Governor Katherine Blanco (D) has signed into law a ban on all pregnancy terminations in the state of Louisiana, exceptions being made when the life of the mother is at stake.
"The Louisiana ban would take effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Medicaid, which provides health benefits for the poor and disabled, requires funding for abortions in cases of rape or incest. Louisiana would allow those exceptions so long as it was required for Medicaid funding."
Now, seeing this, I am further convinced that Louisiana generally, and New Orleans in particular, is the true current front line of the culture war as well as the competency-in-government war. I think it has been this way since Katrina.
So what, pray tell, is the left-left's response? Cut & Run. I'm usually a fan of Kos & Atrios, but fellas, giving up on Louisiana & New Orleans is what we have blasted the other side for. I was absolutely shocked at the comments sections. I ain't a big fan of this trigger law either, but (unlike the left-left, apparently) I actually have to deal with neighbors, friends and family who are. Write off Louisiana? A Southern state that voted for Bill Clinton twice?? To me, it would seem that this move is the clarion call to roll up the sleeves and get to work.
Needless to say, this stance by the boys has drawn some choice words from Crescent City Cyberspace: Suspect Device has a good place to start.
Oh, and Duncan? Markos? Don't think for a second that I will even consider donating time or money to any of the candidates for whom you solicit. My money needs to stay here, to make up for the dozens of dollars you no doubt would have spent, and I will continue to remind my circle of readers that however progressive or positive or needy any candidate in another state might be, we do indeed have more important things to attend to here at home.Big, fat hat tip to Humid City for this one.