What happens to a political party that’s “almost” pro-life?

“We ran on a message of almost being for tax cuts, almost for smaller government, almost for protecting Second Amendment rights, and almost being pro-life. As a result, the voters almost came out and voted for us.” 

Ken Cuccinelli (photo by Gage Skidmore)
Ken Cuccinelli (photo by Gage Skidmore)

Those words were spoken by a Virginia state senator named Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican, after the GOP in Virginia got spanked in the 2005 election. (He was quoted in The Wall Street Journal, “How to Turn a Red State Blue”, 2/23/06.)

Cuccinelli survived that election, and went on to become Virginia’s Attorney General. He is now the Republican nominee for governor, going up against abortion advocate Terry McAuliffe. I don’t know Cuccinelli’s voting record offhand, but Planned Parenthood’s corporate knickers are in a twist over his candidacy, so he must be doing something right.

Being “almost” pro-life proved an unwise posture in Virginia eight years ago. What about today? McAuliffe, like many Democratic candidates last year, is aggressively pro-abortion, right down to insisting on public funding for abortion providers. Nothing “almost” about him. Cuccinelli is standing by his own pro-life record.

Since 2005, an unapologetic abortion advocate has been elected president twice. The GOP at the national level has shown itself unwilling to challenge this President on the life issues. It’s left to state-level candidates to prove that it pays to be more than “almost” pro-life.  Good luck to Mr. Cuccinelli.

Author: Ellen Kolb

New Hampshire-based writer, activist, hiker.

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