Pro-life takeaways from last night

I thought this Twitter post last night by Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards was pretty funny...

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As American Life League wrote in a press release entitled, "Planned Parenthood fail: Endorsement 'kiss of death' for Deeds, Scozzafava, Corzine":

What do Dede Scozzafava, Creigh Deeds and Gov. Jon Corzine have in common? All were endorsed by abortion mammoth Planned Parenthood. All 3 candidates were virulent supporters of abortion rights and opponents of human personhood....

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The humiliating loss by Scozzafava was a particularly hard blow for PP as she was clearly the "poster child" of PP political candidates. The long-time PP supporter, board member, and Sanger Award winner [pictured accepting the award, right] had such a poor showing she was forced to resign from the campaign the week before the election....

But, hey, there's always New York City - with its re-elected pro-abort mayor - where 100,000 abortions are committed annually, or about 10% of all US abortions. I counted at least 30 PPs in the NYC/NJ area....

Pro-life gubernatorial victories in VA and NJ were huge. A win in NY-23 would have made last night perfectly sweet. But, as Deal Hudson wrote this morning on Inside Catholic:

The story of Doug Hoffman... is not about his loss to the Democratic nominee... but the ousting of the uber-liberal Scozzafava a few days before the election. Hoffman would have won if Scozzafava had not spitefully endorsed Owens....

It's important, as well, that the GOP notes the kind of candidates who won in NJ and VA - pro-life, pro-family, and aligned with religious conservative groups, both Catholic and Evangelical.

The conservative revolt against the GOP establishment's NY-23 liberal pick was important, particularly because big Republican names defected, all choosing principle over party, like Dick Armey, Michelle Bachmann, Tom Cole (former chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee), Steve Forbes, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, and Fred Thompson.

The Hoffman challenge helped set the stage for this November 3 Politico headline and story...

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In what could be a nightmare scenario for Republican Party officials, conservative activists are gearing up to challenge leading GOP candidates in more than a dozen key House and Senate races in 2010....

Conservatives and tea party activists had already set their sights on some of the GOP's top Senate recruits - a list that includes Gov. Charlie Crist in FL, former Rep. Rob Simmons in CT and Rep. Mark Kirk in IL, among others.

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But their success in Tuesday's upstate NY special election, where grass-roots efforts pushed GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava to drop out of the race and helped Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman surge into the lead on the eve of Election Day, has generated more money and enthusiasm than organizers ever imagined.

Activists predict a wave that could roll from CA to KY to NH and that could leave even some GOP incumbents - UT Sen. Bob Bennett is one - facing unexpectedly fierce challenges from their right flank.

"I would say it's the tip of the spear," said Dick Armey, the former GOP House majority leader who now serves as chairman of FreedomWorks, an organization that has been closely aligned with the tea party movement. "We are the biggest source of energy in American politics today."

"What you're going to see," said Armey, "is moderates and conservatives across the country in primaries."

These high-stakes primaries, pitting the activist wing of the party against the establishment wing, stand to have a profound impact on the 2010 election landscape since they will create significant problems for moderate candidates recruited by the national party precisely because they appear well-suited to win in places that are not easily - or even plausibly - won by conservative candidates.

The tensions between the 2 visions threaten to limit the party's gains in an election year that is shaping up in its favor.

Party strategists worry that well-funded, well-organized challenges from the right could force Republicans to exhaust precious resources on messy primary fights - or force moderate candidates to adopt more strident positions early on that could haunt them during the final months of the campaign....

Activists contend that the only way back to majority status is to embrace the conservative principles that the party jettisoned during the past decades once it became too enamored of power. To them, the issue is less about ideological purity than about the compromises they see the party's Washington establishment making and what they contend is a lack of support for conservative candidates who are deemed unelectable by GOP salons....


Comments:


The only way back to majority status is with conservative principles?? I would have thought that Republican "moderation" would have put them in a comfortable majority status by now.

Posted by: Mary at November 4, 2009 10:39 AM


I get so tired of the media calling someone like Dede a "moderate" when she was not only pro abortion but pro stimulus, pro taxes, pro everything the Republican party generally is not.

Marco Rubio is giving Crist a serious run in Florida and I hope he (Rubio) wins.

Likewise in California, Chuck Devore is a pro life conservative who I hope and pray defeats Boxer next year.

From the looks of things and with big victories in Virginia and New Jersey yesterday I think there will be many more pro life conservatives willing to run now.

Although McDonnells' victory was expected, Christie's really wasnt'. However for the people of New Jersey I am very happy for them.

Posted by: Joanne at November 4, 2009 3:52 PM