Republicans Have A Big Mike Johnson Problem
House Republicans in districts that Biden won are signaling that the GOP's abortion strategy is backfiring which means making an anti-choice extremist speaker is a big problem.
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Swing District House Republicans Are Sounding The Alarm On Abortion
There is a truth about members of the House of Representatives and elections that is consistently true no matter which party holds the majority. Members of the House in swing districts are vulnerable to political shifts and often understand these shifts long before other federally elected officials.
According to Punchbowl News swing district House Republicans are warning about the party’s position on abortion:
Center-right lawmakers representing swing districts from New York to California are sounding the alarm that their party’s strategy on abortion rights has backfired. These vulnerable Republicans — who hold districts that President Joe Biden won in 2020 — told us the GOP needs to be more mindful about how it talks about abortion in the run-up to the 2024 election.
Top players in the House Republican Conference have embraced a more aggressive federal role on the issue, including banning most abortions after six weeks. One of the conference’s chief opponents of abortion rights — Speaker Mike Johnson — now sits atop the House GOP.
Republicans around the country have been getting crushed on the choice issue for more than a year, so the House majority responded by putting an abortion extremist in charge of the House of Representatives.
The person who is second in line for the presidency wants women to have no control over their own healthcare decisions, but he wants to take women back to the 19th Century.
As we will discuss below, that’s a problem.