By Dave Andrusko
In a separate post today we pick up on the ongoing fallout (fascinating, by the way) to a pro-life op-ed that appeared in the New York Times. Particularly, by way of preview, on the insistence that a woman cannot be a feminist and pro-life.
But pro-abortion former presidential aspirant (and Vermont Gov.) Howard Dean, appearing on “Morning Joe” yesterday, double downed on essentially the same argument: the self-defeating “progressive” mantra that there is no room for pro-lifers in the Democratic Party.
Joe Scarborough, the co-host, kept alluding to the not-so-distant old days when Democrats practically ruled the South and Dean kept responding, in effect, that Scarborough was missing his point.
In fact, nobody was missing anyone’s point. To Scarborough’s point–why would Democrats exclude people who might agree with Democrats on a panoply of issues but are pro-life (in other words, don’t they need them to win?)–Dean responded
“No. Because the young generation isn’t that way. I think the old left/right is an anachronism. It exists in Washington. It exists in the media. Young people don’t think that way. They are not ideological. They are extremely interested in social justice, so we are never going back to maybe making compromises on abortion, and gay rights is another one.”
Dean added that the only problem Democrats have is in energizing their coalition, particularly younger voters.
Dean and his ilk simply refuse to acknowledge the obvious–that the American people are more than willing to make “compromises on abortion.” By that I mean, a strong majority of voters are in favor of a wide variety of pro-life positions, from parental involvement and waiting periods through opposition to taxpayer funded abortion to support for bans on abortions performed on pain-capable unborn children.
In addition, the “we’re winning the youngins” argument does not apply to abortion. Young people are more pro-life than ever.
And, this delusion that pro-abortion Hillary Clinton didn’t need pro-lifers and Middle America was the foundation of her tone-deaf campaign. Only someone who had talked herself into believing the coalition of young people, single women, and minor voters made her invincible would have deliberately and with malice aforethought talked about half of Donald Trump’s supporters belonging in “a basket of deplorables” who are (for good measure)“irredeemable.”
During the presidency of pro-abortion President Barack Obama, Democrats lost upwards of 1,000 state legislative seats. the number of U.S. Senate seats held by Democrats dropped from 55 to 48 and their share of House seats fell from 256 seats to 194. In addition there were 28 Democratic governors, now there are 16.
Dean’s solution? Do more of what got them into this desperate situation.