No ‘litmus test’ on abortion? Shame on the Democrats who support anti-choice candidates

While Hillary Clinton stood firm on the issue during her 2016 election campaign, she also said that ‘of course’ you could be anti-choice and a feminist

The right to choose: ‘This is hardly the first time Democrats have waffled on this issue.’ Photograph: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

As Donald Trump and his cast of flatterers continue their incompetent war on the American people, the Democrats seem more determined than ever to bungle their comeback from 2016’s humiliating defeat.

From small-thinking policy proposals (as outlined in Chuck Schumer’s New York Times editorial last week) and slogans that read like satire (“I mean, have you seen the other guys?”) to their quixotic obsession with wooing “moderate” Republicans and the rich to the detriment of progressives and the poor, their strategy is, at best, a wet fart. At worst, it’s a plan to sell out everything they once stood for.

The latest principle to be jettisoned like so much dead weight, or at least the latest one people are talking about: a woman’s right to choose.

In a recent interview with the Hill, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, Ben Ray Luján, maintained there would be no “litmus test” on abortion for candidates as the party scrambled to to take back a majority in the House. “As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America,” he said.

From this, diligent followers of the discourse can deduce the DCCC will support anti-choice candidates if it thinks they can win, despite a paucity of evidence that Republicans in 2017 can be convinced to switch their votes to “D”.

This is hardly the first time Democrats have waffled on this issue. While Hillary Clinton stood firm on it during her 2016 election campaign, she said in an appearance on The View that “of course” you could be anti-choice and a feminist. The man she chose as her running mate, Tim Kaine, has a severely mixed record on abortion rights. The House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, said that “of course” candidates could be anti-choice and receive the support of the party (of course!), and that abortion was “kind of fading as an issue” for Democrats. And not because everyone who needs an abortion can now get one.

In an epic flip-flop, the Democratic National Committee chair, Tom Perez, said his party should be flexible in the name of the “big tent”, then turned…

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