I drew this quote from msnbc.com: "Republican Newt Gingrich told a Georgia audience on Friday evening that the 2012 presidential election is the most consequential since the 1860 race that elected Abraham Lincoln to the White House and was soon followed by the Civil War.
"Addressing the Georgia Republican Party's convention, Gingrich said the nation is at a crossroads and that the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama would lead to four more years of 'radical left-wing values' that would drive the nation to ruin."
What struck me as ironic about this comment is that Gingrich is comparing this race with the Lincoln race, and he's doing so in Georgia. I don't think he intended the overtones this comment brings with it in context. The context might lead one to conclude that Gingrich thinks that the 1860 race went the wrong way. After all, Lincoln advocated the authority of the federal government over the rights of individual states like Georgia, and Georgia opposed Lincoln. Furthermore, Gingrich stands for a substantial reversal of the trajectory the Lincoln administration solidified with regard to federalism.
The current Republican party has ironically done a 180 flip since Lincoln and become the party of states' rights over the authority of the federal government. It is no wonder it is strongest in the south. I strongly suspect that a fascinating side effect of the movement to elect Presidents who appoint judges who might overturn Roe-v-Wade is that we have found ourselves voting for an anti-civil rights, states' rights agenda.
P.S. Indiana just passed the toughest anti-abortion law since Roe vs. Wade--no abortions after the 20th week. And it had nothing to do with the Supreme Court.