Dear Governor Rounds,
Oh! You almost had us fooled! Just when I thought that signing that bill outlawing all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest, meant that you hated women and were in line with a shadowy right-wing conspiracy to catapult us into a modern American version of The Handmaid’s Tale only with more TV and teen pop stars, it turns out you were secretly undermining the Republican party from within. You sly devil!
I was pretty worried, I have to admit, until my most excellent father turned me on to an argument by Yale professor and blogger Jack Balkin, who says that South Dakota is in the process of undoing the Republican party:
Republican presidential candidates announce their support for criminalizing abortions in the primaries in order to win the votes of the pro-life faithful, their Democratic opponents will be more than happy to remind the public of that position when the general election comes round. That, I predict, will help split the Republican coalition that has governed the country for years.
We had you wrong all along, didn’t we? OMG! What a relief! Carry on.
P.S. Happy International Women’s Day. Glad to have you on the team.