Will the Dem convention be Abortion-palooza?

posted at 12:41 pm on August 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

With the recent face-plant of Todd Akin in Missouri, Democrats think they have hit on a winning theme for their convention in Charlotte.  Agenda changes show that Democrats will make Akin the poster boy of the GOP and focus the three-day affair on abortion and contraception policy, Paul Bedard reports:

Just as the Akin crisis was reaching a crescendo, the Democrats on Wednesday announced that three starlets of the pro-choice movement will be featured at the convention, an event that will now drive the liberal charge that the Republicans are anti-women.

Democrats said that they will feature Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parent Action Fund, Nancy Keenan, president of the NARAL Pro-Choice America and Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University student whose plea for federal birth control funding drew the ire–and a subsequent apology–from Rush Limbaugh.

What’s more, the Democrats are expanding their list of women ready to assail the GOP on women’s issue, adding Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and actress Eva Longoria to the list that already includes Sen. John Kerry and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

What a great idea!  After all, the issue of abortion and contraception doesn’t even appear on the radar screen for voters in this cycle, as polls from Gallup and the CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac partnership attest.  Jennifer Rubin has a few suggestions for Democrats as to how to stage their Abortion-palooza:

The Democrats, reports suggest, are going to focus their convention in Charlotte, N.C. ( a right-to-work state that voted to ban gay marriage), on Todd Akin, to a surprisingly large extent. This will be quite amusing when he eventually drops out. But at least we know they are attuned to abortion, an issue that registers at less than 1 percent in Gallup’s poll asking about voters’ most important issues.

It’s not clear if they will have a single abortion night or multiple nights on the subject. Maybe they could call their three convention nights “trimesters,” and on the last of these extol their devotion to late-term and partial-birth abortions. President Obama has spoken eloquently on the topic.

It is, I think, appropriate to devote this much focus to abortion since there is no issue closer to the soul of the Democratic Party than the right to abort a baby for any reason at any time. No candidate for high office in the Democratic Party can say otherwise and expect to have a national presence. I mean when the media talk about an issue for days and days, it’s got to be important.

Be sure to include abortion in that third “trimester,” just as Barack Obama supports it in real life.

With this in mind, let’s turn to what Republicans need to do next week in order to win the convention battle.  In my column today at The Fiscal Times, I outline four keys for the GOP — and the biggest key is message discipline:

If there was any benefit to the Todd Akin fiasco in Missouri this week, it comes as a reminder to insist on message discipline in Tampa, Florida.  The issues that voters care most about in poll after poll this cycle are the economy, job creation, and federal budget deficits that will once again exceed a trillion dollars for the fourth year in a row. Providentially, the Republican ticket has an enormous level of credibility on these issues, with Mitt Romney’s long track record of private-sector success and Paul Ryan’s record of offering specific budgetary reform.

Republicans have an opportunity to speak directly to voters on these issues, which will also highlight how the Obama campaign has avoided addressing them at all.  That means that Romney and Ryan will need to be specific enough to emphasize that they have a plan to fix the economy, without getting into a 59-point presentation.  Concepts and principles should dominate their presentations.

At the same time, organizers should insist that speakers support the focus on economics and budgetary issues.  If the convention speakers begin drifting away from these core issues, especially on social issues after the controversy over Akin’s remarks, it plays directly into the distraction strategy of Democrats — and will have the media talking about nothing else.

This could set up a clear contrast between Romney and Obama, and Republicans and Democrats.  Romney and the Republicans will talk about issues that concern voters most, offer clear alternatives to the failed policies of the Obama administration, and thereby convince undecided voters that Romney is a serious candidate.  If the GOP convention can do that, it will make the Democratic Abortion-palooza not only look much more petty, but also make it clear that Obama and the Democrats are intellectually bankrupt on the key issues of this electoral cycle.

Update: Changed the front-page pic after a couple of reader complaints.  I wanted to emphasize that I also discuss Romney and the GOP convention in the post, but I think the complaints are justified.


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…Fluke and BJ Clinton on the same podium at the same convention in the same hotel you think?…is she going to wear a blue dress?

KOOLAID2 on August 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM

As Rush has called it, the party of Death and Taxes.

theCork on August 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Wow. It’s already on Youtube Rush: Democrats ‘Officially The Party Of Death And Taxes’

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

misandry writ large. Akins is one man. To tar and feather all men is misandry. Thanks for supporting their position.

chemman on August 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Yep. That Bill Clinton thing is a perfect example of not understanding the rules. I think Bill Clinton is okay because his wife didn’t divorce him over it, so it must have been okay with her… or something.

