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At CPAC, Anti-Choice Groups Declare 'Abortion-Centered Feminism Is Dead'

An anti-abortion panel at CPAC this afternoon was clearly gunning for a spot on the main stage next year. Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, and Darla St. Martin, co-executive director of the National Right to Life Committee, made the case that their movement is winning and that they can fill a room with activists.

Dannenfelser started the discussion by declaring that "abortion-centered feminism is dead."

The three credited their carefully formulated, incremental strategy that has brought them a slew of state-level victories cutting back on abortion access and pushing narrowly-tailored abortion bans meant to push back on Roe v. Wade in the courts while winning public opinion to their side.

Dannenfelser put her hope in so called "pain-capable" abortion bans which, based on questionable science, ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a calculated attack on Roe. Since Nebraska passed such a ban in 2010, 11 other states have followed suit. The House postponed a vote on a national version of the ban after Republican women and moderates protested language in a rape exception. (SBA List had reportedly worked to insert the problematic reporting requirement language into the bill's rape exception.)

Dannenfelser, acknowledging that the 2007 "partial-birth" abortion ban barred a specific procedure rather than curtailing any actual abortions, said that the national passage of a 20-week ban would be "the most important moment in the pro-life movement since 1973."

Yoest focused on her group's strategy of regulating abortion providers out of existence, pointing to Texas's harsh anti-choice law, which could close nearly half the abortion providers in the state, as a success story. Yoest framed it differently: "The reason clinics are closing is because they refuse to provide decent services to women."

All three groups — in contrast to the all-or-nothing "personhood" movement — sing the praises of incremental victories. St. Martin, in a barely veiled dig at the personhood movement, repeatedly said​ that "the perfect is the enemy of the good." Yoest used a football analogy to describe her group's strategy in advancing "yard by yard by yard" to the total criminalization of abortion.

"Be encouraged, guys, we are making progress," she said. "We are marching down the field."

Right Wing Round-Up - 2/27/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 2/27/15

  • Scott Lively continues to praise Russia's anti-gay crackdown: "The Russian anti-propaganda law, passed June 11, 2013, was the first truly effective international counter-measure since the 'gay' agenda went global around the turn of the millennium."
  • Todd Akin says that he may be running for office again in 2016.
  • FRC prays against "sexual sin":"May God raise up pastors, intercessors and whole churches whose 'hands have learned to war and their fingers to fight' with prayer. May they wisely stand to correct morally out-of-control government! May our churches not compromise, but correct our nation and avoid the wrath of God!"
  • Tony Perkins is outraged over Chelsea Manning's transition.
  • In December, God told Jennifer LeClaire that "our labor in the Spirit over the next 18 months will determine the course of this nation."
  • Finally, Cindy Jacobs claims to have prophesied Warren Sapp's arrest: "On the Sunday before the Super Bowl, when I was preaching at a church near the stadium, I prophesied a major sting operation was going to take place and we would be surprised who was arrested. Not only did this happen, but the surprise arrest was none other than Warren Sapp, a prominent sports announcer."

Paranoia-Rama: Right-Wing's Net Neutrality Meltdown

Conservative pundits are downright furious about the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to preserve net neutrality, ensuring that internet service providers treat all data equally. But their anger seems driven more by reflexive hostility to any proposal that President Obama supports rather than an understanding of the principle behind net neutrality.

Fischer: Pro-Gay Republicans Pushing GOP 'Backwards Into The Darkness' Of Sodom And Gomorrah

Bryan Fischer spent a segment of his radio program today reading from a recent McKay Coppins piece on BuzzFeed about the fact that likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who opposes same-sex marriage rights, has surrounded himself with potential advisers and campaign staffers who openly support marriage equality.

That, of course, is not sitting well with Fischer, who declared that contrary to claims that these GOP activists are trying to pull the Republican Party into the 21st century, what they are really doing is pushing the party back into the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

"If they're dragging the Republican Party into any century," Fischer said, "it would be the 20th century B.C., that's roughly the time of Sodom and Gomorrah ... They're not pulling them forward, they're talking the Republican Party backward into the darkness of the past":

Dave Daubenmire Upset By Katy Perry's 'Satanic' And 'Clearly Demonic' Super Bowl Performance

Like Linda Harvey, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire is very upset about Katy Perry's "satanic" Super Bowl halftime performance.

