This morning on Today, the House minority whip conveniently cited the Indiana Republican governor’s “truce” talk in defense of the long politically protected Planned Parenthood and other abortion-related spending on the budget-debate table.
As it happens, though, his party’s position in the short term underscores why the truce talk doesn’t fly: On D.C. abortion funding, instead of supporting what has been long-term bipartisan policy, his party is insisting that the activism here is on the Republican side of the aisle. The supposed radical ideologues are simply seeking to keep taxpayer-supported abortion funding out of D.C. — mainstream position. Status quo.
The Left isn’t in retreat on social issues, so why be foolish? Meanwhile, it’s a home-team talking point to use against House Republicans, however ridiculously disingenuously.