I am not a feminst myself and they dont’ make complete sense to me either… but I do know that you are all thinking we are arguing over abortion and that is not what the Democrats are basing their convention on.

It is that women are raped and some men think they want it.

And since up to 1/3 of women will have sex forced on them at some point in their lives… that resonates with a lot of women. And that will make a woman never even consider the economy or anything else. It is a personal attack on that which is most important.

Akin is completely wrong. And defending him is not going to win any points for pro-life views. It is defending rapists.

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

” NO ONE is defending rape not even Akin.”

Defending it? Maybe not. but he is dismissing it. He basically said, that if you are pregnant, then you weren’t really raped. It’s a variation on “she was asking for it.”

NoVAHockey on August 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

No, I went to a Women’s college. I know the basics of feminist talk and how they trick women into believing all kinds of things.

And it just takes one man living up to their predictions of stereotypical male thinking and they can justify everything else.

Repudiate Akin. Not because of abortion, but because he thinks women want to be raped. He said so.

The arguement is not dead babies. It is raped women.

They can win the arguement because we don’t even know what the rules to the arguement are.

It is sophisticated. If it wasn’t, no one would be fooled.

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Petunia, I understand what you’re saying, and I had to laugh when you said that you went to a “Women’s college” and, therefore, know all-too-well what the pagans are capable of -

BUT! … sophisticated messages to the Commie masses are oxymoronic. The “Women’s college” crowd is far smaller than the much larger and targeted crowd of Commie morons, who only want to be taken care of, and who only want to have a good time and abort their inconvenient “parasites,” on the tax payer dime.

The message will be about women-hating Republicans, and how they want to get in the way of abortion and a good time.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Okay, keep thinking you are defending the right to life. But you aren’t. Not if you think Akin has a place in our political system.

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

And I am thinking that the Hurricane maybe postponing the RNC is actually a good thing because it will be like a breath of fresh air to the country to have Romney, Ryan etc talk about the economy, restoring America after a DNC convention of death and taxes.

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Mary Matalin in a quote played by Rush -
“Women are used to men saying dumb things.”
This from Snakeheads wife ! Funny.

BTW. Not making light of what Akin said. Dumb, wrong, ignorant.

Jabberwock on August 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

…At it’s core, what Akin said is: women who get pregnant from rape wanted to be raped. …

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

You absolute moron. You could not be more mistaken or dishonest.
Akin (and his cohorts) believe that the fetus / child is innocent and should be carried to term, regardless of the nature of its genesis. THeir opposition, the platform for his remarks, was about abortion not rape.

rayra on August 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

And since up to 1/3 of women will have sex forced on them at some point in their lives… that resonates with a lot of women. And that will make a woman never even consider the economy or anything else. It is a personal attack on that which is most important.

Akin is completely wrong. And defending him is not going to win any points for pro-life views. It is defending rapists.

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Wheels turnin but the hamster is dead. I say this as a “legitimate” rape survivor.

melle1228 on August 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Okay, keep thinking you are defending the right to life. But you aren’t. Not if you think Akin has a place in our political system.

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Darlin’, we’ll call you if we need your help.

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

And why the heck do we care what the Dem’s convention will be about, or if it’s going to be an abortion palooza or not, especially when we have an idiot like akin running who give them enough fodder to make their convention about that….it’s their convention to make what they want of it…..on top, they will also make it about ”the Republican front ticket and all the Republicans’ positions being undistinguishable from crazy akin’s’ or something…..thanks, again, akin! Or, in translation, go to heck already!!

jimver on August 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

When asked by a reporter about a social issue, the response from Republicans should be: “Lets talk about a more substantive issue, like why are there a half million fewer jobs today than in 1999″

If Akin had done that, he would still be a viable candidate.

Reporters can ask questions, they don’t have to be answered.

RobBert on August 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I can see the Democrat convention finale now. Obama appears on stage with the Code Pink ladies dressed up in their pink vagina costumes. Instead of balloons – condoms fall from the ceiling.

TarheelBen on August 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

The Wiscy Dems are on the verge of a full-blown freakout because they know they’re screwed, thanks to Walker’s reforms working and the redistricting of legislature and senate seats.

The pissing matches with that legislator and the senator who ended up leaving their caucus are just symptoms of their bigger problems.

teke184 on August 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Tim Cullen did return to their fold after he got a chairmanship. Did I mention he won’t have that chairmanship for much longer?

