But the abortion issue plays so well.
Had a yellow dog reply to me the other day "I hope Roe is overturned before 2008!" In response to my entry on the impending Democrat Victory at the polls.
The elections that will be impacted are the 2006 elections (2008's will probably also go against the Reps, but that's still 2 years off) The complete lack of focus on the part of the sitting government is what is going to cost the Republican's plenty, not the reversal of Roe. On the subject of what is important to Americans right now, Roe and Abortion isn't even on the map. Nor do I think it will be reversed or even severely impacted.
Oh, they could change the "on demand" status, and the Religious Reich would crow to the heavens about the "victory" they'd achieved. But science and precedent aren't behind a reversal of the current ruling. I don't see how the SCOTUS can see it's way to a 'reversal'. Which means that Abortion stays legal and will be privately funded (in fewer places) and that the more logical chemical approaches to 'family planning' will take the front seat.
The issue should die there. Why? I made this argument a long time ago, you can't have a murder if you don't have a body. There is no body with a morning after pill (the method of choice these days) or one of the other early use chemicals. So attempting to inflict the morality of "life at conception" through the use of law is just another downward spiral. Just brings on the major societal change that much sooner.
The fact is that what people DO find important isn't being addressed. The "war", the lackluster economy, etc. The fact that, even with half the income of America at the gov'ts disposal, it still takes years to get a city rebuilt. (N'Orleans)
There is some serious dissatisfaction out there, and I don't see the Republicans addressing it. Come to think of it, I don't see mainstream Dems addressing it either.