Report: Behind the Scenes, Republicans Worry About the Political Impact of Reversing Roe

In public, Republicans are reveling after the Supreme Court granted a decision they’ve long desired. However, some are quietly feeling the midterm tides turn just as nearly everything had been going right for an overwhelming sweep.

Politico conducted dozens of interviews with Republican strategists and party officials that reveal a hint of worry about the hit GOP candidates could take during upcoming midterm elections due to reinvigorated Democrat voters.

A closed-door consensus has formed that the court’s overturning of precedent will be a liability for the party, perhaps even beyond midterms if former President Donald Trump chooses to run in 2024.


John Thomas, a Republican strategist who works on House campaigns across the country, said, “This is not a conversation we want to have.”

“We want to have a conversation about the economy. We want to have a conversation about Joe Biden, about pretty much anything else besides Roe … This is a losing issue for Republicans.”

A Republican operative who spoke to Politico on the condition of anonymity said the decision undercuts the progress Republicans have made with moderates and swing voters.

“It takes a sizeable bloc of voters who were leaning [Republican], and it gives them reason to vote Democrat,” he said. “And they haven’t had any reason to vote Democrat in quite a while.”

Not all who were interviewed were so negative. There isn’t a Republican or Democrat who thinks the issue will keep the GOP from reclaiming the House in November.

“Maybe instead of losing 45 seats, they lose 30,” said a former Congressman speaking anonymously. “There will be a few seats that Republicans would have won without [the Dobbs decision], and they may not win them now.”

Even polling from after the leaked draft showed abortion falling below other voter concerns.

National Republican strategist Dave Carney is confident that voters have more pressing things to worry about, such as ongoing inflation and recent shortages of essentials like baby formula.

“That’s not what’s driving the conversation. Real people, working people, people who vote, are talking about the incompetence of the president, and then they go down the list of six or seven things.”

As midterms approach, Republicans will attempt to keep the long list of economic issues at the forefront of public focus.

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Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
1 year ago

Republicans must stand on their principles. If women want to continue their financial misery for themselves and their families and keep Democrats in power, there is nothing that Republicans can do.

1 year ago

For those Republicans that are worried about the politicalblowback of the shutdown od Roe vs Wade and their career.Tell me which is more important standing up for the truth or leaving an illegal passed law stay in force for your political career.Look to God and trust in him. He said worry not for I will be with you always.

1 year ago

John Thomas is the typical idiotic RINO “consultant.” He is gutless and feckless, but he makes up for it by being pusillanimous. A pox on him and all such RINOs.

1 year ago

What’s the big deal then? If a woman does not want to give birth, she can (1) keep her legs discretely closed or (2) Employ birth control. After conception the horse is already out of the barn, Sure, use chemical abortion promptly in the event of a rape, but otherwise face the music….

1 year ago

Conservatives have, unfortunately, always been good at shooting themselves in the foot. This decision is no exception. And another danger is nominating loonies in the primaries, driving sane people away.

But … we can hope that the Democrats are so awful that we will still take back the House in November.

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