Sunday, December 5, 2010

After Benefiting From Voter Furor Over Economy, Conservatives Prioritize Divisive Social Agenda in States | Progressive States Network

The morning after Election Day, conservative candidates across the country woke up to find themselves the beneficiaries of an historic national wave of voter anger over the state of the economy and record unemployment. Exit polls and other surveys unanimously showed that jobs and the economy were by far the primary issues on voters’ minds as they cast their ballots - while they simultaneously revealed no mandate for a conservative economic agenda that would hurt working families.

Yet in the first few weeks after this clear voter statement of frustration over the economy, conservative state lawmakers across the fifty states are already making it clear that their legislative priorities next year will include pushing a divisive social agenda - an agenda that remained largely hidden during the campaign.

Chief among the fights soon to take center stage in many statehouses will be a renewed right-wing attack on reproductive rights. Troy Newman, the leader of the notorious anti-choice group Operation Rescue, recently described the post-election outlook for social conservatives in the states by saying it made him feel like “a little boy on Christmas morning - which package do you open up first?”
After Benefiting From Voter Furor Over Economy, Conservatives Prioritize Divisive Social Agenda in States | Progressive States Network
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