The liberal side of the Texas abortion showdown has the two most powerful Democrats in Washington squarely in its corner: Barack Obama and Harry Reid â€” not to mention a Dixie Chick.
On the right: Rick Perryâ€™s holding down the fort without much obvious help from national Republicans.
The RNC hasnâ€™t latched onto the fight. Few national Republicans have weighed in. And a key party official in Texas acknowledged thereâ€™s no behind-the-scenes help coming, though he says he doesnâ€™t need it.
Republicans will talk about the abortion bill when theyâ€™re asked about it, but they arenâ€™t swooping into the fight with the same enthusiasm as liberals.
he mismatch makes sense: Even abortion bills that poll well, like the one in Texas does, open the door to the kinds of comments that have hurt national Republicans repeatedly â€” from Rep. Trent Franksâ€™s comments last month on the â€œvery lowâ€ number of rape-related pregnancies to Todd Akin blowing his shot at a Senate seat over his â€œlegitimate rapeâ€ remarks in 2012.
But that political calculus doesnâ€™t do much for anti-abortion activists who are glad to see their issue front and center.
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