The Republican wins on November 2nd showed a unified group using economics and the health care bill to drive voters to the polls for their candidates. But now that the glow is wearing off and these winning politicians have to actually start governing, are the action groups beginning to splinter?
It’s no surprise that a group that would already be looking at how to get reelected would want to forgo the controversial and focus on the economic message that they believe would be more successful when 2012 rolls around. The Christian Science Monitor reports:
The letter, signed by 16 tea party groups and a conservative gay organization, points to an emerging rift between the tea party movement and the GOP, which still counts social conservatives seeking “moral government” as a key constituency.
The signatories, ranging from conservative commentator Tammy Bruce to local tea party group leaders, say the key lesson the GOP should draw from the election is that Americans are concerned chiefly about taxes and the size of government, not their neighbors’ lifestyle choices or personal decisions.
But the push to quit the culture wars is already meeting resistance from mainstream Republicans, who worry about a rebellion from social conservatives if the party refrains from taking stands on moral issues.
“If the Tea Party wants to remain true to its limited government principles, then it strikes me that the default position would be less government and more personal freedom, whether the issue being dealt with involves economics or so-called ‘social issues,’ ” writes Doug Mataconis on the Outside the Beltway blog. “At some point this unnatural split in the GOP’s view on freedom will have to be reconciled.”
The letter, sent to presumptive House Speaker John Boehner and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, tackles the rift between small-government conservatives and those who might see the Republicans’ Election Day victory as a mandate to legislate morality on issues such as gay marriage and abortion.
But the anti-choice activists, who feel responsible for the “Republican wave,” aren’t ready to just sit down and shut up.
The post-election polling also found 27 percent of voters said abortion funding in the health care law affected their vote and they voted for candidates who opposed the health care law while just 4 percent said abortion funding in the health care law affected their vote and they voted for candidates who favored the law.
“This advantage is not new,” says Karen Cross, the political director for the National Right to Life Committee. “In 1980, National Right to Life Political Action Committee was organized, and in the 30 years that followed, in election after election, among those voters who base their vote on abortion, National Right to Life has consistently seen a definite advantage for pro-life candidates over pro-abortion candidates.”
NRLC executive director David O’Steen agreed, saying “Post-election polling has shown that pro-life issues played a major role in what happened at the polls and provided a margin sufficient to guarantee victory in many close races.”
The Polling Company survey also found a majority continues to favor allowing abortion only in very rare circumstances.
Some 53 percent took a pro-life position against all abortions or allowing abortion at most in cases to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest — that compared with just 41% who would allow abortion regardless of the reason. And 25% of those who gave a pro-abortion response would allow abortion only in the first three months while the current policy under Roe vs. Wade allows abortion essentially throughout pregnancy for any reason.
Meanwhile, pro-life attorney Tom Glessner says those Tea Party activists who are focused on fiscal issues alone should consider the economic cost of abortion and the impact the destruction of more than 52 million lives has had on the economy.
If the Tea Party manages to cut the social issues from their action plan, will the anti-abortion supporters still be there for them in 2012?
Mini Roundup: Local residents complain about “Daddy I Do” not being shown locally, claiming censorship. The two board members who voted against showing the film said it had no “local relevance.” However, despite two objections on the 11-person board, the film will now be shown, with apologies from the board.
“Even with the best of intentions, volunteers who serve on non-profit boards do not always have clear separation between their personal views and their role as directors,” the statement said. “The board will be reviewing its governance structure and entering into a non-profit training program on roles and responsibilities.”
