Yokelism Still Going Strong in the Pro-Life Movement

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NRO’s Kevin Williamson reports from the floor of the Republican National Convention:

The name “Akin” is a byword for disgust and anger, nowhere more than among pro-lifers, who have been fighting a 30-year campaign against both the perception of yokelism in the ranks and yokelism itself. There is no getting around the fact that Akin has set back both Republican Senate prospects and, more important, the pro-life movement itself.

I imagine that the “perception of yokelism” is just a product of the liberal media. We all know how they can be, don’t we? But Williamson also tells us that actual yokelism has been a serious problem for the pro-life movement for the past three decades. Fascinating! I’m glad we got that cleared up. I imagine that fighting the perception of yokelism is hard when actual yokelism stubbornly remains the core of your movement.

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