Two Right make A Wrong?
Pennsylvania is, much like in recent Presidential Elections, seen as a 'battleground state'. It's also become, at some level, a front in the "war on women".
So a right-wing State Representative's proposed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood would seem to elicit some concern from the Romney campaign, or the National GOP. Something like this could be just the thing to rally the folks that rallied at the Capitol on April 28th.
Or could there be a disconnect in the GOP? The obvious disconnect is between the National Party and the States. States from Arizona to Wisconsin have seem GOP Governors wage a series of attacks on workers, Latinos, and the poor. I think what was unexpected was the resistance that these "outgroups" have put up.
But I wonder if there could be a disconnect between the theocratic and plutocratic wings of the GOP. The "Tea Party" is basically a "%1" creation, they have tended to stay away from social issues that would pull some independents away. The religious conservatives that make up a large part of the GOP's base may feel a need to flex their muscle, and remind folks like the Koch's and ALEC.
So the bigger question is, how can the Democrats capitalize? That is a question that will need to be answered in the next few months.
Missing The Memo?
- ANALYSIS: How is Mitt Romney turning the tide in the 'War on Women'? | PennLive.com
". . . Romney’s improvement among women validates a bold public stance taken more than a month ago by Christine Toretti, the Indiana County GOP fundraiser and one of the most influential Republicans in the nation . . . ."
- Pa. state lawmaker introduces bill that could cut off funding for Planned Parenthood | PennLive.com
A bill introduced would cut off state funding to Planned Parenthood and other similar organizations and instead, direct the aid they receive to hospitals and health centers to provide preventative health services for low-income women.