Republicans frantically try to salvage Senate hopes

“I’m convinced that, based on numbers we have, Republicans have to make some kind of leap on the abortion issue,” one Republican strategist told Politico. “Because they’re getting killed among women.”

So the wives it is, trying to set a gauzy filter over their husbands’ extremist views. Because, as it turns out, pointing a camera at Blake Masters while he insists that Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly “votes for the most extreme abortion laws in the world” is not effective when a different video exists of Masters using the word “demonic” in reference to abortion and saying, “You make it illegal and you punish the doctors.”

For some mysterious reason, Masters is not the most credible messenger for the claim that he doesn’t want to make it illegal and punish the doctors, so his campaign is hoping that a woman will help. Masters “would make Arizona so proud,” according to his wife Catherine, in the wake of Masters’ campaign scrubbing his website of extreme anti-abortion language and working to distance him from his own views.

Ohio Republican Senate nominee J.D. Vance’s wife Usha cut a similar ad, saying Vance is “an incredible father, and he’s my best friend,” in an ad. As if being a good father to one’s own children helps pregnant people forced to give birth.

Both the Vance and Masters ads use obligatory footage of the couples’ children.

In Nevada, the ad starring Republican nominee Adam Laxalt’s wife focuses on Laxalt’s “difficult” childhood and being raised by a single mother. “Everything he had to overcome helped to make him a good man,” Jaime Laxalt says in the ad. Laxalt’s mother may not have had a college education, as his ad stresses, but she was a Republican operative and the daughter of a senator. Secrecy surrounding who his father was (then-Sen. Pete Domenici, who was married to someone else) might have made Laxalt’s childhood difficult in some ways, but they’re not the ways implied by “raised by a single mom with no college education.”

Republicans like to rail against Democrats as obsessed with identity politics, but let them trail among women voters, and suddenly Republicans are acting like trotting out candidates’ wives for soft-focus “best friend” talk is all women need to forget that the candidates call abortion “demonic” or compare it to slavery.


Republicans keep trying to run away from abortion. Democrats aren’t letting them

Trump-endorsed Blake Masters steadily working to distance himself from the persona he campaigned on

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