Dr. Oz: “When John Fetterman is asked, ‘If you could wave a magic wand, what’s the 1 thing you would do?’ … He says, ‘Well, I’d get rid of life in prison.’”— The Recount (@therecount) October 14, 2022
NBC’s Dasha Burns: “I asked him that. He actually said it would be codifying Roe v. Wade and abolishing the filibuster.” pic.twitter.com/rbGrZFWvBf
This is another reason why I am voting this year.
“President Biden on Tuesday said that he would make an abortion rights bill the first piece of legislation he will send to Congress next year if Democrats elect more senators and his party keeps control of the House. …
If Democrats keep the House and win more seats in the Senate, the first bill he will send to the next Congress will be to codify Roe — to be signed into law around the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling on Jan. 22, 2023. …”
Normally, I gripe about Republicans for winning elections and squandering power, but this year in Alabama they passed “anti-trans” legislation and ended “a woman’s right to choose.” They won a major culture war victory and followed up on it by actually wielding power.
Joe Biden has vowed to nuke the filibuster to codify Roe. This is his top priority in the next Congress. If John Fetterman and Tim Ryan win their Senate races and Democrats hold Congress, then Democrats will get rid of the filibuster to legalize abortion nationwide with no restrictions. Once the precedent has been set that the filibuster can get nuked to settle a contentious social issue like abortion, the same people will swiftly move to carve out more “exceptions” to the filibuster on immigration and gun control.
The filibuster is the reason why 95% of the awful crap that passed the House under Nancy Pelosi like DC statehood never went anywhere in the Senate. Manchin and Sinema refused to change the filibuster. Fetterman, Ryan, Warnock and their ilk are running on getting rid of the filibuster.
Note: Even the worst Republicans in the Senate like Mitt Romney or Lindsey Graham aren’t going to vote to nuke the filibuster. The worst Republican Senate candidates like Dr. Oz and Herschel Walker aren’t going to get rid of the filibuster. As long as the filibuster remains intact, the worst outcomes like a massive amnesty for illegal aliens and banning assault weapons will die in the Senate.