Maggie Gallagher has a simply bizarre op-ed in the Washington Post saying that Ken Cucinnelli is losing the gubernatorial race in Virginia to Terry McAuliffe because he isn’t sufficiently pandering to the anti-abortion crowd. As if Cucinnelli, one of the most extreme anti-choice candidates imaginable (he backed the mandatory invasive ultrasounds bill, for crying out loud) just isn’t anti-abortion enough. Even weirder:
Democrats campaigned on the truce strategy in 2012 and will continue to use it until GOP candidates come up with a more effective political response. The winning strategy would be to aggressively define social issues on Democrats’ weakest grounds, to make them pay for their unqualified support of abortion on any grounds.
Steve Lonegan, the New Jersey Republican whose long-shot Senate campaign stalled when he supported the government shutdown in a blue state, nonetheless had the right idea on this issue. “What abortion would you make illegal?” he asked Cory Booker in a recent debate.
“I believe in Roe versus Wade,” Booker said.
“Imagine aborting a baby in the eighth month of pregnancy,” Lonegan said. “He supports that.”
“That is not true,” Booker replied.
Memo to GOP candidates: The best defense is a good offense. When you are being relentlessly attacked as an abortion extremist by people who support late-term and/or taxpayer-funded abortions, self-imposed silence about your beliefs and values is not an effective political response. Calling Democrats on their own extremism is the pathway to victory.
Uh, she does realize that Longergan followed that “winning strategy” right to getting his butt kicked in the election, right?