Steve Eggleston on August 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I just know that Republicans are talking abortion and Democrats are talking rape.

Akin gave them an issue that they are right about.

You are making a good agruement on a righteous cause. But your audience is hearing something else entirely.

If the arguement was about Akin’s view on abortion there would not be all this fuss.

Democrats are making it about rape and some men’s attitudes about rape.

Akin’s view on abortion hardly caused a problem last week. What is different now? Rape.

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

This is surreal. If these guys win, we deserve to fail.

forest on August 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

What’s more, the Democrats are expanding their list of women ready to assail the GOP on women’s issue, adding Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski…

Unfortunately Mikulski is one of my senators. I met her once and came away not sure she actually is a wymynz. In fact I’m not entirely convinced she’s human.

Trafalgar on August 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

What is their 2012 slogan “A good future Democrat is a dead Democrat?”

Let them be.

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM

When asked by a reporter about a social issue, the response from Republicans should be: “Lets talk about a more substantive issue, like why are there a half million fewer jobs today than in 1999


Bush did it. That would be too easy of a set-up. I would not take this approach.

weaselyone on August 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I just know that Republicans are talking abortion and Democrats are talking rape.

Akin gave them an issue that they are right about.

You are making a good agruement on a righteous cause. But your audience is hearing something else entirely.

If the arguement was about Akin’s view on abortion there would not be all this fuss.

Democrats are making it about rape and some men’s attitudes about rape.

Akin’s view on abortion hardly caused a problem last week. What is different now? Rape.

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

That may be true, but any idiot that thinks that “Republicans” support rape were never going to vote Republican anyways, capice?

Democrats are ALWAYS going to try to change the conversation from one they need to have, because their positions are not winners.

melle1228 on August 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

dhimmicRATs party of death

davidk on August 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I’d like to think the next jobs reports will turn things around but they’ll find another distraction, a shooting or something, those are easy to find for some reason.

I’m sure dividing the country has nothing to do with it.

Wagthatdog on August 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Actually, the Republican convention has some seriously “legitimate” problems of its own.

Akin’s platform is the GOP’s platform.

bifidis on August 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Barack Hussein Obama.
Head of the DEATHOCRAT Party.

Bringing DEATHOCRAT magic to:

The Unborn in the womb,Seniors with Death Panels
….and the American Economy with Regulations and Mandates and higher taxes.

PappyD61 on August 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I wonder if it’s ever occurred to the Democrats that they are just killing future Democrats?.

COgirl on August 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

bifidis on August 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Most blacks hate gay marriage.

Both platforms are ignored. Your tiny head can’t comprehend this.

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

That may be true, but any idiot that thinks that “Republicans” support rape were never going to vote Republican anyways, capice?

Democrats are ALWAYS going to try to change the conversation from one they need to have, because their positions are not winners.

melle1228 on August 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Exactly, and exactly, and a few more exactly’s for your earlier comments, many of which needed an exactly. But I was trying to ignore. :)

Axe on August 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Doesn’t this sound like the Democrats’ version of the GOP Houston convention in 1992?

LFRGary on August 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

We will kill 80K children in NYC alone…..and we’d like to do more.

Vote for us women! See us standing here atop this mountain of corpses! Vote for us!!

/Captain Uterus

ted c on August 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I wonder if it’s ever occurred to the Democrats that they are just killing future Democrats?.

COgirl on August 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

true, but the ones that they don’t birth, they import from Mexico, or just recruit from Public Skoo.

/sources

ted c on August 23, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Exactly, and exactly, and a few more exactly’s for your earlier comments, many of which needed an exactly. But I was trying to ignore. :)

Axe on August 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I couldn’t let it go. Petunia’s contention that someone is supporting rape is idiocy. Not to mention the fact that she thinks that Democrats have some moral superiority on rape victims and women in general.

melle1228 on August 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

The Democrats should perform a partial birth abortion live on TV in prime time…

… What are they afraid of?

Seven Percent Solution on August 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Tricky dick Morris said that akin is a gift for the GOP, because the dems re going to try to talk abortion while r and r are going to talk what matters. Guys relax it’s going to be a 44 state win, and we will have still 52 senate seats

Conservative4ev on August 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Or they should follow Sandra Fluke’s lead and put Obamacare-funded sex change operations in the party platform:
http://wannabeanglican.blogspot.com/2012/08/guess-for-what-else-sandra-fluke-thinks.html

WannabeAnglican on August 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I wonder if it’s ever occurred to the Democrats that they are just killing future Democrats?.

