As recently as this past Friday, I would still have said that the single, overriding issue in this election year would be the economy. Yet in the past 100 hours, Planned Parenthood and its pro-choice supporters in the press have savaged the Komen Foundation; the Obama administration, which might easily have backed down from its regulations forcing Catholic health care institutions to provide contraceptives in direct violation of Catholic teaching, has instead mounted a public relations offensive to insist upon its position; and the Ninth Circuit has ruled unconstitutional California's Proposition 8, issuing its decision in language so self-righteous and so bald that it could only have been intended to insult the millions of Californians who supported the ballot measure.
The sacredness of human life. Freedom of religion. The ancient understanding of marriage. Whether we have all become the subjects of an arrogant, overweening judiciary or whether we can reclaim the right to govern ourselves. Those are now the issues.
Already the highest in a generation, the stakes in this election have just risen.