Before I start, let me assure you that this is my own original political analysis and I have neither seen on TV nor read in any media nor heard on the radio what I am about to tell you. I just wanted to say that because I get accused of copying Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews and I just want everyone to know that I don't and have never watched their shows. Not a single time. I don't even have cable. I am a democratic socialist. They are TV pundits. I am able to make the distinction. Some are not apparently.
Anyway, my analysis.
I was taken aback by what I heard. I listened to quite a number of victory and concession speeches. I listened mostly to republican victory and concession speeches. I listened to Rand Paul, Christine O'Donnell, Carl Paladino, John Boehner, and others whose names are less recognizable and even less remember-able. A single issue voter might have me believe that a republican loss would mean a loss for the pro-choice movement. A republican win should mean victory for the babies!
But none of them mentioned abortion.
Nobody said, "Now that the American people have elected me to office, I will end abortion!" Nobody said "since our tragic loss, unborn babies all over America will now never see the light of day." Nobody said anything about abortion.
Not a damn thing.
Not one damn thing.
Because republicans won't do anything about abortion.
Not a damn thing.
It's a hot button issue which they were fortunate enough to have gotten on the right side of 40 years ago. But it's just a card. Like a King of Diamonds, or the Ace of Hearts. It's a card, you use it to make a good hand, then when you won your chips, you shuffle it back into the deck and hope that at some time in the future you can pull it out again and use it to win another hand. In poker, you play the people, not the cards.
They are playing the people.
Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, the republicans have held the presidency for like 25 years. Compare that to 14 for the democrats. During that entire time, they did next to nothing. Sure, they campaigned on it like mad, but the weren't playing the cards, they were playing the game, playing the people. In the same time, they pushed abstinence only education. Yet, we have the highest teen birth rate in the industrialized world! They started like three wars. You know what kills more innocent people than abortions? WARS!!!
The democrats on the other hand want to pass out condoms, a method which tends to prevent a lot of pregnancies. The democrats typically lift the poor, which tends to prevent a lot of unwanted pregnancies. The democrats better fund education, education tends to prevent pregnancy. Democrats want to provide health care, good health insurance pays for contraception, a reliable method of preventing pregnancy. Democrats want to provide comprehensive sex education, which has the same effect as any other education like I mentioned before. But most of them still want abortion to be legal.
The republicans didn't mention abortion because they don't care about it. What did they mention? They mentioned taxes, budgets, power, majority, taking things back, taking over, guns, and cuts to everything but the military. But they didn't mention abortion. They don't care and they won't do ANYTHING!
It's a card, and you don't play cards, you play people.
If you are a single issue voter, you are being played, and quite successfully. Congratulations.