This Wall Street Journal editorial on the lessons to be drawn from the Kansas abortion referendum is balanced, reasonable, and mostly right. But my own thoughts on the issue take a different approach.
To illustrate, allow me to reproduce the penultimate paragraph of the Journal editorial, with just a few key alterations, which I highlight here in bold.
The Kansas result will inspire Democrats across the country to make the midterms a referendum on slavery. They may overreach with their own attempts to reinstate Dred Scott nationally. But Republicans will need a response on the issue that reassures voters like those in Kansas who have a more nuanced view of slavery than either side has been offering since Dred Scott took the issue out of the hands of voters in 1857.