"It was really a satanic performance that was put on," he said. "I don't know if you know it or not, the deviousness of that whole things, folks. Now they had those little dancing sharks out there, now Katy Perry is appealing to the younger generation ... The deviousness of the NFL and whoever controls the NFL to put Katy Perry on there with that clearly demonic halftime show, wow, we live in unbelievable times":

Phil Robertson Preaches To CPAC: STDs Are 'The Revenge Of The Hippies'

For some reason, organizer's of this year's CPAC conference decided to bestow a First Amendment award upon "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson, apparently for no other reason than because he came under intense criticism for a series of offensive comments that he made about gays and African Americans and for which he refused to apologize.

Going well beyond his allotted time, Robertson treated the audience at CPAC to a rambling sermon about America's desperate need for God, which he illustrated in a variety of ways including, at one point, by railing about STDs.

"One hundred and ten million Americans now have a sexually transmitted illness," Robertson sighed. "There is a penalty to be paid for what the beatniks, who morphed into the hippies [did]. You say what do you call the hundred and ten million people who have sexually transmitted illnesses? It's the revenge of the hippies! Sex drugs and rock and roll have come back to haunt us."

The solution, of course, is one man and one woman marriage, Robertson said, as he thundered that the reason he is telling people this is "because I'm trying to help you, for crying out loud, America!"

David Benham: Charlotte Nondiscrimination Ordinance 'So Depraved,' 'Absolutely Craziness'

David and Jason Benham stopped by the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville yesterday, where they told FRC President Tony Perkins about their work to defeat a proposed LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte, North Carolina, which David Benham called “so depraved and just absolutely craziness.”

Jason Benham kicked things off by describing how the Devil had worked through the separation of church and state to “remove our God” from society.

“And when God is removed, chaos is the only thing that’s going to fill the void, and when chaos happens people are going to cry for order, and when people cry for order but they’re not willing to turn to God, who are they going to turn to? The government. And the government is the one then that defines your rights, and if they give your rights they can surely take them away. You have to remove God first,” he explained. 

“We are about to fight in Charlotte this transgender bathroom ordinance,” David Benham chimed in. “It’s so depraved and just absolutely craziness that I look back and I see that pattern.”

“It’s taken the form of nondiscrimination,” he continued. “That’s just simply the fourth point of the radical gay agenda’s plan to change America. The fourth point is ‘do not request direct support for our lifestyle, but rather assume nondiscrimination as our support.’ This is a disguise. And it’s not because of LGBT people, it’s because of this radical agenda.”

Rick Santorum Birther Joke At CPAC Falls Flat

Rick Santorum worked a few jokes into his CPAC speech today, deriding President Obama as the “weatherman-in-chief” for believing in climate science and even making a birther joke, which was met with tepid applause.

“The Obama-Clinton foreign policy team” has been “disastrous,” Santorum said. “In fact the president’s popularity is so bad around the world today that I heard this report from a source that the Kenyan government is actually developing proof that Barack Obama was actually born in America.”

How President Trump Will Defeat ISIS: 'Hit Them So Hard And So Fast That They Wouldn't Know What Happened'

Nothing better exemplifies the state of today's Republican Party than the fact that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus's speech at CPAC today was immediately followed by a speech from reality TV star Donald Trump, who shared his deeply thought-out plans for saving America when he is elected president.

In addition to "taking back jobs from China" and "making America rich again," Trump revealed his very serious solution for dealing with ISIS: "Hit them so hard and so fast that they wouldn't know what happened."

"Nobody, if I decide to run and win," said Trump, "nobody would be tougher [on ISIS] than Donald Trump. Nobody."

Trump said he would find some amazing general in the military and put them in charge with instructions that "you gotta hit 'em hard, you gotta hit 'em firm and you can't play games. You gotta go hard and fast and firm":