Largely lost in the recent media frenzy over Hillary’s pneumonia was this little reminder of actual policy from Mike Pence, speaking at the Values Voters Summit:
“I want to live to see the day that we put the sanctity of life back at the center of American law, and we send Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history, where it belongs.”
Pence vowed to uphold the Hyde Amendment, and added:
“The days of public funding for Planned Parenthood are over when the Trump-Pence administration arrives in Washington, DC,” he said.
It would be nice if we could talk about the millions of low-income women who will be denied access to life-saving health care instead of endlessly babbling about campaign gaffes and frivolous horse-race nonsense. Texas women, especially, have been through enough. Did you know this year’s Democratic platform includes a historic call to repeal the Hyde Amendment? Can we at least try to ground the conversation in the real-world impact on actual human beings?
Even if we learned that Hillary could totally shred on guitar, it seems the media would find a way to turn it into a scandal. A few months ago, Vox reported on a study showing that Clinton had received the most negative coverage and the least positive coverage of any candidate. Recently, the normally-staid Washington Post ran an incredulous editorial about the conspiracy-theory-level reporting on the emails. While I certainly don’t believe Clinton should be immune from criticism or examination of her record, the fact that she and Trump have been rendered more or less equivalent is an utter indictment of the way these elections are covered.