Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Jan. 6 investigation, abortion


Amy Walter:


We’re really — it’s really unclear what the saliency of this issue is going to be. And even some Democrats are warning that, while it looks on paper like something like a complete overturning of Roe v. Wade would benefit Democrats, in that majorities of Americans say don’t overturn Roe v. Wade, that it might energize a Democratic base, that it may not be as sort of front and center and people are assuming.

And I look at a place like Texas, where we have been talking about this issue. They have been hearing about this issue in the state of Texas for quite some time. A new poll came out, I think it was last week. The top issue in state is the border; 33 percent of voters say, that is our top concern. Only 9 percent picked abortion.

And even among Democrats, just 15 percent picked abortion as their most important issue that they think should be addressed in Texas. For Republicans, almost two-thirds said the border. So, even on an issue where, again, it hasn’t been decided, as Tam said, and still making its way through the courts, but it has been discussed a lot, I think that the bigger question is, does it get completely overturned, where it is pretty clear, black and white, here’s what happened?

Or is it like, this Texas case, where there are sort of caveats and it is much more nuanced? And that is also where the question on how does this cut politically becomes more complicated, because, while very — I think it is like 19 percent or so of Americans believe in banning abortion totally, the majority of folks are somewhere kind of in the middle, not keep it — not have no restrictions on abortion, but also don’t restrict it completely.

So that is a very challenging ground to try to figure out.