And the district ties together more rural counties that are solidly red with two, Ulster and Columbia, which are relative to some of the larger cities in the area (“big” of course, in this mostly rural area, where cities are also very large). are small). But many cities in the region, however small, have become very popular among New York City immigrants, perhaps most notably Kingston and Woodstock in Ulster County and Hudson in Columbia County.
Walk down Warren Street in the Hudson, and you’re in Brooklyn North with more or less natural wine bars, single-origin coffee houses, and art galleries adorned with rainbow flags. Drive across the river to the more rural areas of Greene County and you could be in a position of red, complete with Trump and “Let’s Go Brandon” signs, and some that contain Biden’s name—with a slang in front of it. .
Voters really sent a message – but it wasn’t about inflation.
And because this election took place in late August, it was really about voting: at a time when so many people are out of town, and certainly when most Americans aren’t used to voting, who’s paying attention? Was and was inspired to show up?
The answer seems to be those who cared that the election was on the ballot.
It is true that progressives are more pro-choice than conservatives. But 61% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in most cases, and say the right to terminate a pregnancy should lie between a woman and her doctor—not her legislator.
New Yorkers, including Hudson Valley residents, are quite concerned about abortion access – and so are many other Americans. Molinaro may say he would not have voted for a federal abortion ban, but plenty of other Republicans will.
A Republican majority in Congress could actually mean that lawmakers would vote to curtail abortion rights. They would certainly try to block any attempt to expand those rights at the federal level. In the upcoming midterm, the election is on the ballot, regardless of whether you’re voting in a liberal state or district.
People are not buying it in a big way. I hope that what the public is seeing is that laws criminalizing abortion do much more than just terminate unwanted pregnancies (although it is bad enough). The unfortunate truth is that many people believe they will never need abortion care, and don’t spend much time thinking about abortion.
And I suspect that, more than anything, this is why we are seeing voters taking such a strong stand. “Keep your laws off my body” and “Keep your government out of my uterus” are ideas that appeal to freedom-focused conservatives who pursue unnecessary government interference. They certainly appeal to liberals and moderates who are horrified by these attacks on abortion rights and dismayed at how many women and girls they have already hurt.