Posing pols ignores the struggles of American families

Leadership is not an Instagram story.

But that’s the impression one would get from the Congressional photo op/protest outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Seventeen members of Congress were arrested by Capitol Police while protesting the recent High Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Among them are Massachusetts’ own U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley and Deputy Speaker of the House Katherine Clark.

There’s a lot of outrage — and protests — about the Supreme Court’s decision across the county. It’s doubtful at this point that anyone with an opinion on the matter hasn’t aired it.

What must be particularly vexing to Democrats, however, is that the topic of abortion ranks quite low on the list of things voters care about the most.

According to a recent Monmouth University survey, it’s inflation (33%), gas prices (15%), the economy (9%), everyday bills, groceries, etc. . (6%), abortion and reproductive rights (5%), with guns, health care costs and job security at 3% each.

Like it or not, the meat and potato topics Democrats would like to address – why prices are skyrocketing, how are we supposed to pay our bills? – are at the heart of the concerns of most Americans.

So, one has to ask – what was the purpose of the Supreme Court protest?

There were some prime PR moments: “Today, Congresswoman Pressley joined her colleagues and grassroots advocates for nonviolent civil disobedience to protest the Supreme Court’s cruel and callous decision to quash Roe v. Wade and remove abortion rights for everyone who calls America. home, Pressley spokesman Ricardo Sanchez said in a statement his office quickly sent.

U.S. Representative Jackie Speier, D-California, tweeted that she was ‘proud’ to march with her fellow Democrats ‘and be arrested for women’s rights, abortion rights, people’s right to control their own bodies and the future of our democracy”. !” Hill reported.

According to the Herald, police said members and other protesters were blocking the street, and after three warnings to cut it off, Capitol police arrested 35 people.

The department told the Herald: ‘No one was handcuffed as is standard for arrest without detention.’

How do you explain then that US Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota clasped their hands behind their backs as the police dragged them away – as if they were handcuffed?

In the old days, the policy was to make sound bites. Now it’s pictures or it didn’t happen.

The problem with posing for effect is that you have to maintain the facade. AOC slipped when she raised her right fist towards the crowd before putting it back behind her back, according to a reporter’s video that Omar’s office referenced in a press release. In this video – featured in a tweet that Congress staff told the reporter that the women had been handcuffed – Omar’s hands sometimes appear to be together and other times separated.

“That’s what we call good trouble,” Clark’s office tweeted in reference to the famous quote from civil rights icon and late U.S. Representative John Lewis.

No, it’s called empty gestures to whip the base. Midterms can’t come soon enough.

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