If the Democrats want to talk all abortion, all the time, then perhaps it's relevant to look at Barack Obama's positions on abortion and determine who is really more out of the mainstream of American opinion - Romney or Obama. Rich Lowry reminds us of some of the more extreme pro-abortion positions that Obama has taken in his political career. Remember that he opposed a “Born-Alive Infants Protection Act” while in the Illinois legislature and he opposed a ban on partial-birth abortion. He opposes a ban on abortion for purposes of sex selection. When pro-life groups start running ads on his positions, perhaps he'll find he prefers to return to talking about issues that even register in polls for what people consider the most important problem facing the country today.
If the Democrats spend a lot of their convention talking about contraception and women's rights and then, as Mark Hemingway reminds us, the next day depressing unemployment numbers are announced, the GOP are going to have a ready-made storyline about Obama ignoring the real issues concerning the American people for side issues. And what are the chances that the numbers are going to be good news. Hemingway also reminds us that there will also be an unemployment report the Friday before the election. It's a big risk to spend so much energy trying to ignore economic issues with the headwinds Obama is facing on the economy.
Abortion is not the terrain I care to fight on, but it's a fight that the Republicans don't have to fear fighting.