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Republicans can’t avoid admitting they’re liars while they’re spinning new lies.

Today’s example, Sen. Hedge Fund Vance.

Hedge Fund was on Jake Tapper’s show, spewing out another attempt at post hoc, post-Dobbs damage control.

“I also think we have to win the trust back of the American people, and one of the ways to do that is to be the truly pro-family party,” Vance told Tapper during a discussion about abortion.

All those years the GOP claimed to be the party of family values? So long as the family and the values matched theirs, exactly?

In one sentence Hedge Fund acknowledged that people don’t trust Republicans, confirmed that Republicans have been lying to them for decades, and claimed that this time when they talk about family values, it will be for reals. ;-)

I found a longer version of that quote, and of course it is worse. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/jd-vance-accept-voters-dont-want-blanket-bans#google_vignette (Link not buried to prevent unintended visits to the Washington Examiner.)

“We’ve made it way too hard to have children and to have families in this country in that environment, if people see Republicans not as the party that’s trying to make it easier to have babies but is just trying to take people’s rights away, then we’re going to lose,” Vance said. “I want to protect as many unborn babies as possible, I also think we have to win the trust back of the American people, and one of the ways to do that is to be the truly pro-family party, and I think we are, but we got to carry that message forward and actually enact some public policy to that effect.”

What do you mean, “If people see” your party that way, mayo-man? You have been seent, as the kids say.

The rest of the statement will convince people who want an acceptable excuse for being anti-abortion when an out-of-context factoid about French law doesn’t work.

And no one else.

Vance’s can feign concern about “unborn babies” and push a narrative of good people resorting to abortion because they’re poor act until the Appalachians crumble. No one cares. The valid reasons for a person to have an abortion are:

  1. They’re pregnant and don’t want to be.
  2. See #1.

And the right wing certainly doesn’t give a shit why someone might seek an abortion. They just don’t want anyone to have one at all for any reason.

But say they do play along with the pretense that it is about money, and that they care. Even the most generous of benefit packages can’t make up for forcing someone to carry a pregnancy to term. Plus, we know the benefits Republicans might propose would be anything but.

Vance’s faux concern about the poor folks is just one more measuring stick that conservatives will use to beat poor people before they announce no one is really that poor, but some people are lazy and need to work. Fox will re-run its perennial If people are poor how come refrigerators checkmate libs! piece. Down-sewer outlets will polish off their I saw someone using a smartphone while they purchased lobster tails with food stamps! articles. The Washington Post will run an op-ed bewailing the fact that Democrats who have jobs won’t mate with Republicans who think work is too woke.

No one will be poor enough to qualify for whatever pro-family bullshit benefit Republicans might propose but will never pass. But it will give conservatives the opportunity to paint anyone who balks at the opportunity to be pregnant as a sinner and a traitor who wants to destroy America. American needs those babies so they can build the robots that will replace you proles. So Make America Gestate Again, ladies.

It’s also worth noting that Vance has objected to a universal childcare benefit because it “is class war against normal people” and “terrible for children.” So whatever help he has in mind definitely won’t include help that many families actually need.

People who post off-topic comments have all the charm and appeal of Vance’s beard.

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