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GOP sits out Texas abortion fight
Politico ^ | 07/02/2013 | By DAVID NATHER

Posted on 07/02/2013 12:27:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The liberal side of the Texas abortion showdown has the two most powerful Democrats in Washington squarely in its corner: Barack Obama and Harry Reid — not to mention a Dixie Chick.

On the right: Rick Perry’s holding down the fort without much obvious help from national Republicans.

The RNC hasn’t latched onto the fight. Few national Republicans have weighed in. And a key party official in Texas acknowledged there’s no behind-the-scenes help coming, though he says he doesn’t need it.

Republicans will talk about the abortion bill when they’re asked about it, but they aren’t swooping into the fight with the same enthusiasm as liberals.

The mismatch makes sense: Even abortion bills that poll well, like the one in Texas does, open the door to the kinds of comments that have hurt national Republicans repeatedly — from Rep. Trent Franks’s comments last month on the “very low” number of rape-related pregnancies to Todd Akin blowing his shot at a Senate seat over his “legitimate rape” remarks in 2012. But that political calculus doesn’t do much for anti-abortion activists who are glad to see their issue front and center.

“You either fight and ask your leaders to fight on an issue that cuts your way or you just fold up and go home, which is what the national party wants to do,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. “It really is fear. It really is simply, ‘We’re not going to go there.’”

“Now, you’ve got an issue that’s in your platform, that cuts your way with big margins. To be silent is a mistake,” Dannenfelser said.

In contrast, Democrats couldn’t be happier with the way the issue is energizing their supporters.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abortion; gop; rnc; texas

1 posted on 07/02/2013 12:27:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Texas should pull out of the GOP and start their own party.


2 posted on 07/02/2013 12:28:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

That is not surprising. The GOP stays out all fights, including the fight for freedom.


3 posted on 07/02/2013 12:29:47 PM PDT by sport
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To: SeekAndFind

We’re pretty much used to fighting on our own here in Michigan.

Sometimes I think we’re better off without them.


4 posted on 07/02/2013 12:32:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The GOOBers are still waiting to pick their fights. They haven’t seen any that they like yet. LOL!


5 posted on 07/02/2013 12:32:21 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Former member of the GOP useful idiot voter base.)
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To: dfwgator

This is a state issue; no need for the national party to get involved.


6 posted on 07/02/2013 12:33:09 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: cripplecreek

Seriously, if you want a third party, this is the only viable way it will ever happen, if a major state defects there delegation from the National GOP, other states will follow suit and join them.


7 posted on 07/02/2013 12:33:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sport

“The GOP stays out (of) all fights”

Now, now; we’re confident the GOP will fight against true conservatives.


8 posted on 07/02/2013 12:35:55 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: sport

The term, “stupid party,” is well earned.


9 posted on 07/02/2013 12:36:55 PM PDT by Mark17 (My heart is in the Philippines, and soon I will be too.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The GOP-Washington elites are taking the party down to oblivion, which is where they want it to go, I think. Then they switch to being Dems while telling us “the Republican Party has moved tooo far to the right,” when there is not even a hint of evidence for that.


10 posted on 07/02/2013 12:37:04 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: SeekAndFind

The GOPe would like to see conservatives aborted.


11 posted on 07/02/2013 12:37:34 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto
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To: Mark17

“Gutless Party” is a more accurate description.


12 posted on 07/02/2013 12:38:43 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: attiladhun2

The big money GOP donors are almost all for gay marriage, abortion, and open borders and that is who the GOP looks to for guidance.


13 posted on 07/02/2013 12:40:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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a lot of these state abortion restrictions, like targeted abortion regulations that only apply to abortion clinics, will be struck down by the supreme court eventually, probably soon, anyway.


14 posted on 07/02/2013 12:40:37 PM PDT by snowstorm12
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To: SeekAndFind

Weak cowards. Just call it what it is: murder. No need for flowery words or shoving your feet in your mouths. Yes is yes and no means no.


15 posted on 07/02/2013 12:48:47 PM PDT by grimalkin (The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. -G.K. Chesterton)
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To: SeekAndFind
On the right: Rick Perry’s holding down the fort without much obvious help from national Republicans.

Of course. Rick Perry is a MAN...national Republicans are spinelss eunuchs.

16 posted on 07/02/2013 12:53:49 PM PDT by pgkdan (Marco Rubio can go straight to hell!)
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To: DLfromthedesert
This is a state issue; no need for the national party to get involved

My thought exactly.

17 posted on 07/02/2013 12:57:42 PM PDT by 88keys (run the race...)
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To: cripplecreek
"The big money GOP donors are almost all for gay marriage, abortion, and open borders and that is who the GOP looks to for guidance."

What makes you think this? I don't understand why any "big money" donors would give money to a party whose platform is in opposition to their preferences.

18 posted on 07/02/2013 1:03:34 PM PDT by 88keys (run the race...)
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To: 88keys
What makes you think this?

I do the research and find out what they think rather than letting someone else tell me. The real question is why don't you know it?
19 posted on 07/02/2013 1:06:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

After having a 2012 candidate who openly opposed the party platform on abortion, I think people need to find out what the national republican party position on abortion really is.


20 posted on 07/02/2013 1:06:54 PM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Democrats are energizing their base by lying and fearmongering as usual.

Politico’s a whore.


21 posted on 07/02/2013 1:07:11 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: ansel12

After having a 2012 platform that rejected religion and Israel, the people need to understand what the Democrat party position on the issues really is.

Shoving it in as a rewrite over the dominant objections of the Party was a truth telling moment.

The religious left is a lie. It has been the secret to DNC victories since 2006.


22 posted on 07/02/2013 1:08:54 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

I don’t know what that post is about.


23 posted on 07/02/2013 1:12:08 PM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: dfwgator
Texas should pull out of the GOP union and start their own party country.
24 posted on 07/02/2013 1:54:19 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: SeekAndFind

““Now, you’ve got an issue that’s in your platform, that cuts your way with big margins. To be silent is a mistake,”

To be silent, in God’s eyes, is to agree.


25 posted on 07/02/2013 2:07:47 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: SeekAndFind

Whigs lack courage and convictions.


26 posted on 07/02/2013 2:15:07 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: attiladhun2
“Gutless Party” is a more accurate description.

Yes, that too.

27 posted on 07/02/2013 11:12:47 PM PDT by Mark17 (My heart is in the Philippines, and soon I will be too.)
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