While all the media attention is on the White House, the Democratic Party is undergoing a battle not only for its political future, but for its very soul.
It came to a head when after years of promoting abortion rights while claiming to respect those who disagreed, new DNC Chair Tom Perez declared that the party would withhold its support from any candidate who wasn’t pro-choice. He said that was “not negotiable.” It sparked a backlash from some Democrats, even Nancy Pelosi, who argued if they ever hope to win back enough seats to take the House, they can’t write off Catholics, churchgoing African-Americans and other Democratic voters who oppose abortion. This week, Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, insisted that there no "litmus test" on abortion for Democratic candidates.
But that was immediately countered by Howard Dean, who tweeted that he would withhold his support from the DCCC if they helped pro-life candidates. And Mitchell Stille of NARAL Pro-Choice America declared, “Throwing weight behind anti-choice candidates is bad politics that will lead to worse policy. The idea that jettisoning this issue wins elections for Democrats is folly contradicted by all available data."
Of course, bad politics, worse policy and folly contradicted by all available data is what today’s Democratic Party is built on. But you’d think that if you’re going to declare yourself the “party of science,” you wouldn’t adamantly refuse to look at the growing body of scientific evidence that a baby in the womb is a human being, not a “clump of cells.” If they continue down this road, the Democrats will manage the neat trick of somehow becoming a party that denies both religion and science. Aborting babies might be the only thing left that they actually believe in.
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