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Abortion, Not Trump, is the GOP’s Albatross

How many times do voters have to send the message before Republicans get the picture?

America loves abortion. Is that cavalier? Unfortunately, it’s the truth. Decades of “me, me, me” culture have taken their toll. We are in the end stages of democracy, here, and there may be no putting the genie back in the bottle.

Nothing is ever free. Because of Dobbs, abortions are much harder to get in a number of states. The right made a bargain to save lives, and the cost is pain at the polls.

Tuesday’s election was a wipeout for conservatives. Everyone is quick to blame Donald Trump, but the real loser was Ron DeSantis – although it’s hard to say what he had left to lose.

DeSantis, and the pro-life movement in general, hammered Trump weeks ago for urging Republicans to moderate on abortion. They called Trump a sell-out. But Trump is unfortunately correct. No serious political junkie thinks Trump is going to lose Ohio next year. And guess what? Ohio just voted to enshrine abortion into law, and it wasn’t particularly close. In a time when the smell of pot pervades every public space imaginable, Ohio also legalized recreational marijuana. It was twofer for “Fetterman nation.”

Trump is the only Republican with the sense and the courage to say what many conservatives do not want to hear: their moral agenda is unpopular. This is especially true in the Rust Belt states that Trump flipped in 2016, like Pennsylvania. Democrats won a Supreme Court seat there on Tuesday night by, once again, championing “choice,” much as they did successfully in Wisconsin months ago.

Trump’s Republican critics are already trying to blame him for the election’s disappointing results. In reality, Trump has never been more electable.The New York Times just released a poll that has Trump dominating Biden in swing states, despite the unprecedented and unscrupulous lawfare campaign unleashed on Trump by the Democrats. The “blue wall” that Trump toppled in 2016, since patched up by Biden (with a little help from ballot shenanigans), is vulnerable once more.

Democrats are actually scared for the first time in three years that they will lose the White House. They’re not confident in Biden, at all. Nothing would calm their nerves so much as Republicans nominating an uptight socially conservative ideologue in 2024.

Biden wants to run on abortion. It’s his party’s saving grace – the perverse absolution for all the destruction they have wrought. Republicans have a winning agenda on every other issue – the economy, crime, and especially immigration, Trump’s signature issue. Everyone can see now that Trump was right about the border, especially those taking advantage of Biden’s abdication by pouring across. An unprecedented invasion is swelling at the gates, and even blue state voters have had enough.

In Suffolk County, New York, Ed Romaine won the race for county executive in a landslide – solidifying the GOP’s gains from last year in the Empire State. Romaine is the first Republican to hold the office in 20 years. Of course, in New York, crime and immigration are much more salient issues than abortion.

Immigration is the reason we are in this quandary with abortion to begin with. Decades of demographic replacement have rigged democracy in the favor of one party. Democrats now have a built-in advantage in every single election, and pretty soon they will win them all. This is the biggest issue facing the country, not abortion. America cannot survive another four years of the invasion. The Republican party certainly can’t.

Republicans should restrict abortion wherever and whenever it is prudent to do so. But, as the saying goes, “politics is the art of the possible.” This reasoning strikes many conservatives as devilish, but we live in a fallen world. Republicans can either continue on their self-destructive course, or they can compromise with reality, take Trump’s advice, and fight to live another day.

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About Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a Mt. Vernon fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a staff writer and weekly columnist at the Conservative Institute. His writing has also appeared in the Daily Caller. Follow him on Twitter @matt_boose. ‏

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Anti-abortion activists protest near a Women's March rally on June 24, 2023 in Washington, DC. The rally was organized by abortion rights activists and held to mark the one year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health, which overturned Roe v Wade and erased federal protections for abortions. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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  1. I’ve read three or four articles on this very same subject today. It seems the Republicans will have to thread the abortion needle very carefully next year. And pro-lifers would be wise to become more pragmatic–to pick their battles. They won a big victory with SCOTUS, but they cannot further their gains if they cannot win elections.

    Moral victories are what losers claim to rationalize their loss.

  2. Some hills are truly worth dying on. If we cannot stop sacrificing our unborn children perhaps we do not deserve a republic whose foundation is necessarily a moral people. Whether we suffer at the polls today only to continue to slide into the pit of societal demise (the way of Rome of old) - if that is indeed our options - makes precious little difference. However, at least with the former, we would have been able to stand with conscience unstained regarding this issue.

  3. If the GOP insists on pounding its head on the same brick wall, year after year, it will get the same result. The American people favor limited abortion about 85% - 15% and unlimited abortion about 55% - 45%.

  4. The GOP is wedded to the anti-abortion fanatics.Most Americans want abortion legal(and not just for six weeks).The fanatics want to outlaw all abortions.The GOP must divorce itself from these people.They will lose elections.Trump is showing a more realistic stance on moral issues(largely ignoring them).Not the best choice, but the nutters feel they can make or break any GOP candidate.

  5. Avatar for task task says:

    Has this been what I have been saying? It was never about Trump but, if anything, the Trump haters will use abortion as the weapon of choice and thousands of ugly leftist women who, if they moved next door to you your lawn would die and turn brown, will march in solidarity and will dwarf the numbers of Palestinian sympathizers by comparison. This was evident in the 2022 numbers if people were cleaver enough to look beyond the evidence of rigged and stolen elections, which I eventually viewed as a distraction, that blinded observers from discovering the real evidence as to why there was no red tsunami. The SCOTUS decision could not have come at a worse time. The right to an abortion, to kill your offspring, became the only issue that mattered for women passionately and hopelessly indoctrinated in leftist dogma.

    The priest I spoke about, in a previous post, has had several parties thrown for him by two groups. Those that he saved from drugs and those that would not be alive had he not helped their mothers after talking them out of having an abortion. They thanked him profusely for saving their lives. And so did their mothers.

    Obviously I’m pro life but you cannot change a nation of women educated, not in Constitutional protected liberty, but only as victims of white Christian males, into not using the one weapon they all can use effectively as individuals. Trump needs to confront this directly and carefully because the abortion issue will be used aggressively and effectively.

    Now the good news is that more and more young people get it and are becoming sensible when it comes to marriage, families, children and debt but they are not in the majority. The idea is to win, then grab the high ground to effectively dismantle an indoctrination system that makes people vote only on perceived victimhood. The left created their voter base. The time is way overdo to deal with the culture that was created using Stockholm syndrome psychology. Democrats create enemies of the Republic and we need to create friends. LBJ perceived how to do it. He used Republicans to help him create the Great Society which, ultimately, Democrats used to create the welfare state that was used against them and brought us the greatest of all deceivers and the greatest of all destroyers… Barack Obama. He was not just a community activist but, instead, more importantly, a community activator using the psychology all demigods always use. He used race and gender to create victims. He is the reason Democrats and Biden enabled the CCP to help rig the election system and why the FBI and the SCOTUS stood down.

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