“Of all the Democratic candidates who flipped House seats and gubernatorial offices last week, not a single one ran on a
pro-life [anti-choice] platform…” – Fixed it for them.
Really, it’s not about abortion. It’s about controlling others.
That little dustup about the anti-choice boilerplate language inserted into and then removed from the Missouri Democratic Party platform this past Summer? As if that made any difference in the 2018 election here in Missouri?
The impact nationally of the anti-choice movement on the Democratic Party wave in Tuesday’s election was exactly…
The Pro-Life Democratic Politician Is Going Extinct
By Sarah Jones
…Of all the Democratic candidates who flipped House seats and gubernatorial offices last week, not a single one ran on a pro-life platform.
As Shellnutt notes in her piece, it’s true that one in five people who support the repeal of Roe v. Wade identify as Democrats. But that’s a small fraction of an already-small demographic, and it doesn’t necessarily follow that the sort of pro-life voter who favors Democrats prioritizes abortion above, say, health care or the economy. There’s still widespread support for Roe. A July Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 71 percent of Americans want to keep Roe; in fact, most Republicans say they oppose repeal. There just doesn’t appear to be a constituency for pro-life Democrats, an observation borne out by electoral results in addition to issue-specific polls. America’s abortion debate isn’t over, and the pro-life Democrat isn’t extinct. Intraparty debates over the exact place pro-life Democrats should or should not occupy will likely continue, but the evidence increasingly favors one conclusion: The party doesn’t need pro-life candidates to win. Democrats achieved a blue wave mostly without them. There’s no reason to think this will change in 2020, or afterward, as the party plots its post-Trump future.
…next to nothing, if at all.
The elephant in the room (July 3, 2018)
Against abortion? Don’t have one. (July 6, 2018)
Getting played (July 8, 2018)
And they fixed it (August 11, 2018)