You love to see it: [NBC]
Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters softened his tone and scrubbed his website’s policy page of tough abortion restrictions Thursday as his party reels from the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Just after it released the ad, Masters’ campaign published an overhaul of his website and softened his rhetoric, rewriting or erasing five of his six positions. NBC News took screenshots of the website before and after it was changed. Masters’ website appeared to have been refreshed after NBC News reached out for clarification about his abortion stances.
“I am 100% pro-life,” Masters’ website read as of Thursday morning.
That language is now gone.
So the people who’ve been selling themselves as hard-right culture warriors for months are going to switch gears and market themselves as moderates for the duration? I mean, that kind of thing can work — we’ve all seen it.
But the switcheroo might be a harder sell since the extremist kooks Republicans put on the SCOTUS have ripped a right away from half the voting population. Even DeSantis is subtly back-pedaling: [Politico]
DeSantis said he was in favor of additional “pro-life protections” after the Supreme Court overturned Roe. He recently signed Florida’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks into law, but the governor has not articulated what other steps he would take or accept. During a press conference Tuesday, DeSantis said “the first thing” is to “defend what we’ve done,” a reference to the ongoing legal challenge to the new ban. “We want to make sure what we’ve done will stick,” said DeSantis, adding that the current law was “difficult to achieve.”
Framing it as an issue of legal caution is absurd because DeSantis is already shoveling millions of Florida taxpayer dollars to a wingnut chum’s fancy DC law firm to defend the many unconstitutional laws he’s already signed. At $725 an hour!
The linked Politico article also includes results of a new poll on the Florida gubernatorial race. The news isn’t great — DeSantis is up 51% to Crist’s 46%. But the poll also found that independents — about a third of FL voters — are “turning on DeSantis,” and it was taken before Crist walloped Fried this week.
According to the pollsters, DeSantis drops below 50% when the homeowners insurance crisis and abortion rights topics are introduced. So Crist knows where to focus. I hope he also pounds on the guns issue because DeSantis has said he will pursue “open carry” in a second term, and the last fucking thing on earth Florida needs is open carry. Jesus God, read a room.
Anyhoo, it’s an uphill climb, but I’m not giving up on this race. It is definitely possible to make DeSantis a one-term governor and zero-term president.
PS: Twice in the last year, most recently yesterday, I helped someone move. Why the fuck are people asking a not very fit and decidedly middle-aged woman to carry heavy objects in the hot sun? If I’m ever asked again, I’m just gonna laugh and say, “I’m an old woman! Fuck off!” I mean, there have to be some advantages, right? I’m going to claim that one, goddamnit!