By targeting Mitt Romney’s weak stance on abortion, Michelle Bachmann is setting up a short term victory, but a long term loss for Republicans in 2012. Specifically, her call for him to sign the Susan B. Anthony Pledge:
- Only nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;
- Select pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Department of Justice;
- Advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;
- Advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.
Personally, I am pro-choice but support legislation banning mid & late term abortion as well as partial birth abortions. If I had my way, a woman would make up her mind in the first two weeks of conception. And only once. But that has nothing to do with my objection. I will vote for whatever Republican candidate that goes against Obama in 2012- regardless of their abortion stance. For me, it is more important right now to get this guy out of the White House than protecting my daughters’ right to an abortion. If she doesn’t have a country to live in, then abortion is a non-issue.
I oppose Michelle Bachman’s use of abortion against Romney for one reason only: it will make it harder to win in 2012. Independent voters, like myself, want smaller government- period. Less power, less legislation, less intrusion. The government debt, joblessness, economic policies, and job killing regulations are literally killing our dollar and economy. We need to ban together to reverse this destructive force RIGHT NOW. If we lose in 2012, all will be lost. We will not recover. The percentage of Americans who prioritize these things as the three top concerns for 2012 is overwhelming, according to the most recent Gallup Poll. Losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in home equity, watching retirements dwindle to nothing, seeing your savings for your kids’ college disappear is something that crosses racial, financial, religious, and class boundaries. It is the one thing we can agree on. It is the ONLY way to win in 2012. Bringing abortion into the mix ruins both the overall messaging for the Republican candidate-to-be, but destroys a powerful cohesion in likely voters.
I ask: is it worth it? By not bringing abortion into the debate, you lose nothing. Most social conservatives are also financial conservatives. They will vote for you on those grounds alone. You don’t need them to agree on abortion. Independent voters are likely to be financially conservative right now, but you couldn’t count on them to be anti-abortion. You actually risk losing single issue voters & perhaps many women voters. The über-liberals will never be with you. Abortion simply won’t matter to them either.
The Republican candidates need to put the GOP ahead of their private ambitions. If they care about this country.