Skip to comments.New Democratic midterm strategy: Attack the GOP over “personhood” bills
Posted on 04/15/2014 5:04:12 PM PDT by Kaslin
Some righties are laughing about this on Twitter (Democrats against … personhood?), and granted, it’s a transparently desperate shiny-object attempt to change the subject from O-Care and the economy. But strategically it’s not half-bad, a decent play from a weak hand. They already owe not one but two of their swing-state Senate seats, in Missouri and Indiana, to Republican gaffes involving conception and rape. Go figure that they’d turn to conception again to try to minimize what looks like heavy losses in the Senate.
The issue isnt being discussed at all by Washington prognosticators these days. But you can bet that some of the most hard fought Senate races this fall will feature big fights over Personhood measures, which have declared that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization.
A number of GOP Senate candidates are on record supporting Personhood in some form. Once primary season is over, and the Senate general elections get underway in earnest, you are likely to see Democrats attack Republicans over the issue broadening the battle for female voters beyond issues such as pay equity to include an emotionally fraught cultural argument that Dems have used to their advantage in the past.
This has already appeared in the Colorado Senate race, but it will likely become an issue in other races, too. In Colorado, the Republican candidate, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, renounced his previous support for Personhood after entering the contest, admitting it would restrict contraception, but Dems seized on the reversal to argue that Gardner only supports protecting womens health when politically necessary…
Jennifer Duffy, who analyzes Senate races for the non-partisan Cook Political Report, tells me Dems will likely use Personhood to appeal to persuadable GOP-leaning women even as they push a womens economic agenda designed to boost core turnout among female base voters.
Follow the link for more examples of Republicans who are up in November supporting “personhood” bills. The new strategy is, of course, all about women: Kristen Soltis Anderson notes today at the Daily Beast that one big difference for the GOP between 2010 and 2014 is that women voters seem to be sticking with Democrats this time. Four years ago, a Quinnipiac poll in March found almost no gender gap on the generic ballot; two weeks ago, they found men splitting 42/35 for Republicans and women splitting 44/34 for Democrats. At the very least, a “personhood” campaign might help preserve some of that advantage with women as we get closer to November. If they’re really lucky, some Republican candidate will pull an Akin and say something stupid that the party can demagogue in races across the country. The strategic virtue of a “personhood” campaign is that it implicates contraception, not just abortion, so it lends itself easily to a “Republicans are coming for The Pill” scare tactic. That’s worth a few votes.
None of this will stop the GOP from picking up seats but it might stop them from picking up enough to gain control of the Senate. And even if Republicans gain control, Democrats holding one or two extra seats that they otherwise would have lost if not for the “war on women” shtick will be hugely useful to them in 2016. Remember, the landscape that year is as favorable to Dems as the current one is to Republicans. Unless they get creamed six months from now and lose so many seats that the hole becomes too big for them to climb out of in one cycle, they’ll be heavy favorites to win a Senate majority two years from now. For the left, this year is all about minimizing losses and salvaging the seats they can. In which case, in the interest of triage, why not go after personhood bills? What else are they going to talk about? This?
It sounds stupid, but it might work, just look at ‘The War on Women.’
The nation would be more happy and secure if we could abort Democrats.
A Personhood amendment failed in Mississippi of all places. Birth control is not going away, and there is zero bid to make seeking an abortion a crime. Even post Roe I’d be surprised to see abortion ever be more than a plane ticket to New York or Los Angeles away. Hard to close Pandora’s box.
I'd use a different adjective.
Republicans could stick very tightly to the scientific facts, which would affirm personhood without touching the subject of contraception.
I get really fed up whenever a pro-life candidate steps up, the liberals start screeching that he just wants to take contraceptives away, and he loses in a landslide because even pro-lifers won't vote for a pro-life candidate whom they think wants to make contraceptives illegal.
The neural tube starts to form at around 3 weeks, along with all the other organs. The heart begins to beat at about 24 days (in the third week). By five weeks, all organs are present, and the brain has taken on its role as master controller of the body. There is every reason to think that the baby is able to feel at that time. This all takes place after the time when contraceptives would have their effect.
Indeed it would
If it’s not a person, then what is it - a frog?
Dems need to be mocked unmercifully for this!! But alas the GOP leadership will fold like a cheap lawnchair
Not a sound tactic if you ask me. Even the women that abort know their babies are people.
“The nation would be more happy and secure if we could abort Democrats.”
Sadly, they’re already doing that to themselves. Kids generally take on the political views of their parents. The culture of death is living it’s ethic and lo and behold, they’re aborting their kids.
“But alas the GOP leadership will fold like a cheap lawnchair”
You couldn’t fashion a more ineffectual opposition if you set out to do so. Truth is, the gop isn’t an opposition party. It’s just a faction of the same big-government uniparty.
And that’s the problem, it’s not that memes like The War on Women are invincible silver bullets that can’t be stopped, I actually think they’re very weak arguments, it’s that there’s currently a GOP that refuses to fight and shift the focus to issues that matter such as the economy. The GOP must like losing because I see very few of them putting up a fight anymore agaisnt weak leftist attacks and memes.
I wonder what the big dem contributors such as Bill Gates think of this. Strip Microsoft of its personhood. Go ahead, dems.