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Pelosi: Social Issues Got Trump Elected

John McCormack calls attention to her remarks.

. . . which gives me an opportunity to address one common line of criticism of my last article and post about the Democrats’ relationship to pro-lifers. Sure, the critics conceded, Democrats have become increasingly intolerant of pro-lifers. But Republicans have grown less tolerant of pro-choicers as well. Why wasn’t I talking about that?

My first answer is that I did talk about that parallel, and its limits. From the article: “Republicans have become more uniformly opposed to abortion over time, too, although party officials have not said that to run for mayor anywhere in the country a Republican must agree with their platform”–which is what the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and the second-ranking Senate Democrat have both said.

My second answer is that partisan polarization on abortion seems, on net, to have helped the Republicans and hurt the Democrats, which suggests that the Democrats are making a mistake in trying to heighten that polarization. Pelosi, at least, seems to agree with me.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.