Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Fallout from Ida and that other storm in Texas

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Fallout from Ida and that other storm in Texas

Ruth Marcus/WaPo:

The Supreme Court aids and abets Texas in violating women’s constitutional rights

Congratulations, Texas, you did it. You figured out a way to write an antiabortion law that everyone agrees is unconstitutional under current law — and to ensure that the women whose rights are being violated don’t have the ability to challenge it in court.

And a five-justice Supreme Court majority, instead of slapping down this end run around the Constitution and the judicial process, is happily aiding and abetting it.

Late Wednesday night, the court announced it would not block the new Texas law while the legal challenge made its way through the federal courts. Amazing, even for this conservative court. It’s a sad day for women, but also for the rule of law.

Both Uber and Lyft now announcing they will be covering any legal fees of ridershare drivers if they were to be sued under Texas’ new abortion law SB8 https://t.co/gwAEsCnCK4

— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) September 3, 2021

Housekeeping note:  there will be no pundit roundup on Monday Sept 6, Labor Day.

Adam Serwer/Atlantic:

Five Justices Did This Because They Could

Emergency appeals have become the tool of choice for the conservative movement.

The conservative majority on the Supreme Court was so eager to nullify Roe v. Wade, the 1973 precedent securing the right to abortion, that it didn’t even wait for oral arguments.

Instead, in the middle of the night, five of the high court’s conservatives issued a brief, unsigned order allowing a Texas law that bans abortion at six weeks. The law also gives private citizens the authority to sue anyone who “knowingly … aids or abets” an abortion and rewards them with $10,000 if successful, essentially placing a bounty on anyone wishing to end a pregnancy, and anyone who might help them. Texas is now rewarding residents who snitch to the state on the most intimate details of other people’s lives.

Since the so-called alarmists have been right about everything, can we concede that they weren’t, in fact, being alarmists?

— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) September 2, 2021

Harry Enten/CNN:

The chance of Gov. Gavin Newsom getting recalled is declining in California

The biggest poll published this week came from the Public Policy Institute of California. A clear majority of likely voters, 58%, said they were voting “no” on the recall. Just 39% indicated that they would vote to recall Newsom.
It’s worth noting that the institute’s poll does show Republicans making up 4 points more of likely voters than registered voters in the poll. A turnout advantage for Republicans matches with what we’ve seen historically in California for off-year elections with a Democratic president. The degree of any Republican turnout advantage does differ from election to election.

That Texas abortion law is so crazy, even the WSJ edit page dislikes it — and recognizes the political peril it presents for the GOP. pic.twitter.com/ymya0NW4Vz

— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) September 3, 2021

Tara Parker-Pope/NY Times:

Worried About Breakthrough Infections? Here’s How to Navigate This Phase of the Pandemic.

If you’re vaccinated, you should think about a number of variables, including your overall health, where you live and the risks you take.

To understand why there is no simple answer to this question, think about another common risk: driving in a snowstorm. While we know that tens of thousands of people are injured or killed each year on icy roads, your individual risk depends on local conditions, the speed at which you travel, whether you’re wearing a seatbelt, the safety features on your car and whether you encounter a reckless driver on the road.

Your individual risk for Covid after vaccination also depends on local conditions, your overall health, the precautions you take and how often you are exposed to unvaccinated people who could be infected.

“People want to be told what to do — is it safe if I do this?” said Dr. Sharon Balter, director of the division of communicable disease control and prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “What we can say is, ‘These are the things that are more risky, and these are the things that are less risky.’”

Dr. Balter’s team has recently collected surveillance data that give us a clearer picture of the difference in risk to the vaccinated and unvaccinated as the Delta variant surged from May 1 through July 25. They studied infections in 10,895 fully vaccinated people and 30,801 unvaccinated people. The data showed that:

The rate of infection in unvaccinated people is five times the rate of infection in vaccinated people. By the end of the study period, the age-adjusted incidence of Covid-19 among unvaccinated persons was 315.1 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period compared to 63.8 per 100,000 incidence rate among fully vaccinated people. (Age adjustment is a statistical method used so the data are representative of the general population.)

That Texas abortion law is so crazy, even the WSJ edit page dislikes it — and recognizes the political peril it presents for the GOP. pic.twitter.com/ymya0NW4Vz

— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) September 3, 2021

NY Times:

We Work at the A.C.L.U. Here’s What We Think About Vaccine Mandates.

Do vaccine mandates violate civil liberties? Some who have refused vaccination claim as much.

We disagree.

At the A.C.L.U., we are not shy about defending civil liberties, even when they are very unpopular. But we see no civil liberties problem with requiring Covid-19 vaccines in most circumstances.

Some thoughts about why Democrats need to make fighting right wing radicalization and defending our democracy central to everything we do. https://t.co/wL3qdf8023

— Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) September 3, 2021

Heather Cox Richardson/Letters from an American:

“’Overturning Roe v. Wade,’” Lydia Saad of Gallup wrote, “is a shorthand way of saying the Supreme Court could decide abortion is not a constitutional right after all, thus giving control of abortion laws back to the states. This does not sit well with a majority of Americans or even a large subset of Republicans. Not only do Americans oppose overturning Roe in principle, but they oppose laws limiting abortion in early stages of pregnancy that would have the same practical effect.”

While it is hard to remember today, the modern-day opposition to abortion had its roots not in a moral defense of life but rather in the need for President Richard Nixon to win votes before the 1972 election. Pushing the idea that abortion was a central issue of American life was about rejecting the equal protection of the laws embraced by the Democrats far more than it was ever about using the government to protect fetuses.

Thread: How the California recall scheme is part of a broader conservative effort to make democracy obsolete. This is a summary of my latest for @DiscoverFlux: https://t.co/QktBNBziMY

— Matthew Sheffield (@mattsheffield) September 3, 2021

NY Times:

Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns

Repeated shocks from hurricanes, fires and floods are pushing some rural communities, already struggling economically, to the brink of financial collapse.

FAIR BLUFF, N.C. — It’s been almost five years since Hurricane Matthew flooded this small town on the coastal plain of North Carolina. But somehow, the damage keeps getting worse.

The storm submerged Main Street in four feet of water, destroyed the town hall, the police and fire departments, and flooded almost a quarter of its homes. After two weeks underwater, the roads buckled. The school and grocery store shut, then didn’t reopen. When Hurricane Florence submerged the same ground two years later, in 2018, there was little left to destroy.

What started as a physical crisis has become an existential one. The town’s only factory, which made vinyl products, closed a few months after Matthew. The population of around 1,000 fell by about half. The federal government tried to help, buying the homes of people who wanted to leave, but those buyouts meant even less property tax, tightening the fiscal noose.

Al Leonard, the town planner, who is responsible for its recovery, said his own job may have to be eliminated, and maybe the police department, too.

Public approval of labor unions has been steadily increasing since 2009, when it hit a historic low (48%). That figure now sits at 68%—a 56-year high. https://t.co/RRODEbDohG pic.twitter.com/SN2blYwXNM

— Michael Baharaeen (@mbaharaeen) September 3, 2021

From Daily Kos at Read More. This article is republished from DailyKos under an open content license. Read the original article at DailyKos.

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