"It's kind of fading as an issue. It really is."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said this of the abortion issue during an interview with the Washington Post. But she didn't mean it the way it sounds out of context. What she meant is that all disagreement between Democrats on abortion is pretty much gone.
Her comments come as a subtle criticism of DNC Chairman Tom Perez, who recently declared that candidates who oppose abortion are not welcome in and won't get help from the Democratic Party.
Pelosi was arguing that there's no need to kick out pro-life — people like members of her own family — because abortion is rapidly becoming the common unifying issue of the Democratic Party. The last pro-life holdouts are either disappearing, experiencing politically convenient conversions on the issue in order to advance within the party, or else defecting to the GOP.
But Pelosi added that abortion, as an issue, remains as hot and contentious as ever, and (mostly in the form of the Supreme Court issue) probably determined the outcome of the 2016 election by compelling voters on the Right with reservations about Donald Trump to come home and vote for him anyway.
"It's not fading in the hearts and minds of the people who are that way," Pelosi said. "That's why — you know what? That's why Donald Trump is President of the United States. Evangelicals and the Catholics. You know what? Anti-marriage equality, anti-choice. That's how he got to be president."
The Post's coverage of their interview with Pelosi was posted last night right here.