Liberals on DNC: Maybe you’re overdoing it on abortion-on-demand

Two New York Times columnists say the first day of the convention focused too heavily on the abortion fringe.
Wed Sep 5, 2012 - 10:46 am EST

CHARLOTTE, September 5, 2012, ( – The first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte has been described as “abortion-palooza” for its emphasis on abortion-on-demand. Some on the Left are questioning whether the convention obsessed over abortion a bit too much.

The New York Times editorial page editor, Juliet Lapidos, wrote the Obama campaign’s apparent decision to center his re-election around the issue of abortion amounts to “a risky proposition.”

Noting only a minority of Americans support the Democratic Party’s platform of unrestricted abortion-on-demand, she wrote, “Last night, the Democrats surely pleased the 25 percent minority.” 

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Fellow New York Times‘s columnist David Brooks told PBS the campaign narrative “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.”

“That better be the job of day two and day three because they did not do it here,” Brooks said.

Brooks, who supports same-sex “marriage” and is pro-choice on abortion, is considered the Times’ “conservative,” although others deem him a neoconservative.

Melinda Henneberger of The Washington Post told The Daily Caller, “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.”

“America is evenly divided on this issue, but are ANY swing voters watching speech after convention speech?” she asked. 

  democratic national convention, media, new york times

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