The draft opinion sending the issue of abortion rights back to the individual states to decide provided a glimmer of hope in an otherwise bleak landscape for Democrats. The political press echoed what center-left political observers had been anticipating for months: This sweeping draft opinion, if it resembles the court’s final decision, could “jolt,” “rewire” and “upend” the race for control of Congress.
About 24 hours later, another of the Democrats’ petitions to heaven appeared to have been answered by Ohio’s Republican primary voters. J.D. Vance, the most convincing mimic of Trumpian excesses in the crowded race for U.S. Senate in the Buckeye State, won his primary.
Can Democrats make the most of these gifts? Maybe. There’s opportunity to be mined by clever candidates, and there’s a new obstacle in the path of Republicans who can no longer rely on the favorable political environment alone to push them across the finish line.