Amidst the clamor over yesterday’s elections, here are a few nuggets to consider: In Tennessee, an amendment to the state Constitution that empowers the legislature to adopt policies like abortion center health and safety standards, passed 53-47 percent, despite supporters being outspent 2-1 and, shockingly, every editorial page in the state opposing the amendment. The amendment was necessary because of a 2003 decision by the Tennessee state Supreme Court that “discovered” a right to abortion in that state’s Constitution. Ironically, the same opponents that “spent more than $3.4 million on its efforts to defeat the measure” (mostly Planned Parenthoods in Tennessee and other states) claim to not have enough money to improve the health and safety of their abortion centers.
Overall, the mythological “war on women” narrative seems to have finally run its course. The poster child for the abortion industry’s self-deluding “war” theme was Wendy Davis, the Democrat candidate for Governor in Texas. She didn’t even manage to break 40 percent despite raising vast sums of money from national donors who were convinced her defense of killing unborn babies even at full-term gestation was a winner. Sandra Fluke, the college student who demanded at the Democrat National Convention last year that everyone else pay for her birth control, lost her race for state Senate in California – yes, California. And finally, in a major defeat for the abortion industry, Colorado booted Senator Mark Udall, whose one issue campaign on abortion earned him even the chastisement of the Denver Post.
Interestingly, while exit polls showed the economy is still the top issue for voters in Virginia, 53 percent of those who voted in the Commonwealth yesterday oppose same-sex marriage, a higher percentage of the electorate than either candidate for U.S. Senate received.
Perhaps Erick Erickson at RedState summed it up best: “The default against social issues among rich GOP donors is not the default among the public. Republicans do not need to run on social issues, but they sure … do not need to run away from them.”
And once again in Virginia, we’ll be waiting a while before we know the actual winner in the U.S. Senate race. Whatever the turnout, the reality that Virginia is a deeply divided state is obvious.
In the coming days, there will be more than enough pundits claiming to be able to tell you why you voted the way you did, but regardless of their opinions and “analysis,” the repercussions of yesterday’s results will be felt for a very long time.