This news from the Washington Times last night completely shocked me: “GOP to make big statement on abortion.”
In an unprecedented show of opposition to abortion, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the start of the party’s annual winter meeting so he and other committee members can join the March for Life on the National Mall, The Washington Times has learned.
Mr. Preibus, a plain-spoken Greek Orthodox attorney from Wisconsin, will join members of his party’s national committee and thousands of other abortion opponents in the annual right-to-life march scheduled for Jan. 22.
“I saw that there was a real interest among a significant portion of our members to attend and support the Rally for Life,” Mr. Priebus said in an email to The Times. “This is a core principle of our party. It was natural for me to support our members and our principles.”
Mr. Preibus, in his second term as the elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, chose to delay the start of the four-day annual winter meeting of the GOP’s governing body in order to allow himself and RNC members to attend the march. The delay is unprecedented for a major U.S. political party, several state GOP chairmen and other RNC members said in telephone interviews.
Mr. Priebus also decided the RNC will charter a bus to and from the march for those among the RNC’s 168 members who wish to attend, he said.
As regular readers are aware, many of us who right for Political Outcast are not all that impressed by mainstream Republican leadership in many cases. But we also notice that, when the political realities line up, they will support the popular cause. For example, it is extremely clear that John Boehner did not approve of the strategy that led to blaming the GOP for the government shutdown. But he knew that he had to speak for Congress and that the tea party had the majority. So he supported the laws that provoke the democrats to partially shut down the government.
As a Christian believer, Preibus may be personally opposed to abortion. I don’t really know anything about the strength of his commitment to the pro-life cause. But I am sure that he would not lead the RNC in doing something that he thought would damage the Republican brand or the Republican chances of winning victories in 2014 and beyond.
So it looks like that Preibus is seeing the same national trends that Ben Shapiro wrote about. Many people hate abortion as an attack on an innocent life. It is even possible that this is part of an international trend. They are ready to push back. The liberals have not yet won the hearts and minds of the American people.
We would have to fight abortion regardless of popular opinion, but we have here the encouraging news that popular opinion may be going our way.