?Playbook PM kicks off with the results of a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll showing broad support for the position to ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports. https://t.co/T2CZNdsPkB pic.twitter.com/DUrUhbgTqQ— Vanessa Santos (@VanessaOblinger) March 10, 2021
To those who believe the best path to ending abortion is overturning Roe and allowing the states to decide, they ignore how easily corporate power brings the states to heel on social issues. Indiana, North Carolina, Arizona, South Dakota, etc. – all ruled by Apple and Amazon.— Patrick Deneen (@PatrickDeneen) March 23, 2021
In a nutshell, this episode illustrates why I am not a Republican.
In theory, the Republican Party is supposed to represent social conservatives, but in practice it is often a different story. We have seen it time and again when issues like this come up in states like Indiana, Arkansas, North Carolina and Georgia to name a few where voters want one thing and powerful business interests are opposed and Republicans end up siding with the business interests, not their own voters. See also the Mississippi State Flag or the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina Statehouse.
In the 2016 election, social conservatives voted for Donald Trump in order to save Anthony Scalia’s seat and preserve the 5-4 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch who was the darling of the conservative legal movement. Last summer, Gorsuch screwed social conservatives in the Bostock decision and ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covered transgenderism. Nothing changed after Anthony Kennedy left the court who wrote the Obergefell v. Hodges decision that legalized gay marriage. Even with a 6-3 Supreme Court, social conservatives still lose.
Republican state legislatures like to play a game where they will do things like pass bills which throw red meat to their base like outlawing “trans women” in women’s sports. These laws are inevitably challenged in federal court. Then Republican appointed libertarian judges rule in favor of liberals on everything from sodomy to gay marriage to transgenderism to affirmative action. In this case though, the “trans women” in women’s sports bill didn’t get past … Gov. Kristi Noem in South Dakota.