A couple weeks ago a Republican congressman described to me what he anticipated the final scenario would look like in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget battle.

He said GOP House leaders would use Planned Parenthood defunding as a bargaining chip to get their way on other budget items. He said there was no chance a Democrat Senate and Democrat president, particularly Obama, would allow PP to be defunded, but Republicans would eek as much from the threat of that budget line item as they could. (I must add there are Republicans, like Mike Pence, who I think were not of this view, who were willing to take the PP defunding all the way to the mat.)

As it turns out, Republicans held on to defunding PP until the literal 11th hour. And they did get other pro-life wins in the process, which likely would not have happened had they not.

I also noticed a couple weeks ago the National Right to Life Committee was not scoring the short-term Continuing Resolutions, as other social and fiscal conservative groups were. It occurred to me NRLC had inside information, or perhaps read the tea leaves, and didn’t want to unnecessarily burn bridges with allies re: an inevitable poor outcome on the PP issue.

I’m relaying these thoughts not as a complaint or accusation, just as observations.

One positive of all this is that Republican leaders have for weeks now helped heighten awareness about this dastardly organization that is willing to cover up child rape, child prostitution, and sex trafficking and is racist to boot, with eugenic roots and a demonstrated willingness to accept donations specifically to abort black babies.

Another positive is that Republicans did indeed make PP their #1 bargaining chip, which is good. They could have made EPA or NPR defunding their apparent #1 priority but chose PP, which I’m happy about.

The negative is wondering what would have happened had Republicans held on, taking PP defunding all the way to a government shutdown. Mike Huckabee said on Fox this morning it would not have gone well. The liberal press would have – and already were – stacked the deck against our side.

So was it best to stop and reload, preparing better arguments and doing more groundwork for the fight to defund PP in the 2012 budget? More groundwork would also include working to elect more pro-lifers to the Senate in 2012, and, of course, ousting Obama.

Or was it throwing babies under the bus to politically compromise on PP defunding? Was it evil? Were pro-lifers suckered – again?

As the dust settles, what are your thoughts on the outcome of the short-term budget battle?

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