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Old 05-17-2019, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by ThelmaLou View Post
Where a politician stands on this can make or break his/her career regardless of where s/he stands on other issues.
Remember, only a small fraction of voters on either side of the issue are so hard-core that abortion is their one and only issue. But those hard-core voters will turn out en masse in the party primaries to vote for people as committed as they are, and they might even stay home in the general election rather than vote for the least objectionable candidate. Politicians, understandably, are afraid of this. Ditto with taxes, LGBTQ rights, etc. Remember, the largest newspaper in New Hampshire won't endorse a Republican who won't take "The Pledge" on taxes.

Maybe the question question would be better framed as, "is there any other nation in the world where politicians are so afraid of single-issue voters."

Last edited by Kent Clark; 05-17-2019 at 05:32 PM.