Sure there are few moderate or centrist Republicans out there….
Some Republicans ARE worried that confronted back home by Repubican voters that support abortions or that are gay?
They could be losing those votes…..
Some Are getting the jitter, worried about their ‘sure thing Midterms’ possibly slipping….
Are Culture Wars heading off the hook for Republicans?
Uncompromising positions and loaded rhetoric on key social issues are escalating concerns within GOP circles that the party is moving too far out of sync with popular opinion, projecting new hostility to gay people and potentially alienating women voters in high-stakes races. The Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade and ending a nationwide right to abortion last month has spawned strict new bans and stirred fears that gay rights and access to contraception could be next — shifting the focus from other culture-war battles where Republicans felt they had a winning message.
“I feel we’re on this sort of seesaw where one party sort of gets the upper hand on social-cultural issues, then they overplay that hand,” said Christine Matthews, a moderate Virginia Republican and longtime strategist for GOP candidates. “Republicans have taken things too far.”
She warned of fueling Democratic arguments that Republicans “want to take our country back to the 1950s” and said she swore out loud after reading one antiabortion advocate’s comments that a 10-year-old rape victim, under model legislation, would have to give birth.
But other Republicans call Democrats extreme for opposing restrictions on abortion later in pregnancy, as a fetus nears viability. They also say their opponents are stoking unfounded fears that the Supreme Court’s ruling could pave the way for rollbacks of other rights — a bid to distract from the economic concerns likely to dominate the election….
A federal bill to prevent states from banning travel for abortion also met Republican opposition in the Senate this month, underscoring a contrast with public opinion. About 8 in 10 Americans — including 64 percent of Republicans and 85 percent of independents — say states that ban abortion should not be allowed to outlaw travel for the procedure, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll conducted a month after the Supreme Court struck down Roe.
Even among GOP strategists who warn about alienating women, there is uncertainty whether the issue can break through as Republicans blame Democratic leaders for inflation, crime and fears of a recession….