Apparently even ideologically aligned reporters have their breaking point on abortion promotion. To wit…
Pro-abortion New York Times columnist David Brooks, after Day 1:
The one cavil I will have … is this speech has – [it] reinforces something we’ve heard all night, which was how much the crowd goes crazy and how passionate they are about abortion and gay marriage and the social issues. And tonight has been about that.
And to me it should have been a lot more about economics, growth, and debt. And that better be the job of day two and day three because they did not do it here.
How “crazy” was the crowd for abortion?
Pretty sick. More from NBC News:
[P]erhaps the most surprising part of last night was that it had more talk about abortion rights than in any Democratic convention since 1992, the first of many self-described “Year of the Woman” campaign years….
It’s clear Democrats and the Obama campaign were sending the not-so-subtle message that they believe the secret formula to capitalizing on the gender gap: talk about women’s rights and women’s choices. But that strategy also carries the potential risk of alienating Democratic voters who might oppose abortion rights.
And from the Washington Post’s Melinda Henneberger:
I have NEVER heard this much about abortion as in that hall last night, even if you throw in every homily of my life. Every other event is sponsored by [Planned Parenthood] or EMILY’s List. Then I moderated a panel for the outnumbered but undaunted pro-life [Democrats], where the panelists were asked by Salon what’s not to love about abortefacients and by Red State how come they like the infanticide president so much. America is evenly divided on this issue, but are ANY swing voters watching speech after convention speech?
But the constant reference to abortion rights Tuesday night was at risk of coming off too strong. Abortion is a complex, painful issue that touches upon faith, gender and class.
It is not a matter that lends itself well to electioneering. More importantly, there’s a danger that in pushing the “war on women,” Obama may seem distracted from the real challenges facing America. Jobs, debt and health care are what matter most to voters in 2012. It’s still the economy, Mr. President.
That was just Day 1. On to Day 2, when the DNC aportion-palooza featured Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and Georgetown birth control beggar Sandra Fluke. From ABC News:
It’s impossible to understate the prominence that women’s issues, in particular abortion rights, has played on the convention stage over the last two days.
Tonight I’ll be surprised if abortion gets much of a mention. Democrat movers and shakers read the papers, too. If abortion is mentioned, it will likely be in code, “reproductive choice,” or “reproductive healthcare,” etc.
I think what we’re seeing is a perfect storm.
Democrats recognize abortion is no longer a winning issue, so they have panicked and are overreaching. If they say nothing, they lose. If they say only as much as they’ve ever said, they lose. So they must say more.
In addition, so many pro-life Democrats have been weeded out of the Party, thanks to the political ramifications of Obamacare, there is no voice of temperance left to stop abortion proponents from pushing their agenda full throttle.
The consequences of the abortion push so far? According to Reuters this afternoon:
So far, U.S. President Barack Obama has not received much of a bounce yet in popular support from the Democratic National Convention, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday.
The latest daily tracking poll found Republican Mitt Romney still clinging to a narrow lead of 45% to Obama’s 44% among likely voters. Romney had led by 46% to 44% in Wednesday’s poll.
“We’re not seeing a sort of glimmer, at this point, of a bump,” said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark….
“I do think we probably will see a small bump still…. I think it will be very modest,” Clark said.
And then what do abortion proponents do? Polls were showing before the convention the “war on women” meme wasn’t helping Obama among women, it was, and, in fact, was hurting him.
Will they keep trying?
UPDATE 9/7, 7a: Further thoughts on the perfect storm…
There are also those liberals who honestly fear they are going to lose the “right” to abort and that Republicans are going to ban contraception, and who honestly believe Romney is out to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood (when he meant “defund”).
Then there is Planned Parenthood, which has embedded itself into the upper echelons of the Democrat Party, and which was motivated to push abortion at the DNC simply by greed. Obama has literally become the gatekeeper of taxpayer funding to PP and has plans through Obamacare to open the gate wider. We can be sure PP helped plan the DNC. As The Hill reported yesterday, “Abortion-rights groups have played a prominent role in the Democratic convention.”
Reprinted with permission from JillStanek.com