Salon‘s Deputy Politics Editor Luke Brinker noticed the pro-life revolt that Frank Cannon almost launched, and also picked up on Frank Cannon’s point—this was not a smooth political move:
“Coming out of a good CPAC appearance, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker just gave what I can safely call the very worst interview on the life issue I have seen from a Republican in recent memory,” American Principles in Action president Frank Cannon said in a statement. “Walker’s ‘Truce’ instincts were vividly on display again after his recent alleged pivot.”
In a particularly piercing jab, Cannon unfavorably contrasted Walker’s remarks with the anti-abortion views of Jeb Bush, the putative “moderate” in the Republicans’ 2016 field.
“Claiming you are impotent to act on your core principles is neither true nor wise. What about advocating for a ban on abortions after 20 weeks?” Cannon asked. “That’s a law that has already been passed in 12 states, which the Republican National Committee endorses, and which most of his fellow presumptive Republican presidential candidates also support, Jeb Bush included.”
Other social conservatives joined the pile-on.
Princeton University Professor and American Principles founder Robert George compared Walker’s apparent acquiescence to Roe to resigning oneself to the Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott ruling, which held that African Americans were not citizens and therefore enjoyed no rights.
So the takeaway from Walker’s squabble with the anti-abortion community is not that there’s any ambiguity about his stance on choice. Instead, the spat further illustrates how woefully unschooled Walker is on the finer points of running a competent, coherent national campaign. Presidential bids test candidates’ mettles, and the early results raise very real doubts about Walker’s staying power.
Good thing Walker corrected fast.
Maggie Gallagher is the editor of ThePulse2016.com.