One paper, two columns, two ideas, who do ya believe?
Kim Strassel is in this corner and that is who I think has the better ideas.
Come out standing strong for what you believe:
For one, the New Jersey governor didn’t duck. “I’m pro-life,” he said in 2011. “I believe in exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. That’s my position, take it or leave it.” Most New Jerseyans did not regard Mr. Christie’s characteristically blunt statement as a deal breaker. All the more so because the governor made clear that his primary focus was jobs, government reform and education.
Mr. Christie also deftly put social controversies in a broader framework where he had the upper hand. He insisted that his Planned Parenthood cuts were necessary to fix a gaping budget deficit—and he never wavered. His recent decision not to appeal a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage was partly a bow to political reality, yet he also described it as a nod to his voters’ will.
William Whalen who seems to want to do what we’ve always done and meekly let the left determine the narrative.
So how should the GOP prepare for the “war on women” allegations to come? Here are three suggestions.
First, Republicans would do well to de-emphasize social issues. They didn’t do so in the 2012 campaign, when conservatives promoted concepts and crusades—including defunding Planned Parenthood and promoting the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act—that were grist for the Democratic attack mill.