Cokie Roberts, to Cory Booker on “This Week” yesterday:
Except you took out, on the issue of abortion, you took out language from previous platforms that said it should be safe, legal and rare. And I think this Democratic Convention was really over the top in terms of abortion. Every single speaker talked about abortion. And you know at some point you start to alienate people. 30 percent of Democrats are pro-Life.
Along those lines, Melinda Henneberger, in the Washington Post, lamenting the constant pro-abortion refrain from the stage at the Democratic National Convention:
Will Democrats pay a price for pitching to the base at the expense of moderates? Probably not, because undecided voters are unlikely to have tuned in for speech after speech outside of prime time. Bill Clinton was the pitch man for that voter. He did a genius job at breaking down the economic argument for Obama, too, and thankfully did not present himself as a friend of womankind.
Even the tribute to Teddy Kennedy, who for many years considered himself pro-life, was used to drive home the ubiquitous abortion rights theme, via footage of the ’94 senatorial debate in which Kennedy called Romney “multiple choice” on the issue. A tireless advocate for the dispossessed, Kennedy was so much more than that — and his party used to be, too.