By Dave Andrusko
“POLITICO Playbook” is a sort of place where pro-abortion Democrats come to cry anonymously. Yesterday’s edition was a pip.
House Democrats know they are in for a world of hurt, unless a lot of things cutting against them suddenly turnaround. This particular gripe came from six Representatives from “battleground states” who told Rachael Bade that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “the Democratic organization whose purpose is to help the party keep the House next year is instead hurting their chances of reelection.”
Most of the gripes were obvious: too much emphasis on former President Trump; forced to run in the shadow of the most extreme members (too “left-leaning”); and muscled into supporting legislation which will come back to haunt them in 2022.
But here’s where we come in. I first will quote the entire passage:
The messaging issues extend beyond Trump. As cases challenging Roe v. Wade have reached the Supreme Court, the DCCC has sent dozens of press releases attacking Republican candidates and lawmakers for opposing abortion rights. But one front-liner called abortion “a lightning rod” in their district — and said the DCCC should steer clear of it as a campaign issue.
“We should leave it up to Planned Parenthood and all the reproductive organizations to get in there and support candidates that are pro-choice and leave it at that,” the member, who like other vulnerable Democrats supports abortion rights, told us. “I’m not going to go out there and start bashing people for being pro-life. It would be a big mistake in my district.”
This explains why even steadfast pro-abortion Democrats in competitive districts would often rather allow the political arms of Planned Parenthood et al. to talk about abortion: “I’m not going to go out there and start bashing people for being pro-life. It would be a big mistake in my district.”
He’s got that right.
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