I wish Republicans would stop apologizing for beliefs they held before they were more brightly in the public spotlight. Good thing we have our very own ex-governor Mitt as a primo example of flip-flopping.
Fred Thompson, the actor and former senator who is positioning himself to run as the true conservative in the presidential race, lobbied the first Bush administration in 1991 on behalf of an abortion-rights group, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Thompson, whose stance on abortion during his first Senate race in 1994 was hazy, at first denied the report and then suggested in interviews that people should distinguish his own views from those of his clients. Whatever his views were in 1991 or 1994, he now is strongly opposed to abortion rights.
If Thompson did indeed change his views on abortion, he’s in strong company within the GOP: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush all shifted their views on abortion rights from supportive to firmly opposed — and became president. This year, Thompson, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, and Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas are all touting their own antiabortion beliefs — though they shunned the label earlier in their careers.
The sheer number of Republican leaders who’ve morphed from abortion-rights defenders to strict moral opponents invites both skepticism and credulity: There has to be some element of political expediency in all these shifts, but the leading lights of the GOP can’t all be craven opportunists. To some degree, at least, they must be mirroring the journey of their constituents.
I?m not so sure those last two sentences are accurate?