Self-proclaimed conservative author Andrew Sullivan told host Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time” Friday that President Biden is nowhere “near the center” on abortion or any other issue and that he is not a moderate president.
“We need someone who can find a center. It turns out, Biden doesn’t seem to be that person,” Sullivan commented. And there’s “nothing I can see, right now, even on abortion, where he is anywhere near the center of where public opinion is.”
“This case that forced this decision, Dobbs, was a case that said that abortion should be legal for 15 weeks. Do you know what the legal limit in Germany is? 12 weeks,” he noted, speaking on the Supreme Court’s decision Friday overruling Roe v. Wade. They found a middle ground because they decided to “haggle it out and come to a compromise with some restrictions and some freedoms.”
Sullivan went on to claim that the Roe v. Wade ruling was, in actuality, a good thing for the left.
(Video Credit: Real Time with Bill Maher)
It “is actually a great opportunity for liberals, for pro-choicers. The country is not in favor of banning all abortion. Only 13% want that. So, go out there, persuade people, and what this ruling does is call the religious right’s bluff. They’ve always been able to say, this is terrible, it must be banned, they’ve never had to face the consequences of such a ban, and now they will. Make the argument, build the coalitions, win the elections in the states, and get pro-choice policies back.”
“The right has gone off the deep end. The left has gone off the deep end. We need someone who can find a center. It turns out, Biden doesn’t seem to be that person,” he alleged.
The left taking its turn in trashing the core legitimacy of our Constitutional institutions. https://t.co/B6AmhQpLIg
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) June 24, 2022
“This is a person who’s just automatically abolished biological sex in Title IX regulations. This is a guy who wanted to spend even more money than we spent last year, where we now have inflation somewhere like 8 or 9%. There is not a single issue … a million illegal immigrants come in in the last year under Biden. This is not a moderate presidency. I wish it were. I voted for him. But he’s a captive of his left the way that some of these Republicans are captive of their right,” Sullivan honestly commented.
He went on to point out that Biden will not unite the country on issues such as abortion.
“There is nothing I can see, right now, even on abortion, where he is anywhere near the center of where public opinion is,” he opined.
Maher commented during the segment that “we’re basically living in like two different countries.”
Sullivan replied, actually making a case for states’ rights, “We’ve always lived in that country. … It’s federalism. If you think that Alabama is always going to have the same politics as Illinois or Oregon, you’re crazy. So, we normally devolve these decisions to the states. That’s the genius of the American system. There doesn’t have to be one consistent national opinion on everything. We’d go crazy.”
“Congress could do it today, if they wanted to, pass a law saying abortion is legal in every state. But they don’t have the votes. Because this country is divided,” he added.
It would seem there are a number of voices out there that agree with Sullivan and Maher on moderate political stances. A little too little, a little too late as Roe v. Wade is now history:
Extreme positions have led to this situation. I doubt most people fall in either one. Banning abortion is an unrealistic proposition, but the thought of abortion until birth is abhorrent. It would be a good start to look at other developed countries on how it’s handled.
— JustOh (@miacat47) June 25, 2022
He’s not wrong…
Democracy means having to win a majority over to your side … pic.twitter.com/Uvv2nAk3PM
— TheUltraShmoog (@thebigshmoog) June 25, 2022
All they have to do is compromise by making it legal thru 15-20 weeks, like most of Europe. But they won’t.
— Nick (@Nickster0188) June 25, 2022
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