November 16, 2010
- Future Of Reproductive-Rights Policy Still Depends On Obama, Opinion Piece States – Medical News Today (press release)
- FDA Panel To Weigh Approval Of HPV Vaccination To Prevent Anal Cancer In Men – Medical News Today (press release)
- What pro-lifers can learn from the Princeton abortion conference. – William … – Slate Magazine
- Effort aims to cut teen dropouts, pregnancy – Battle Creek Enquirer
- Health Roundup: Medicare under a microscope – The Hill (blog)
- Realistic baby helps combat teen pregnancy – Meadville Tribune
- The Philippine Reproductive Health Bill (HB 5043) and abortion – Samar News.com
- Over 100 dead foetuses found in temple – Sydney Morning Herald
- Cardinal George laments dissent from bishops on abortion and health care – Catholic Culture
- Striking down Prop. 8 would have ‘Roe v. Wade’ impact, Archbishop Kurtz says – Catholic News Agency
- Syria Cherishes Progress Made Towards Maternal and Child Health – TopNews New Zealand
- Reducing Unsafe Abortion Key To Saving Lives In Africa, Guttmacher’s Camp Writes – Medical News Today (press release)
- Tuesday’s Readers’ Forum – Marin Independent-Journal
- Editorial: Lark should reconsider and screen teen-sex film – Marin Independent-Journal
- More kids than teens report having sex with adults their first time, study says – Vancouver Sun
- Younger women regret one-night stands more than their older counterparts – Oneindia
- SSFC decides Sex Out Loud, Working Class Student Union, Badger Catholic budgets – Daily Cardinal
- Dad’s names in Spain are on the wane – MercatorNet
- Labor pain: Soak it away – MayoClinic.com
- Doctor Finders Announces Risk Factors That May Increase Odds for Cervical Cancer – Benzinga
- Viewpoints: Campaign begins against early childbirth – Sacramento Bee
- Victoria Ayotte Brown, 11/16:: Abortion clinic plans spark discussion – Lincoln Journal Star
- ‘Teen Mom’ has good lessons at end of day – OSU – The Lantern
November 15, 2010
- Planned Parenthood clinic closure was resource reallocation, agency says – Kansas City Star
- Catholic bishops adjusting guidelines for funding programs in campaign against … – Chicago Tribune
- Appeals court sets hearing on Proposition 8 – Los Angeles Times
- The Republicans’ Plan to Re-Reform Health Care – Clarifying Health (blog)
- Cole: Can Texas afford to drop out of Medicaid? – Fort Worth Star Telegram
- Lark Theater board apologizes to teen sex documentary filmmaker – Marin Independent-Journal
- Pornography: Does it lead to crime? Part 2 – Oye! Times
- Sex Education May Change in Arkansas – OzarksFirst.com
- In the final part of our exclusive survey, what women really think about … – Daily Mail
- Sex education for your kids; is it good for them? – ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)
- Maine Most Improved State on Health Quality – MPBN News
- HIV Patients ‘Lab Rats’ Amid Drug Shortage – The Moscow Times
- Abortion Demand Drops in Wash. – Christian Post
- Vancouver council to vote on support for Canadian transgender rights bill C-389 – Straight.com
- No Such Thing as “Oops!”Pregnancies – Babble (blog)
- Mobile STD Testing Consortium Wins $6.4 Million Grant in UK – eWeek
- Pro-Life Groups Respond to Tea Party Activists Calling for Abortion Backdown – LifeNews.com
- Let’s talk about sex: The importance of sex education – ASU Herald
- Sex survey shows growing diversity, but cliches about men and women still apply – Washington Post
- What Should Climate Hawks Do Next? Fight for Free Birth Control – Mother Jones
- Lab detectives use science to nab HIV criminals: study – AFP
- State: Regence wrongly denied birth control to hundreds of women – Seattle Post Intelligencer
- Student stuns abortion conference – New Vision
- Monday Readers’ Forum – Marin Independent-Journal
- Nebraska late-term abortion doctor plans expansion into Iowa – Iowa Independent
- Iowa and Maryland pro-life groups determined to keep out late-term abortionist – Lifesite
- Think You Got Gonorhhea? There’s An App For That. – SF Weekly (blog)
- Quirky condoms cost taxpayers $50000 – Herald Sun
- Scarlett Johansson Spoofs “16 and Pregnant” in SNL “Maternity Television” MTV Skit – Babble (blog)
- Catholic lay group raps bishops for support of progressive causes – EnerPub
- Becoming a Woman – The Ins and Outs of Changing Sex – Pattaya Daily News
- Mormon church was unfairly targeted over Prop. 8, BYU professor says – Mormon Times
- British Professor Advocates Less Pathology Testing for Cervical Cancer – DARKDaily.com – Laboratory News
- Terri Schiavo Network Wins Life Prizes Award – North Country Gazette
- Portland woman lives decades with HIV, may hold cure – kgw.com
- Lessons From the 2010 Elections – Free Speech TV (blog)
- With Essex missing on women’s health and small business bills, Sweeney votes … – PolitickerNJ
- Sarah Palin is a Feminist, and I Am a Neanderthal. – Caffeinated Thoughts
- Democrat Will Challenge Pro-Abortion Nancy Pelosi for Leader – LifeNews.com
- The Corner – National Review Online
- Head of Catholic bishops’ conference defends opposition to health care … – The Canadian Press
- UCSC Professor Tackles Feminicide South of the Border – SantaCruz.com
- Informed birth control choices do not increase cancer risk – Flyer News
- HPV Vaccination of Young Women May Protect Men Through Herd Immunity – Medscape
- Planned Parenthood is worried…and should be – OneNewsNow
- Today’s Democratic Party: Anti-God, Anti-Family – The New American
- GlaxoSmithKline Honors Maternal and Child Health Consortium with 14th Annual … – PRLog.Org (press release)
- How Republican control could be entrenched for years – New Statesman (blog)
- Will the real Catholic bishops please stand up? – Huffington Post (blog)