COgirl on August 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Shhhh

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Why aren’t the Dems going to spend 3 days trumpeting their gay marriage stance?
Because that only hurts them within the swing demographic. Yes, if you run a full analysis of the persuadable demographics, you see that gay marriage HELPS us, but… abortion hurts us… within the swing demographic. Now, maybe spending 3 days on it is too much, but I guess the Dems don’t have much else to talk about. So let them go overboard, and it’ll backfire as it will be an indication that they are bereft of anything else.
And we should go ahead and ask them why they are not making a lot of noise about gay marriage also, and ask them where are their SF leather clad pals kissing and lovin’ at the Dem convention? No where to be seen…

Lets have the Dems present 3 days of the gay militants getting up and bloviating and kissing away, and it would be a Republican landslide the likes of which has never been seen.

That’s why I have tried to make the case that it will benefit us hugely to raise the profile of the gay issue. We have been misled by the “homophobe” taunters on this issue. We want to lower the profile on abortion, though. Big sigh from me on the Akin debacle.

anotherJoe on August 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I went over and read Jennifer Rubin’s post and the liberals at the WaPo are slapping her around in the comments. Those people are mean. Not only are they mean..they do not like to hear the truth.

Terrye on August 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

, but the ones that they don’t birth, they import from Mexico, or just recruit from Public Skoo.

Heck, they import them from every third world nation on Earth. Mexico is just lucky enough to be right next door with easy access, so we’re just considered Mexico del Norte – border to border, coast to coast.

hawkeye54 on August 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

This is a very good post, Ed, but Jennifer topped you.

burt on August 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

That might backfire for the Dems, but it might work… thanks to our unparalleled idiocy, just the day before yesterday I hear, the establishment Republican plank writers, er plank walkers, this AFTER the Akin affair was page 1 news for days on running, in their infinite wisdom, decided to make it front and center in the plank that Repubs want to prohibit abortion even in cases of rape and incest. We are kidding, right? No.
Never again include in the Repub plank that we are against abortion even in cases of rape and incest. That’s barbaric. Only a small minority of Repubs approve this extreme view, and ~ 80% of the wider electorate oppose this inane view. It will certainly look like somebody in cahoots with Akin has hijacked our party. Not good.
anotherJoe on August 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

We do it because it is the right thing to do, sir. We do it because it is the only principled life position to take. There is no ontological difference between a baby conceived in the violence of rape and any other baby. Yes these are hard cases; but what is a principle worth if you abandon it when it’s especially hard?

This has been the Republican position for 32 years. Somehow, we still win elections.

The_Jacobite on August 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I agree with the Democrats on the abortion issue, but to highlight abortion this year is out of touch with the objective need of this country for a functioning economy now and in the future. Of course, they can’t really talk about the economy.

The Democrats best hope is an outbreak of birtherism at the GOP convention. Trump worries me.

thuja on August 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

The arguement is not dead babies. It is raped women.

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I can’t wait for the rape argument.

NRSC Ad Recounts Franken “rape Jokes, Porn”

‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.‘ Or ‘That’s why you never see Lesley until February.’ Or, ‘When she passes out I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.”

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

“Save the planet for women–abort a tiny one today?”

Don L on August 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Jeffrey Lord brings this up over at TAS:

“…interesting October 2006 appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press when then-host Tim Russert had this exchange with McCaskill:

MR. RUSSERT: You’re having Bill Clinton come in to raise money for you. Do you think Bill Clinton was a great president?

MS. McCASKILL: I do. I think — I have a lot of problems with some of his, his, his personal issues. I said at…

MR. RUSSERT: But do you…

MS. McCASKILL: I said at the time, “I think he’s been a great leader, but I don’t want my daughter near him.”

So McCaskill didn’t want her daughter near the man Congressman Shays said he believed to have raped Juanita Broaddrick — but she would have that same man come to Missouri and raise money for her?

Yes, that’s exactly what she said.”

Excellent article: http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/23/bill-clinton-and-legitimate-ra

Resist We Much on August 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

. I know the basics of feminist talk and how they trick women into believing all kinds of things.

Trick women? No, they take gullible giels in high school and college and indoctrinate them. Then when they mature, they become part of the silent majority too proud to admit to their foolishness.

Some do make money and/or gain power off of this however and they become the loud mouths that feed the beast.

