- Republican officials are worried that Roe’s repeal against Wade will negatively affect interim terms, Politico reported.
- They fear the decision could shift the focus from economics and inflation, issues on which Biden is weakening research.
- The majority of Americans support legal abortion in some form. A Republican strategist said it was a “lost issue for Republicans.”
As Republicans publicly celebrate Rowe’s repeal of Wade, some are worried in private that the weather could negatively affect the November midterm elections.
Some Republicans fear the abortion decision could give Democrats ammunition to attack and mobilize voters, Politico said, based on interviews with more than a dozen Republican strategists and officials.
“This is not a conversation we want to have,” Republican strategist John Thomas told Politico. “We want to talk about the economy. We want to talk about Joe Biden, about almost everything but Rowe. It’s a losing issue for Republicans.”
Friday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling overturned a nearly 50-year-old precedent that legalizes abortion across the country.
Although the removal of Rowe has been a key ambition of conservatives for decades, a majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal in all or certain circumstances, according to national Pew and Gallup polls.
Some Republicans are worried that the decision could shift the focus from the economy and inflation, which was previously a major issue for voters.
A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that voters largely disapproved of President Joe Biden’s behavior with the economy and inflation.
“Everything was going our way. Gas is over $ 5. Inflation is a huge problem,” a former Republican congressman was told Politico, who was given anonymity to speak frankly.
“The only thing [Democrats] 40 years of an approved law that will be changed, which will cause some public horror, “he said.” And can they turn this into some kind of electoral activity? I think the answer is probably yes.
“Maybe instead of losing 45 seats, they lose 30,” the congressman said. At the very least, “there will be a few seats without which Republicans would win [the abortion rights decision]and they may not win them now. “
Former President Donald Trump has been widely credited with the abortion decision as he appointed three conservative judges during his presidency.
However, even Trump reportedly said in private that he feared Rowe’s overthrow would be “bad for Republicans.”
“You go to any diner in America and nobody talks about it.”
Democratic candidates in several key states have said they plan to make abortion rights a major focus of their campaigns, The New York Times reported.
Although abortion has not been a major mobilizing issue for voters in the past, studies show that it will now play a more important role than in the past.
Some fear that Biden’s party could increase the votes of young people and women from the suburbs with whom they have recently advanced.
However, others suggest that abortion is still less important to average voters than current economic problems.
“You go to any diner in America and nobody talks about it,” Dave Carney, a national Republican strategist, told Politico.
“That’s not what the conversation is about. Real people, working people, people who vote, talk about the president’s incompetence and then go down the list of six or seven things.”
These problems include rising commodity prices and the recent shortage of formula.