Oops, that was John Barrasso running for U.S. Senate in 1996, not now. Silly me!
Actually, Sen. John Barrasso, (R-Wyo.) said he doesn’t support abortion in cases of rape or incest at tonight’s PBS debate. That would be the 2012 version, not the moderate seeking to replace former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson.
So, let’s do the time warp again!
"In 1996, he ran for the U.S. Senate when Republican Alan Simpson retired. He faced then-state Sen. Mike Enzi in a crowded GOP primary where the abortion issue played a key role. Running as a moderate, Barrasso favored abortion rights and had opposed a 1994 constitutional amendment to ban most abortions." – The National Journal on Barrasso’s first run for U.S. Senate
"Barrasso ‘believes the GOP has room for everyone "under the tent," and has described abortion as ‘a personal and a family decision, not a government one.’" — Gillette News Record, June 18th, 1996
"In Wyoming, usually a very Republican state in Federal elections, the Republicans have been feuding, with the religious right and the more traditional factions at each other’s throats. The retiring Senator [Alan] Simpson belongs to the latter group, the one that thinks government has no more business regulating abortion than controlling guns. Mr. Enzi made his opposition to abortion a central theme in eking out a primary victory on Tuesday over John Barrasso, an abortion rights supporter." — The New York Times, August 24, 1996
"On the controversial issue of abortion, Barrasso said he doesn’t believe in telling physicians what to do, and that he believes that abortion should be a decision between a woman and her doctor. He contributed to a political action committee in 1994 that opposed a constitutional amendment to ban most abortions." — New West on Barrasso, June 22, 2007, after his appointment to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D)
And here’s what happens when the big tent collapses:
It’s almost tragic how quickly a political opportunist can fall in line once the big tent he championed collapses. Perhaps he needs a visit from The Avenging Uterus: