Perhaps the best moment of the 2012 campaign was this one, when President Obama deftly set a trap into which Willard Rmoney blindly stepped:
We've heard a great deal over the last four years about 11-dimensional chess and how this president plays the long game. Many on the progressive side have despaired as this president folded on issue after issue, while others have clung to the idea that Obama was playing some sort of 11-dimensional chess; that he knew very well what he was doing. You could argue that the fact that he was inaugurated again yesterday, in the middle of an economy that's still struggling, is evidence of that long game. You could also argue that he had the good fortune to run against arguably the most inept Republican nominee in our lifetime. I've long been inclined to regard this president as at best a moderate Republican, even back when most of my friends were insisting that Barack Obama was the "true" progressive candidate in 2008. But now I'm starting to wonder if this 11-dimensional chess might have been the real deal, especially after reading this:
As the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision takes place on Tuesday, a majority of Americans – for the first time – believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
What’s more, seven in 10 respondents oppose Roe v. Wade being overturned, which is the highest percentage on this question since 1989.
According to the poll, 54 percent of adults say that abortion should be legal either always or most of the time, while a combined 44 percent said it should be illegal – either with or without exceptions.
That’s the first time since this poll question was first asked in 2003 that a majority maintained that abortion should be legal. Previously (with just one exception in 2008), majorities said abortion should be illegal.
In addition, a whopping 70 percent of Americans oppose the Roe v. Wade decision being overturned, including 57 percent who feel strongly about this.
That’s up from the 58 percent who said the decision shouldn’t be overturned in 1989; the 60 percent who said this in 2002; and the 66 percent who said this in 2005.
By comparison, just 24 percent now want the Roe v. Wade decision overturned, including 21 percent who feel strongly about this position.
Much of this change, the NBC/WSJ pollsters say, is coming from African Americans, Latinos and women without college degrees -- all of whom increasingly oppose the Supreme Court decision being overturned.
The more outrageous the right's claims get, the more Obama greets them with some equivalent of, "Please continue, governor." And today we find that after decades of erosion of support for abortion (because it's easy to support forcing women to bear children they don't want or can't afford when it's an abstract concept), we now find that a majority support keeping Roe v. Wade as it is. We now find that support for gay marriage, though it has a long way to go, is on the rise. Fewer Americans are knee-jerk supporters of religious doctrine. Now it may very well be that these things are simply organic outgrowth of changing demographics. I'm not counting on it, but it may also be that in not answering the most vile things said by Republicans over the last four years, we may find that Barack Obama's "Eleven-Dimensioners" just may have been right.
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