First, let me say, the Dem goal should be: Add new D voters without losing our base voters. Guess we aren’t going to do that.
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) said there will be no litmus tests for candidates as Democrats seek to find a winning roster to regain the House majority in 2018.
“There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” said Luján, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman. “As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America.”
I completely understand running candidates that fit their district. I am fine with candidates being personally against abortion. Why this announcement needed to be made escapes me. Are we trying to divide the party? Because this will now become a big ol’ issue. And it didn’t need to be.
What is accomplished by drawing this line in the sand? Do we really think that this stance will win us voters? It won’t, mainly because “pro-life” voters are against far more than abortion. They are against contraception, sex ed in schools, Planned Parenthood (and women’s health), insurance covering birth control/pregnancy, stem cell research, IVF, etc.. They are for “Personhood” laws, vaginal ultrasounds, waiting periods, etc.. “Pro-life” has come to encompass all of these issues, and if Dems think they can win by paying lip service to this crowd they’re delusional.
The anti-abortion crowd demands legislation. Are we okay with Dems running on the promise of legislating these issues? Where I’m sitting, they’ll have to. If the plan is to win this group’s votes then I’m not seeing where saying, “I’m personally pro-life, but won’t vote to restrict abortion access, defund PP, etc.” gets you. So… I’m thinking this stance will probably need to come with legislative promises. And when we go down that path we’re on Conservative turf. Good luck winning on that field.
I have always been a pragmatist, an incrementalist, a person who wants to move the football down the field toward a touchdown – and, I’m telling you, this “new” Dem idea will backfire. Sheesh, we have “pro-life” Democrats, but I guess bemoaning about distractions and then creating one is the way we’re going to roll.
How exactly does this play out now that Dems have put this front and center? I’m guessing that this will create more talk about women’s health, not less – that it will cost us more votes. Can’t wait to see the upcoming debates. Idiots.