilian coup & many people are pushing back against conservative authoritarians returning to power.

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