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  1. Franz Drumlin Member
    Franz Drumlin
    @FranzDrumlin

    JD Vance is a recent convert to Catholicism (2019). It will be fascinating to see how he handles himself in the upcoming Abortion Summer, if the Supremes strike do in fact overturn Roe v. Wade.

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  2. Justin Other Lawyer Coolidge
    Justin Other Lawyer
    @DouglasMyers

    JD Vance is not Christine O’Donnell or Todd Akin–much more savvy.  I think John P. is right–Vance may well be a DeSantis clone in the general election.

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  3. Justin Other Lawyer Coolidge
    Justin Other Lawyer
    @DouglasMyers

    Also, although overturning Roe is “not popular” in polling, I don’t thing Roe’s demise will have legs.  First, November is a long way away–I suspect much will happen between now and November that will have a much greater effect on the electoral outcome.  Second, there will be enough time between now and November for people to realize that virtually nothing has changed on the abortion front follow Roe.  People will come to realize that abortion is still legal in virtually every state.  As it stands now, most people don’t really know what “overturning Roe” means.  I’m not saying abortion “punches” won’t ever land; I just don’t think it will have the extreme negative effect for Republicans that many predict.  The economy will still drive the election (at least that’s my prediction).

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  4. Jager Coolidge
    Jager
    @Jager

    Justin Other Lawyer (View Comment):

    Also, although overturning Roe is “not popular” in polling, I don’t thing Roe’s demise will have legs. First, November is a long way away–I suspect much will happen between now and November that will have a much greater effect on the electoral outcome. Second, there will be enough time between now and November for people to realize that virtually nothing has changed on the abortion front follow Roe. People will come to realize that abortion is still legal in virtually every state. As it stands now, most people don’t really know what “overturning Roe” means. I’m not saying abortion “punches” won’t ever land; I just don’t think it will have the extreme negative effect for Republicans that many predict. The economy will still drive the election (at least that’s my prediction).

    I think this is exactly right.  The economy will be the biggest issue. For most of the people in the Country things will not change between now and November because Roe is repealed. The left maybe over playing their hand a bit on Rowe. 

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  5. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    Life begins at conception. That’s scientific fact. That’s biology. The only faith involved is the faith it takes to trust the science. It’s an organism, and it has human DNA. It’s a human being.

    If you wanna say not all humans are persons or not all persons have a special kind of soul, fine and dandy. But that‘s an act of faith, or an act of philosophy. But science says human life begins at conception.

    Use the Aristotelian definition of soul, and philosophy and faith can stick with science easily enough.

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  6. Painter Jean Member
    Painter Jean
    @PainterJean

    John Podhoretz, you stated that the idea that life begins at conception is a religious belief – wrong! It’s scientific fact. Life is, biologically, a progression:  a new human life (not a “potential” life, and not a frog or cat) comes into being at conception. With other animals, this is recognized in law: if you destroy bald eagle eggs, for example, you will be prosecuted.

    What is also telling is the attitude of the law in regards to uncertainty: If you are out deer hunting and are not sure if the shadowy form you see is or is not a deer, you are obliged not to shoot. But if there’s uncertainty if the human fetus is actually human, blaze away!

     

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  7. TallCon Coolidge
    TallCon
    @TallCon

    Yes yes yes, all very important and literally life changing issues.

    But are we going to let Pod get away with saying that May 4th is the 45th anniversary of Star Wars while he’s claiming his “nerd cred”?!?

    Star Wars Day is May 25th, which will be the 45th anniversary of Star Wars. May the 4th is an amusing play on words and a day that people the world over pay (more) attention to Star Wars. (And according to many sources was first used in connection with the election of Margaret Thatcher.)

    OK. I feel better now. You can go on about your business.

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  8. Justin Other Lawyer Coolidge
    Justin Other Lawyer
    @DouglasMyers

    TallCon (View Comment):

    Yes yes yes, all very important and literally life changing issues.

    But are we going to let Pod get away with saying that May 4th is the 45th anniversary of Star Wars while he’s claiming his “nerd cred”?!?

    Star Wars Day is May 25th, which will be the 45th anniversary of Star Wars. May the 4th is an amusing play on words and a day that people the world over pay (more) attention to Star Wars. (And according to many sources was first used in connection with the election of Margaret Thatcher.)

    OK. I feel better now. You can go on about your business.

    I’m not much of a Star Wars nerd (although I am the proper age group), but I did wonder about that.  I had thought the “May the 4th” thing was a more recent invention and was surprised to “learn” from JPod the origin story.  Thanks for setting the record straight.

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