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GOP, remember the maxim!

The left wants you to believe that one of the greatest triumphs of the Republican/Conservative movement is the worst thing that has ever happened to it. U.S.

The Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that legitimately returned the abortion issue to the states has been cited as the reason why the Democrats’ bleak midterm election prospects have suddenly improved. So, despite all the polls to the contrary, the message from the left is that abortion, not the recession, is the number one issue for voters who, again despite the polls, overwhelmingly support abortion to requested during the full nine months of a pregnancy.

Of course, the left knows better; but gullible pro-life Republican candidates who know no better will lose the respect and support of their voters by appearing squeamish or worse on the issue; loose seats that can be won; and help jeopardize the GOP’s early recapture of the US House and Senate, which is exactly the goal of the left’s “abortion is everything” message tactic. ”.

The left, no stranger to purges, has crafted what it hopes will be a win-win narrative, one that exacerbates internal divisions within its opponents’ party; and promotes its own radical agenda on abortion. Democrats, along with their media cohorts, argue that unrestricted abortion is the overwhelming position of Americans; and that any Republican candidate who disagrees will be ignominiously defeated. As the Democrats spread this misinformation, they are falsely projecting their abortion extremism onto Republican candidates. The tactic accuses the pro-life Republican candidate of being an extremist and/or of overtly or covertly supporting the party’s “dangerous” position on abortion. For Democrats, this falsely qualifies the Republican candidate; induces them to defend themselves and/or a position they do not occupy; prevents them from requiring the Democratic candidate to reveal his radical position in favor of abortion; promotes the lie that Americans support abortion on demand; and, most importantly, it promotes the election of a pro-abortion Democrat who will implement the radical abortion agenda of the left.

To see how the Democrats’ pro-abortion messaging succeeds, we must look no further than the special election in New York 19the United States House District. In a seat Biden won by a point or so, pro-abortion Democrat Pat Ryan defeated pro-something Republican Marc Molinaro by a margin of 51.1% to 48.8%. The media has claimed that this was a result of the abortion problem, often evading the fact that the area has seen an influx of liberal New York City residents in the last two years. (Perhaps they were fleeing the fallout from left-wing bail reform and defund policing policies?) In short, the pundit class cites everything under the sun to support their “abortion loves it” narrative. is everything” except the political maxim that stares them in the face: “lose your base, lose your race”.

Mr. Molinaro’s position on abortion was a hodgepodge of defensive positions, including opposition to a federal abortion ban and support for dobbs decision, which he said was moot since New York state had already acted to legalize abortion. This barely Churchillian defense of the pro-life position did not help a campaign already struggling with his message. A friend of mine very familiar with the NY-19 special election expressed his frustration with the campaign of the Republican candidate: “The messages from the Republican side were horrible. None of the messages were anything about Biden, blockades, etc.” While this might be a slight exaggeration about the content of the GOP candidate’s message, it was certainly spot on about its resonance, particularly among Republican/Populist/Conservative voters.

In NY-19, enough pro-life and Republican rank-and-file voters simply weren’t inspired to vote for Mr. Molinaro. That this was a special election in which Mr. Molinaro would run again in the fall and, interestingly, the victorious Democrat would run for a full term in an adjoining district, provided yet another reason for rank-and-file GOP voters. They will stay home to teach. Molinaro a lesson for the November elections.

Yes, the abortion issue played a role in the campaign. The mistake of the media is to assume that all pro-life Republican voters support a candidate regardless of their position on the issue; and assumes that all pro-choice Republican voters will vote for a pro-choice Democrat. The evidence does not support this view. Pro-choice Republican voters are well aware of the party’s position on the issue and have stayed with the party and voted for its candidates, whether they are pro-life or pro-choice. Pro-life Republican voters are much more likely to punish a candidate who does not support the party’s pro-life platform. Thus, it is true that the issue of abortion contributed to the loss of the Republican candidate in NY-19, because the Democrat’s abortionist position increased the participation of his party; and the Republican candidate’s pro-something stance depressed pro-life GOP/populist/conservative Party turnout for a candidate perceived as unreliable on core issues including, but not limited to, abortion.

A candidate from the Republican Party, Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, must affirm his position; demand that their democratic opponent explain to them complete position on the subject. After all, how can Democrats claim to defend what they can’t even define: women? If the Republican candidate’s position is entirely Pro-Choice, he will need to ensure that Republican voters, especially rank-and-file pro-lifers, see this as a principled exception to the party’s platform and not a harbinger of future sales to come. . Meanwhile, the Republican nominee must emphasize the larger issue of the economic misery caused by Mr. Biden and the inflationary policies of the lackey Democratic Congress.

Democrats know they have responsibilities on the abortion issue. That is why they refuse to give details of their completely and radically extreme position on abortion; that’s why they preemptively attack their Republican opponents; why they link the issue to contraception in the electoral proposals; that is why they deliberately prevaricate about ectopic pregnancies; and why they spend so much time propagating their narratives.

Still, too many panicked GOP candidates buy into the Democrats’ narrative, often with the help of the GOP’s swamp creatures, and never learn the proper lessons, even after defeat after defeat. Pain can be a great teacher, but masochists still learn all the wrong lessons. Remember the maxim! “Lose your base, lose your career.” It is imperative that Mr. Molinaro and many of his fellow Republican candidates for Congress do so, or he will lose this seat again; and the Republicans lose the House and the Senate again.

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