Vince on August 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I can see the Democrat convention finale now. Obama appears on stage with the Code Pink ladies dressed up in their pink vagina costumes. Instead of balloons – condoms fall from the ceiling.

TarheelBen on August 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

And giant forceps ala the nihilists-with-scissors dream sequence in The Big Lebowski.

ConservativeLA on August 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Will the Dem convention be Abortion-palooza?

If so, it will backfire big time.

farsighted on August 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Can someone PLEASE let the African-American Democrats know that the emphasis on abortion means more black babies are killed than white babies. They really need to research Eugenics. The more minority babies aborted in the name of “women’s reproductive rights”, the happier the white Democrats are.

obsessedinga on August 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

“Selfish Swine”

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

With the recent face-plant of Todd Akin in Missouri, Democrats think they have hit on a winning theme for their convention in Charlotte. Agenda changes show that Democrats will make Akin the poster boy of the GOP and focus the three-day affair on abortion and contraception policy, Paul Bedard reports:

Never interrupt your enemy while he’s making a mistake. The surest way for Obama to lose the election is to run around talking about abortion and contraception while the economy gets worse and worse and we get more and more in debt. Everyone who really cares about their stand on those issues is already voting Democrat.

tom on August 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

The Democrats, reports suggest, are going to focus their convention in Charlotte, N.C. ( a right-to-work state that voted to ban gay marriage), on Todd Akin, to a surprisingly large extent. This will be quite amusing when he eventually drops out

Actually, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Republican leaders to tell Akin to hang in until just before the Democratic convention, and then, once the Dem’s are committed to their Akin bashing abortions-rights-athon, withdraw in favor of a woman, who talks about how the Obama economy has hurt women.

I think that over the years, focusing on issues that appeal to social conservatives has not been helpful to getting small government folks elected. I think the great American middle is tired of arguing about abortion.

The more tone deaf preaching to the choir that the Democrats appear to be doing, the more convinced I am of a a victory for conservatives in the fall. C’mon, these people think that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Joe Biden are effective spokespersons.

rokemronnie on August 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

At it’s core, what Akin said is: women who get pregnant from rape wanted to be raped.

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

The proper response to the Democrats is exactly the same as the proper response to you: Don’t be ridiculous. Akin said nothing of the sort, and Republicans in general believe nothing of the sort.

You would think Akin’s comment would be bad enough that people would quit trying to make up something even worse.

tom on August 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I see souvenir-fetus keychains. Plastic forceps in the cafeteria instead of forks. Lots of shrimp on skewers with cocktail sauce. Party-on proggies!

slickwillie2001 on August 23, 2012 at 4:26 PM

there were approximately 40,000,000 abortions performed in the united states since 1973:
- which means 20,040,000 left a female dead.
- and, due to the fact liberals are 2x as likely as conservatives to have an abortion, it means most likely, 27,000,000 liberals were left dead, since liberal women are much more likely to raise liberal children.

It seems to me that the ‘war on women’ is by people having an abortion, since they’re the ones actually killing women every day.

WashingtonsWake on August 23, 2012 at 4:28 PM

It seems to me that the ‘war on women’ is by people having an abortion, since they’re the ones actually killing women every day.

WashingtonsWake on August 23, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Stop it with the facts already.

Liberals want to kill babies regardless of gender.

BobMbx on August 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

How about we let the baby live, and kill the rapist.

teacherman on August 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

It seems to me that the ‘war on women’ is by people having an abortion, since they’re the ones actually killing women every day.

WashingtonsWake on August 23, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Yep, it’s the most efficent war in history, though my figures are 53 million.

The latest though is preventing birth for the environment. The GOP won’t touch that PC weapon either.

Don L on August 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I think the great American middle is tired of arguing about abortion.

That’s easy when the 53 million slaughtered aren’t invited to the debate.

Don L on August 23, 2012 at 4:48 PM

At it’s core, what Akin said is: women who get pregnant from rape wanted to be raped.

petunia on August 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

The proper response to the Democrats is exactly the same as the proper response to you: Don’t be ridiculous. Akin said nothing of the sort, and Republicans in general believe nothing of the sort.

You would think Akin’s comment would be bad enough that people would quit trying to make up something even worse.

tom on August 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I RARELY ever agree with anything petunia says, but she is correct on this one – by using the term “legitimate rape” and saying that any woman who was “legitimately raped” can somehow prevent pregnancy, the direct inference of Akin’s statement is that women who become pregnant have not been “legitimately raped” regardless of their claims to the contrary – in other words, she wanted it.

