In the constant internal GOP tug-of-war between "tone it down to appeal to sane voters" and "ramp it up for the wingnut base", guess which side is winning?
The Republican-led House on Tuesday sought to shore up their support from conservatives with a vote on one of the most far-reaching anti-abortion bills in years.
The measure to restrict abortions to the first 20 weeks after conception will be ignored by the Democratic-controlled Senate but not necessarily by voters in next year's GOP primaries. Supporters see it as an opportunity to make inroads against legalized abortion while Democratic opponents portrayed it as yet another instance of what they call the GOP's war on women.
The legislation, heading for near-certain passage in the House, contravenes the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortions and invites court challenges that could eventually force the Supreme Court to reconsider that decision.
It's doubtful that the Senate will take up the bill, but if it does, it certainly won't pass. And if, by some miracle, it passes the Senate, Obama won't sign it. In other words, this is posturing by the GOP in the House, all of whom know that the law will never come into effect. It is grandstanding for the base.
Fortunately, their misogyny can easily be turned against them in the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections.