After devoting 8 minutes and 51 seconds on Sunday to far-left Democrat Stacey Abrams, CBS This Morning on Tuesday contributed another 7 minutes and 16 seconds to the former candidate’s new novel. But the primary focus of the new interview gave away what Democrats and the liberal media really care about when they talk about the voting rights laws: Helping Democrats win.
Co-host Tony Dokoupil began by tossing a softball on efforts in Georgia and other states to create election security laws: “There are about 11 states right now in the country that have passed restrictions on voting that could have a big impact on 2022 and beyond. What concerns you the most about what you're seeing right now?”
He then got down to business, blurting out what this is all really about: Electing more Democrats. “So there is the issue of how it affects trust in our elections, the act of democracy itself. And yet the practical, political implication. What does this mean, do you think for 2022 for Democrats' chances?”
Dokoupil then mildly described the “interesting” voting rights bill before the Senate, one that would strip away election security provisions in many states:
The Senate will debate on an interesting bill. It’s called the For the People Act and it would create federal standards for voting access. Some minimums for providing access to the ballot box. Doesn't seem to have a chance. What do you think? Is there a path forward for this bill?
Sounding like a PR agent, Dokoupil gushed by reading part of a New York Times review of her new novel While Justice Sleeps: “Allow me to be the first person to read you great New York Times review that ends, 'Abrams has realized what surely was her chief ambition, to entertain.' That's good news.” Co-host Gayle King blurbed, “It is so complex and wild and boy what a ride!” (The NY Times reviewer, Richard North Patterson, by the way, a mostly Democratic donor. No shock he loved the book.)
On Sunday, CBS Sunday Morning urged a presidential run by Abrams and cheered her “getting even” with the GOP. In July of 2020, King pushed her for the other end of the presidential ticket: “You know it's widely reported you're on the short list for Joe Biden's VP. We talked about it last time you were here. Clearly you're very interested. Have you had recent conversations?”
A transcript of the questions is below. Click on “expand” to read more.
CBS This Morning
8:15:48 to 8:23:04
7 minutes and 16 seconds
TONY DOKOUPIL: Stacey Abrams is one of the country's best known voting rights advocates and she's also a prolific author. In her new thrill While Justice Sleeps, a Supreme Court clerk has to unravel a national conspiracy that goes to the highest levels of government. Stacey Abrams joins us now. Stacey, good morning to you.
STACEY ABRAMS: Good morning.
DOKOUPIL: Allow me to be the first person to read you great New York Times review here that ends, “Abrams has realized what surely was her chief ambition, to entertain.” That's good news. First, while we have you, there are some twists and turns in our world as we live it that I want you to comment on if you could. There are about 11 states right now in the country that have passed restrictions on voting that could have a big impact on 2022 and beyond. What concerns you the most about what you're seeing right now?
DOKOUPIL: So there is the issue of how it affects trust in our elections, the act of democracy itself. And yet the practical, political implication. What does this mean, do you think for 2022 for Democrats' chances?
DOKOUPIL: The Senate will debate on an interesting bill. It’s called the For the People Act and it would create federal standards for voting access. Some minimums for providing access to the ballot box. Doesn't seem to have a chance. What do you think? Is there a path forward for this bill?
ABRAMS: I think the more we watch these states undertake the continuation of what the insurrectionists began on January 6th the more likely we are to see real response at the federal level.
GAYLE KING: Stacey Abrams, you're known for writing your romance novels like Hidden Sins, Secrets and Lies, Deception, Never Tell, The Art of Desire. They are written under the name -- do you like that reading, Stacey -- but written under the same Celina Montgomery. But for the first time you’ve written a book, I’m holding up the book under your own name, While Justice Sleeps, and boy do you take us on a ride. It involves a corrupt president, who is ruthless, a justice of the Supreme Court who is in a coma, a law clerk, a bio tech company. It is so complex and wild and boy what a ride. Why did you decide to put your name on this one?
ABRAMS: The only reason why my name wasn't on Celina Montgomery's books I was writing tax articles and social policy treaties at the same time I began publishing fiction. It was much easier to keep them separate. It was less about hiding that I romance and more about romance readers not wanting to read romance by a tax wok.
KING: But Avery Keane as you point out or she says, I'm not just a law clerk. Tell us about her. – A law clerk.
KING: Yeah, mom's got drug issues. I thought it was interesting that your family was involved in this. Number one, I think it's cool that your family has its own book club. I think that's really nice. But your family was involved in writing this one -- not writing it, but they gave you input.
ANTHONY MASON: Stacey, we had Jake Tapper who found time to write a book. He said he did it because he set aside 15 minutes the least to write a book. How do you do it?
KING: Stacey, I love the Sunday morning piece you did the other day. I really liked the end, they were talking about dating and said you had a relationship and it didn't work out because of your schedule. You said something that resonated with me. You said, “It’s really nice to have somebody who likes you. I think that's so true.” Let me tell you, the struggle is real. It's hard out here for a pimp. What do you think about when it comes to dating? Stacey Abrams, you've got a lot of stuff going on?
DOKOUPIL: I have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer question. But we have to –
KING: Oh go ahead.
DOKOUPIL: As a non-fan, I’m going to read this one right off the page. You are a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. Actors have come forward alleging mistreatment from the creator Joss Whedon. Can you separate the art from the man?
ABRAMS: I think it’s important in all art forms to realize that the product sometimes is different, in fact often is different than the creator. And I talk about this in another piece that I responded to.
DOKOUPIL: We gotta go. We’ll pick it up on the internet.