The Dobbs leak has backfired on Democrats

After the initial outrage, criticism now seems to have devolved parabolically onto the Democrats. Progressive voters across the country, observing the party in control of both Congress and the White House, have laid at its feet the blame for Roe’s apparent fate. As an article in Teen Vogue put it, “Democrats woke up in power and only remembered how to blame the people that got them there, rather than take any responsibility.” At weekend protests, including several I observed in New York City, the rallying cry was “Democrats, we call your bluff!” The progressive rank and file, an increasing share of the party’s voter base, was angrier at its own side than the other…

Perhaps the best manifestation of this anger was on display in San Francisco, where protesters gathered outside Nancy Pelosi’s home to demonstrate against her — much in the same manner as at the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices. Apparently, her long career in Congress should have afforded ample time to cement Roe into law. “We are here because the Democratic Party and the Democrats as a whole have been complicit in this whole thing,” one announced into a microphone. “Speaker Pelosi, this will be your legacy. Why did you keep this on the table? Because this is your most effective fundraising tool,” it was added.