Before the GOP had pulled the bill Washington Post’s Dana Milbank argued that Republicans were needlessly reviving the culture wars, pulling a bait and switch on the electorate– because abortion is not a high priority for voters and it was “rarely” campaigned on as in issue during the midterms.

Now, I can’t find a corresponding piece from Milbank griping about the Left’s obsession with climate change, an issue that is also consistently one of the lowest priorities among voters, but I’m sure it’s exists somewhere. What’s truly absurd, though, is the idea that the GOP is alone responsible for any “revival of the culture wars.” The culture war never ended. Some of you probably remember the Democrats’ gynecocentric campaign to paint every GOP candidates as a misogynist.

A big part of that attack was focused on abortion. It stopped working. So someone needs to inform House Republicans of this. Because the most mystifying aspect of the GOP’s retreat on the 20-week ban is that the 20-week ban is not new. Most of these same Republicans voted on the same legislation before the midterm elections, including some of the same representatives that reportedly withdrew their support for the bill. Nearly every GOP candidate running in the midterms publicly backed the idea, even in high-profile races where Democrats made abortion the central issue of their campaign.