2010 Election: One for the History Books Already
By Karen Cross
Even as I write this article, another
pro-abortion Democrat, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, has just announced
he is leaving office at the end of the year. He is the third
pro-abortion Democratic senator to retire in 2010.
But none of what has happened recently
can be understood without taking a look at the extraordinary impact
of the 2009 off-year gubernatorial elections.
In Virginia, Bob McDonnell (R) ran an
upbeat, positive pro-life campaign and defeated Democrat Creigh
Deeds, his pro-abortion opponent, handily. Pro-life Republican Chris
Christie defeated hard-core pro-abortion incumbent Governor Jon
Corzine (D) in the Garden State, a year after New Jersey voted
heavily in favor of Barack Obama.
Then came the real shocker—the special
election in Massachusetts to replace the late Senator Edward Kennedy
(D). A Republican state senator, a virtual unknown, trounced
Democrat Martha Coakley, the state attorney general. As many have
written, Scott Brown came out of nowhere to out-campaign, out-charm,
and out-wit a staunchly pro-abortion candidate who was supported,
endorsed, and funded by EMILY’s List which supports only the most
pro-abortion female Democratic candidates.
In more recent days, what is becoming a
monumental election season is now seeing pro-abortion incumbents
pulling out of what once were thought to be very safe re-election
races. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) has opted out of a re-election
run. Prior to that Senator Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) said he would not seek
a sixth term. And, as mentioned, Sen. Bayh has announced he will not
seek a third term.
Reading stories and blog posts and
public opinion polling data—all this and more—suggests we are just
at the beginning of more good news for the Movement. As pro-lifers
we know the importance of elections, and we must stay focused,
informed, and educated on our candidates.
Several incumbent pro-abortion members
of the House of Representatives and the Senate are in trouble. Polls
are showing them lagging behind pro-life opponents in their states.
We also have competitive open seats.
If we stay the course, if we continue to
work and organize to be ready, this fall will truly bring monumental
change to D.C. and our nation. A monument may not be erected after
this year’s mid-term elections are over, but the history books must
show that we did our part.