November 09, 2018

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss what comes now after a historic midterm election for women and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent hospitalization.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is:  Megan Beyer, Wilson Center, Women in Public Service; Fmr. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump; Rina Shah, Republican Strategist.

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Blue or Pink, What’s the Wave?

What’s next after a historic midterm election for women?

  • Donna Edwards: “It does look like a blue wave that actually built its momentum from Tuesday until now and it has a pink tinge all the way around it. 2/3rds of the Democratic flips are women. This is a great day for women.”

  • Ann Stone:  “Healthcare, it’s very interesting. The fact that they did ride healthcare when previously they had lost on the issue of healthcare because they hadn’t delivered. It is going to be very interesting to see whether they deliver. If they don’t deliver the right thing if they deliver another program that gives you lower premiums and outrageous deductibles they are going to lose dramatically in the next election.”

  • Megan Beyer: “And you know it is a diversity wave. What’s so fun is that it’s the sisters that are making good on the founding fathers promise for this democracy - e pluribus unum - out of many, come one.”

  • Rina Shah: “It was a pink wave certainly. I subscribe to more women stronger democracy so I was delighted to see the pink wave I just wish it had more red in it.”

    • “You are my friend but you don’t live with what I have to live with when I am brown and I am getting people telling me to go back to my country. What country is that? West Virginia? I am just as American as any white person and I am just as Republican as anyone else”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “There were two data points that came out of this week that really stuck out to me. The first was that Democratic women received more money by women donors than democratic men received which is amazing.”  

  • Celinda Lake: The white college-educated women in gang-busters and they voted, almost 20 points, Democratic. They turned out in record numbers and they really won the House back, along with people of color.

  • Amy Rosenthal: “Republicans need to do a better job of recruiting women for higher office. With that said Republicans did do a good job flipping some seats and I don’t think enough cred is being given to where we saw women being elected.”

The Notorious RBG

A Supreme Court without Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

  • Donna Edwards: “You know I have been thinking about this. First of all, I think that RBG is going to be around for the next several years, and also I think missing an oral argument or missing a meeting doesn’t impact what she’s going to be able to continue to do on that court. I think that is a little bit overblown. I will say, to me the next danger is that everybody that comes off that Federalist Society list comes off of it for a reason, and the President has said that and I believe him. Whether he asks them or not I am pretty clear that he is looking to make sure that Roe v. Wade is overturned.”

  • Ann Stone: “If they do overturn Roe. If that is what happens, she goes, and they overturn, the party will pay a price. Just like they did back in 89-92. So, it’s up to them.”  

  • Megan Beyer: “It would be a terrible thing. There would be no balance left. But I don’t think we have to worry about that. Anyone who knows anything about the ‘Notorious RBG’ knows that she’s got a great will. She intends to stay on another five years like her predecessor, the justice who she replaced. And as I understand it, as of today, she is out of the hospital. So, let’s not envision something that we don’t have to envision.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Do you believe Kavanaugh will vote to uphold Roe and do you believe Justice Roberts will switch if necessary to keep the law of the land?”

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