You will also, no doubt, remember that nearly every piece you read about gun control recently informed you that polls found large majority numbers of Americans -- the president claimed that 90 percent of Americans supported him -- in favor of expanded background checks. What you may not have heard is that Gallup (and many others) consistently find that strong majorities of Americans oppose not only third-trimester abortions but second-trimester abortions, as well.
That is the reason, of course, that coverage tends to conflate all positions on abortion -- throwing together those who believe that 22-week-old fetuses can feel pain and those who believe that a woman can avoid pregnancy while being raped if she prays hard enough -- so they can focus on the all-important political implications (hint: terrible for Republicans) of a debate they're already distorting. It's a lot easier to file the entire thing under "Troglodytes and the War on Women."
So Republicans will play the obstructionists (not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you), too busy building fortifications against progress to do anything useful but waste our time with another abortion bill. And though polls may show that gun control and immigration are also regarded as some of the least important problems facing Americans, those issues will be treated with the reverence that the Beltway press corps knows they deserve.
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