It is true that Akin walked that statement back, but the Dems won’t pay any attention to his walk back or apology. They have and will focus on the meaning of “legitimate rape” and argue that Akin is the face of the Repubs. This will likely be their focus and the Repubs ignore this at their (our) peril.

SuzyQAZ on August 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Let’s not forget, Mr. Morrissey endorsed Rick Santorum for president. Santorum, you’ll remember, boasted on Greta van Sustern’s program about his votes to fund Planned Parenthood.

Dante on August 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Camille Paglia, self-described dissident feminist, wrote:

Let’s take the issue of abortion rights, of which I am a firm supporter. As an atheist and libertarian, I believe that government must stay completely out of the sphere of personal choice. Every individual has an absolute right to control his or her body. (Hence I favor the legalization of drugs, though I do not take them.) Nevertheless, I have criticized the way that abortion became the obsessive idée fixe of the post-1960s women’s movement — leading to feminists’ McCarthyite tactics in pitting Anita Hill with her flimsy charges against conservative Clarence Thomas (admittedly not the most qualified candidate possible) during his nomination hearings for the Supreme Court. Similarly, Bill Clinton’s support for abortion rights gave him a free pass among leading feminists for his serial exploitation of women — an abusive pattern that would scream misogyny to any neutral observer.

But the pro-life position, whether or not it is based on religious orthodoxy, is more ethically highly evolved than my own tenet of unconstrained access to abortion on demand. My argument (as in my first book, “Sexual Personae,”) has always been that nature has a master plan pushing every species toward procreation and that it is our right and even obligation as rational human beings to defy nature’s fascism. Nature herself is a mass murderer, making casual, cruel experiments and condemning 10,000 to die so that one more fit will live and thrive.

Hence I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful. Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue. The state in my view has no authority whatever to intervene in the biological processes of any woman’s body, which nature has implanted there before birth and hence before that woman’s entrance into society and citizenship.

On the other hand, I support the death penalty for atrocious crimes (such as rape-murder or the murder of children). I have never understood the standard Democratic combo of support for abortion and yet opposition to the death penalty. Surely it is the guilty rather than the innocent who deserve execution?

John the Libertarian on August 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM

The problem with Camille Paglia’s argument is that, by her scenario, anyone can kill anyone at any time and for any reason.

John the Libertarian on August 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

That may be true, but any idiot that thinks that “Republicans” support rape were never going to vote Republican anyways, capice?

Democrats are ALWAYS going to try to change the conversation from one they need to have, because their positions are not winners.

melle1228 on August 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

melle1228, your arguments are so dead center I have no comment other than to repost them.

itsspideyman on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

For those of you who support the Democrats, go ahead and be one. If, you aren’t already.

Criminently, I’m tired of all these concerned Mobys.

kingsjester on August 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Be sure to include abortion in that third “trimester,” just as Barack Obama supports it in real life.

It seems to me that Obama supports abortions in the fourth trimester ) as Steyn would put it).

Blaise on August 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Logically speaking, if the argument against legal abortion is about the right of the child to live, then circumstances of that child’s conception are irrelevant. As such, when considering a law against abortions, if we are uncomfortable with banning abortion for rape victims, then we need to assume, in a sense, that all unwanted pregnancies are from rape. If we are to set a maximum gestation age (or size or whatever) after wish abortion shall be illegal, then it should be set no sooner than we are comfortable setting that limit for the victims of rape (treating life threatening pregnancies as a separate matter).

As for party platforms, shouldn’t the Republican plank be to pass a law or amendment returning control over the abortion issue to the states?

Count to 10 on August 23, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Another election becomes a non-binding poll on abortion?
Nah. Been there, done that. Look where it has gotten us?
Let’s not play this game again, please?

PaleoRider on August 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

DNC = D&C

oceansidecon on August 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Sounds good to me. Keep that war on women thing going, it’ll win you an election. It’s not anyone really cares about 8.5% unemployment, 1.5% growth, energy deprivation in favor of green boondoggles and all the rest.

MJBrutus on August 23, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I with Brutus.. keep on what your doing democraps… It appears to be working just fine for you…

RockyJ. on August 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM

PaleoRider on August 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Which election was about abortion?

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Stay tuned for the sequel Dems, coming to you in every Catholic parish this October.
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd

diogenes on August 23, 2012 at 9:50 PM

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