The consensus among many media figures and political prognosticators is that the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade on abortion rights will energize Democratic voters far more so than Republicans ahead of the November midterm elections.
Concurrent with that assumption is also a theory that the reversal of Roe could also compel failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to once more make a run for the presidency, the Washington Examiner reported.
The purported constitutional right to abortion has always been a central animating element of Clinton’s political career, and she had wasted no time in responding Monday night to the leaked Supreme Court ruling that, if largely unchanged when formally released, would devolve the right to regulate abortions back to the individual states.
The leaked ruling could prompt another presidential run by Hillary
“Not surprising. But still outrageous,” Clinton tweeted of the leaked ruling Monday night. “This decision is a direct assault on the dignity, rights, & lives of women, not to mention decades of settled law. It will kill and subjugate women even as a vast majority of Americans think abortion should be legal. What an utter disgrace.”
The following day, one of Clinton’s biggest supporters, MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, shared a “random thought” she’d had that the Supreme Court overturning Roe could serve as the impetus to convince Clinton to run for the White House once more, according to the Examiner.
“I was thinking about Hillary Clinton and how this just might put her over the edge and make her jump back in,” the MSNBC personality said. “But it’s just — this is the kind of news that rocks your world as a woman.”
The Examiner noted that Brzezinski has been sort of pushing Clinton to launch another campaign for the presidency, to no avail, and as recently as March, according to Mediaite, when the host asked the former first lady, senator, and Secretary of State if she was “open to running for president again.”
Clinton had laughed and replied “No” but went on to affirm that she was “certainly going to be active in supporting women running for office and other candidates who I think should be reelected or elected.”
Ruling deliberately leaked to energize Democratic voters
The speculation about Hillary Clinton aside, Fox News reported this week that Democratic pollster and strategist Mark Penn, formerly a top advisor to former President Bill Clinton, put forward the theory that the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade had been deliberately leaked as part of an effort to energize an otherwise unenthusiastic Democratic voter base ahead of the November midterm elections.
“The leak of the … potential Supreme Court decision was, I think, clearly designed to affect both the court, and I think perhaps the midterms,” Penn told Fox News. “I think that Democrats were rather lackluster going into these midterms, had kind of a feeling of growing defeat coming.”
“This is going to provide an ability for Democrats to energize their base somewhat more than was going to happen without this,” he continued. “I think that that breathed new life into Democratic hopes for those midterm elections.”
Penn went on to suggest that this election cycle would see an increased turnout and record fundraising, but also noted that some voting blocs, such as suburban women, would be torn between voting for Democrats in support of abortion or Republicans over economic concerns.