- Nov 14, 2005
He may be doing the party such a 'favour' overall in the national scope, all depending on motivating pro-choice infrequent and non voters, swing vote independents and even GOP voters that foolishly never believed the day would actually come that Roe would be in jeopardy by their voting patterns.And in voting with his devout Roman Catholic conscience he is in this instance ironically doing a massive favour for his party.
This is a total vote killer for a GOP desperately needing moderate independent voters next year
Broadly equivalent to huge swathes of Fianna Fail starting a massive rural "repeal divorce and same sex marriage legislation" campaign
That said, IMO Edwards is also correct about the following:
"I know that for many in the national party, on the national scene, that's not a good fit. But I will tell you, here in Louisiana, I speak and meet with Democrats who are pro-life every single day," Edwards said.
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Edwards campaigned on a pro-life platform when he was first elected governor in 2015. In a TV ad released during the campaign, he explained how he and his wife opted not to have an abortion even when the couple discovered their daughter would have a spinal birth defect when she was born.
"My inclination is to sign it," Gov. John Bel Edwards said when discussing a "heartbeat bill" currently under consideration in the state Legislature.
Edwards got elected Governor in a very red state--the only Deep South Democrat Governor at this time--by being an anti-abortion Blue Dog that's moderate to liberal on many other issues.
In 2006, the Democrats obtained a large sweep in Congress, and that included winning many seats by courting such rural Blue Dogs.
Simply put, IMO, the Dems would also pick up plenty of votes on the flip side with rural Southerners and others that are moderate to liberal on most issues but simply can't condone abortion (unless exceptions like rape, incest and/or protecting the mother's life) and/or liberality with guns given their local needs and culture.