Regarded as a demonic figure by the Left, little surprise considering the defeats he handed them, Karl Rove gives sound advice to Republicans on the way out of the political wilderness here.
The most interesting advice is on social issues:
“9. Culture matters. Suggestions that we abandon social conservatism, including our pro-life agenda, should be ignored. These values are often more popular than the GOP itself. The age of sonograms has made younger voters a more pro-life generation. And California and Florida approved marriage amendments while McCain lost both states. Republicans, in championing our values agenda, need to come across as morally serious rather than as judgmental. More than 4 million Americans who go to church more than once a week and voted in 2004 stayed home in 2008. They represented half the margin between Obama and McCain.”
Rove is on target. The Republican party can only win when it is true to its core beliefs, and at the heart of these beliefs is a firm commitment to the pro-life cause. The pro-abortion agenda about to be unleashed by the Obama administration will only add fuel to the struggle that pro-lifers have been waging against abortion. Those who think that the election of Obama ended this fight are delusional. This battle is about to heat up to a degree that the supporters of abortion on demand will not be able to counter the pro-life reaction to their initiatives, especially their expected push for the Freedom of Choice Act.