That's the question asked over at Powerline, where John Hinderaker reacts to the news that Democrats are planning to turn their convention into a big celebration of abortion:
The Democrats apparently think they have hit the jackpot with Todd Akin’s moment of stupidity, but I’m not so sure. How, exactly, are they going to take advantage of Akin’s blunder? By talking ceaselessly about abortion. At the Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard headlines: “Dem Convention becomes anti-Akin affair.” That is a serious mistake. The Democratic convention should be an anti-Romney affair.
If it's true that the DNC will become a big abortion-palooza I have to agree that it's short-sighted. The Democratic Party and their friends in the media have spent this year focusing on what they call a "war on women." It's been frustrating to watch if you're one of the half of the country that identifies itself as pro-life (compared to record-low percentages who identify as pro-choice), but has it been effective?
My favorite anecdote about this was in the aftermath of the few months earlier this year the media spent advocating for abortion and for contraception over religious liberty. They lied, agitated and generally lost leave of whatever journalistic senses they ever had. They claimed that support of religious liberty would damage Republican standing in the polls. They ran story after story, in fact, saying that these issues were very bad news for Republicans. The result?
Well, in addition to individual Republicans showing gains -- Scott Brown benefited in his race against Elizabeth Warren because of his social positions -- women didn't react to the contraception battle in the manner the media predicted. After the full court press by the media, the New York Times had a poll showing that women weren't supportive of the birth control/abortion drug mandate even generally but that the margin increased to a decisive 53-38 for whether the mandate should be applied to religious groups.
It is certainly true that I've met almost no mainstream media reporter or Democratic operative who has serious qualms about legalized abortion. But they couldn't possibly be more out of step with the rest of the country. Roughly the same percentage of Americans hold the extreme pro-choice view (no restrictions on abortion, whether the child is being aborted moments away from heading down the birth canal, simply because she's female, or because she happens to have Down syndrome) as hold the extreme pro-life view (no support for abortion even in cases where the mother of the child has been raped).
The idea that the Democrats would hold an abortion fest instead of something less controversial makes about as much sense as the Republicans holding a pro-life festival instead of a political convention on broader issues.