Despite verbal posturing to the contrary, the GOP has not waged a spirited fight to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood. And, they’re unlikely to do so in the future.
Past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. And, despite the requisite promises that will come this silly season as GOP candidates argue that Republicans need to regain the White House in order to fulfill promises made in 2010 and in 2014, millions will not believe the unfulfilled promises for a third time. That dog won’t hunt.
We, who have waited in vain for an assertive GOP to surface, are kin to Vladimir and Estragon, who pined for the arrival of Godot in Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot.
Godot didn’t come, and neither will a genuine GOP initiative to defund Planned Parenthood.
This leads some conservatives to ask, “Why not? Haven’t party elites been sufficiently moved to act in response to the horrific harvesting videos released by the Center for Medical Progress?”
The answer is: No. There is not, and never was, a serious GOP intent to strip Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars, because party leaders will not invest the political capital necessary to attempt it.