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Dem Convention to mirror GOP’s 1992 “Family Values” affair?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:20 am - August 23, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,American History

Whichever party focuses on social issues in this fall’s campaign will lose the fall election.

The title came to mind as I was scrolling through Glenn Reynolds’s posts and caught this, “WHAT HATH AKIN WROUGHT? Democratic Convention To Become Celebration of Abortion Rights“:

With an eye on Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments and the GOP’s mad dash away from the sinking Missouri Senate candidate, the Democrats are turning their upcoming presidential convention into a pro-choice assault on the Republicans with the help of major abortion supporters.

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.

The people for whom abortion is the defining issue of the campaign have already made up their minds.  If they’re pro-choice, they’re with Barack Obama and the Democrats.  If they’re pro-life, they’re with Mitt Romney and the Republicans.

If the Democrats focus on abortion at their convention, the American people will wonder why they’re focused on social issues at a time of economic uncertainty.  As many wondered in 1992 why the GOP focused on family values when the economy was no longer booming as it had been since Reagan’s reforms kicked in in 1983.

UPDATE:  ED Morrissey asks if the the Democratic convention will be an “Abortion-palooza“:

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. . .

He wonders how effective this strategy will be:

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.

Read the whole thing!



  1. 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

    I wonder if the Democrats will feel any shame?

    I don’t mean shame at their extreme support for abortion in all forms (e.g., late-term / partial-birth). Let’s leave that aside.

    I mean, will the Democrats feel any shame at running such an irrelevant, silly, negative and distractionary campaign – after having supposedly condemned such tactics (or come out in favor of “Hope” and “Change”) in their 2008 campaign?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 23, 2012 @ 10:29 am - August 23, 2012

  2. Good points-it is already clear the democrats want to push the Akin gaffe/abortion issue because it distracts from the economy.

    OUtside or hardcore people on both sides of the abortion issue, most people are interested in the economy-paying their bils, keeping their jobs, and the state of the federal budget. If they tune in to hear all abortion, all the time, and “The GOP hates women” they likely are going to be turned off.

    Shoot I am a woman and I am so sick of hearing liberals tell me that I am voting against my own interests and that the GOP doesn’t care about women-especially since when I ask specifically why the GOP hates women and the two answers I am immediately given are regarding birth control pills and abortion.

    Comment by Just Me — August 23, 2012 @ 10:48 am - August 23, 2012

  3. When confronted by those democrats that are convinced the GOP hates women, ask them why democrats HATE children. The look on their face is priceless, and how they stammer to change the subject.

    Comment by mixitup — August 23, 2012 @ 2:47 pm - August 23, 2012

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