Skip to comments.Abortion Politics Didnít Doom the G.O.P.
Posted on 12/07/2008 3:37:53 PM PST by neverdem
AN iron law of recent American politics dictates that any Republican setback at the polls will be quickly pinned on the pro-life movement. You might think that the Republican Partys 2008 debacle would be an exception to this rule. John McCain probably mentioned earmarks about a thousand times more often than he let the word abortion slip his lips. The Republican tickets weak attempts to play the culture-war card a Bill Ayers here, a Joe the Plumber there had nothing whatsoever to do with Roe v. Wade. And why should abortion opponents, of all conservative factions, take the blame for the financial meltdown, or the bungled occupation of Iraq, or the handling of Hurricane Katrina?
But never mind. Pro-choice Republicans, in particular, know exactly whom to blame for their partys showing. As Christie Whitman, the former New Jersey governor and Bush administration E.P.A. chief, explained after the election, it lost because the party was taken hostage by social fundamentalists, the people who base their votes on such social issues as abortion.
The conservative columnist Kathleen Parker made the same point more vividly: The evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the G.O.P. is what ails the erstwhile conservative party. The neoconservative writer Max Boot was diffident about the matter (I dont think Republicans need to panic, he wrote, but one area where I do see some room for adjustment is on the issue of abortion) and the right-wing humorist P. J. ORourke was blunt (pro-lifers should give the issue a rest). The message is clear: If the Republican Party would only jettison its position on abortion, it would be back on its feet in no time.
For pro-lifers, these refrains are as frustrating as they are familiar. But more frustrating than the blame game is the equally familiar advice that...
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what doomed the GOP was the Lehman’s initiated crash followed by the bailout.
John McCain ran away from the Abortion Question and hardly ever mentioned that he was Pro Life while Obama was Pro Abortion.
MCain should have ran commercials specifying that he was Pro Life and outlining what steps he would take to overturn Roe.
yup that’s the bottom line. We need social conservatives who understand the economy.
Are you getting the printer friendly page or not? That’s my question.
The arguments in the OpEd will be made until the cows come home. With the media so in the tank for the rats, I don’t see how Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln could have won.
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Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment
The GOP is losing today because it's the stupid party. The press has little to do with it.
I guess no one will answer my question.
It defaulted to http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/opinion/07douthat.html
That’s what I was afraid of. Thank you.
Say, is this from the NY Times, America’s paper of irrelevance!!???
Pro-life is the BIGGEST net gain issue for the GOP. The GOP would commit suicide if it went pro-baby killer.
Ross Douthat seems to be head-and-shoulders above every other conservative pundit out there now. Maybe he would like to head up the revitalized conservative movement he proposes.
“Abortion Politics Didnt Doom the G.O.P.”
Weak-assed RINO politics did.
“We need social conservatives who understand the economy.”
And fiscal conservatives that understand that socons WILL NOT compromise their beliefs for any political party to gain power.
Nonsense . Saddleback made it quite apparent as well as Dobson and other prominent evangelicals endorsing McCain .
Everyone knew McCain was pro-life , but there was no need for him to incessantly proclaim it .
You are wrong on this one!
The NYT would love nothing more than for GOP faithful to commit suicide by casting adrift the social conservatives in the party and go back to being a non-national party like we were in the first half of the century when we never challenged for control of either House of Congress.
The NYT liked it alot better when they never had to listen to our opinions and only had to put up with the occasional renegade President like Reagan in between dupes like Nixon and Ford.
It redirects to the regular page. The NYTimes is on to our tricks.
Apparently not. McCain did not run commercials stating that he was Pro-Life and pointing out that Obama is Pro-Death.
I thought that the Evangelicals were the current favorite for who was at fault. Now it’s the pro-life movement?!?
Next, we’ll find that gore-bull warming is to blame!
Not to mix football with the subject of abortion....
....but I was so impressed with Tim Tibow's takedown of #1 Alabama, carrying his own team on his back, that I looked up his bio in wikipedia. It says his mother was advised to get an abortion when she was pregnant with him. Amazing.
Ross Douthat wrote a book called “Grand New Party” this summer. It talks about how Republicans need to prove to the world that they must be pro-problem solvers and pro-competent. Douthat seems to be quite moderate in his views, but is for building consensus with Socons.
>> what doomed the GOP was the Lehmans initiated crash followed by the bailout
We were doomed at the point the primaries began. Too bad Sarah was part of that process.
If the 21st Century Republican Congress is a measure of the GOP field, the problem continues. I think it’s going to take more than donations to fix the GOP — grassroots activism may be the only option — and the door-to-door activism needs to begin right away.
The Fundamentalists are the ones who got Bush elected. I guess they still have he liberals nervous because they realize they didn’t support McCain and that is why he lost.
I would like to see Catholics fired up like the Evangelists and then we would defeinitly take this country back. We need a real person like Palin or Jindall to motivate people.
God Bless President Bush. He is certainly a martyr.I regret not being more vocally supportive of him.
Exactly. McCain ran the most anemic campaign I have ever seen. Perhaps he did not want to be leader of a country on the verge of economic collapse. Non-campaign.
You're right. The NYT has made it crystal clear that they are no friend of conservatives. I have trouble believing all of the people on FR who pay attention to their drivel. You can bet that they're not going to make any recommendations to us which would improve our lot.....if anything; we should consider what they say and do the opposite.
they told this story last year when he won the Heisman. His mother was sick, they recommended abortion, she refuse, and we got a wonderful, caring young man named Tim. Pro=aborts hate this story.
It seems there is no place for us in either party.
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