Abortion IS a Democratic strong point….
Being a Repoublican and talking about it is NOT gonna get you to be President…….
AS A PRO-CHOICE BACKLASH against the Dobbs decision sweeps across the country—defeating pro-life ballot measures, passing pro-choice referenda, and taking down Republican candidates—the GOP is scrambling for safe ground. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is telling candidates to oppose a federal abortion ban. The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee is advising them to settle for “reasonable limitations.”
In the Republican presidential race, the two men who stoutly advocated a federal ban on abortions—Mike Pence and Tim Scott—are gone. The candidates who remain on the debate stage or who don’t need it—Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Donald Trump—are hedging or downplaying the issue. They still call themselves pro-life. But they’re finding ways to pretend that they’re not a threat to abortion rights.
The Trump shtick: I’ll negotiate something, and you’ll love it.
Trump’s favorite word, when talking about abortion, is “negotiate.” He describes the issue as though it were a business deal, with each side bargaining over how many weeks of gestation should be allowed before the procedure is outlawed.
Two months ago on Meet the Press, Trump called Florida’s ban on abortion at six weeks, which was signed by DeSantis last year, “a terrible thing.” We shouldn’t make too much of that comment; it probably just reflected what Trump cares about most on this issue: not babies or women, but bashing DeSantis. Beyond that, Trump has refused to be nailed down. “I would sit down with both sides and I’d negotiate something,” he told NBC’s Kristen Welker. “We will agree to a number of weeks, which will be where both sides will be happy.”…..
WHICH OF THESES CANDIDATES, beneath their respective façades, is most likely to ban abortions? Here’s my best guess. DeSantis signed the strictest ban as governor, and he’s doing the least to conceal that he’d do more as president. Haley, despite her pro-choice mimicry, would sign any abortion restriction that reaches her desk. Christie is the candidate least likely to sign a ban, since he has set the highest threshold for acting without a consensus of the states. I’m excluding Ramaswamy, who can’t be trusted.
As for Trump: He doesn’t care about this issue at all. He views pro-lifers as an interest group, like the dairy industry. He thinks that by ending Roe v. Wade and giving them the “power to negotiate,” he has sufficiently bought them off. And so far, he seems to be right.