If you take a look at recent comments made by Senate and House Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, remarks made by insurgent 2016 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, and a few others, it is apparent that at least some factions within the party understand that they’re going to have to reach NEW voters next year if they want to have any chance of taking back the House of Representatives.
It was seemingly in that spirit that Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) spoke to The Hill newspaper this weekend. Lujan, who is also the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, said that candidates looking for funding did not necessarily need to share the party’s platform ideology on abortion.
“There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidate,” said Lujan. “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. To pick up 24 [seats] and get to 218, that is the job. We’ll need a broad coalition to get that done. We are going to need all of that, we have to be a big family in order to win the House back.”
Sounds like common sense, which is why it shouldn’t be surprising to see the feminist wing of the party pitching an absolute fit.
Mitchell Stille of NARAL Pro-Choice America: “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.”
Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean: “I’m afraid I’ll be withholding support for the DCCC if this is true.”
GamerGate wingnut Brianna Wu: “I think most liberal men don’t understand how much women’s rights have been rolled back in the last 25 years. We have given enough. If liberal men want a bargaining chip to win Southern states, I suggest using your own civil liberties for once. Don’t ask any more of us.”
Liberal columnist Jill Filipovic: “What better strategy to betray their base and reaffirm that women’s basic rights are negotiable and disposable?”
Well, you have to give liberal Democrats one thing: The message that abortion is a basic, fundamental issue of women’s rights has certainly sunk into the left-wing ideological system of thought. These feminists seem to actually believe all the BS the party has been slinging for the last couple of decades. And since that’s the case, they can’t be too surprised by the kneejerk revulsion to the idea of a pro-life Democrat.
This is a political party that NEEDS a new direction badly; this is a political party whose rabid base won’t allow it to make the changes necessary.
If nothing else, it should be fun to watch the chaos unfold.