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Aug. 18, 2022, 9:46 a.m. EDT

Republicans need a new standard-bearer

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By Peter Morici

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Articulating such a policy ballet is beyond the capacity of conservatives and congressional Republicans that see tax cuts and deregulation as the answers to virtually all problems the way a four-year-old does a hammer to a nail.

The  Supreme Court has made abortion the big social issue of the day . Homelessness and crime in big cities and woke teachers’ unions and school boards altering public-school standards and curriculum are fundamentally local issues. Those won’t be solved without giving doctrinaire progressives the boot in liberal states and cities.

Post-Roe chaos

Abortion policy will sort chaotically and leave the poorest women in rural locations with the fewest choices.

Liberal states will have laws that are too promiscuous—some  permitting abortions  in the  third trimester . Conservative states will prohibit abortion altogether, save incest, rape and threats to the health of the mother, or to none after six weeks.

Local bans will inspire illicit medical abortions with drugs moving across state lines, and pro-abortion groups and businesses financing women to travel from places like Utah to California.

The radical left and mainstream media did a good job of scaring women that repealing Roe would be the end of most of their rights—look outside, it isn’t so.

One thing hasn’t changed over the last five decades— about 50% of registered voters polled by Gallop  consistently say abortion should be legal but only under certain circumstances—significantly more than those who would prohibit abortion or permit it unregulated.

The sane compromise would be a federal law setting the limit at about  15 weeks , but that would face tough opposition from the hard left in the Democratic Party and hard right among Republicans. 

Pragmatic middle ground

Republicans need a national leader to step forward to articulate pragmatic solutions and win over public opinion by campaigning for the presidency with specific ideas that occupy the middle ground.

President Trump could manage to get nominated but the  revelations of the Jan. 6 Committee make it  unlikely he could be elected . He could hardly be expected to provide the diplomacy in Europe necessary to unite NATO and resolve the crisis in Ukraine or solve great social issues.

It’s high time for  Govs. Kristi Noem and Ron DeSantis, former Gov Nikki Haley , Sen. Mitt Romney and several other qualified Republicans to challenge Donald Trump—and for the nation to embrace a new age of tolerance and compromise.

<STRONG>Peter Morici is an economist and emeritus business professor at the University of Maryland, and a national columnist.</STRONG>

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