In physics we observe that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In politics we observe for every Republican misstep, there is a greater and more ridiculous Democrat overreaction.
Case in point: Todd Akin. The MO Senate candidate made a foolish remark about the magical power of women’s bodies to prevent pregnancy if they are “legitimately” raped. This is not a pro-life position, it’s just a dumb position. Akin’s refusal to step out of his race may hand that seat back to the Democrats, and it certainly saved President Obama from what would probably have been another disastrous week for him. Barack Obama’s press conference on Monday should become a historical reference point marking the moment that he morphed into a combination of Lyndon Baines Johnson and Richard Nixon. He told the nation obvious lies with brazen arrogance.
Akin’s foolishness now has Democrats licking their chops. They plan to use it to build their messaging theme for their upcoming Democratic National Convention.
Just as the Akin crisis was reaching a crescendo, the Democrats on Wednesday announced that three starlets of the pro-choice movement will be featured at the convention, an event that will now drive the liberal charge that the Republicans are anti-women.
Democrats said that they will feature Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parent Action Fund, Nancy Keenan, president of the NARAL Pro-Choice America and Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University student whose plea for federal birth control funding drew the ire–and a subsequent apology–from Rush Limbaugh.
What’s more, the Democrats are expanding their list of women ready to assail the GOP on women’s issue, adding Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and actress Eva Longoria to the list that already includes Sen. John Kerry and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
None of these people, except maybe the actress, hold any kind of appeal to anyone outside the Democratic base. Elizabeth Warren is the discredited fake Indian who fed the president his disastrous “You didn’t build that!” line. Sandra Fluke is the lifelong college student who doesn’t want to pay for her own lifestyle choices. Cecile Richards is a proven liar, and John Kerry is the military-smearing senator who marries for money.
The messaging likely to come from this group will be strident, intolerant, harsh, divisive and mean-spirited. It will also be dishonest. In a time when the country continues to move incrementally pro-life thanks in part to technological advancements and to the exposure of Planned Parenthood as a dishonest, lawless organization, it will also be out of step with the zeitgeist of the nation. At a time when the nation is drowning in debt and struggling with stubbornly high unemployment, the Democrats are going to turn their messaging on this?
When it comes to zealously pouring hate on Republican targets, the Democrats just can’t help themselves. They’re gleeful when it comes time to gang up on people and ridicule them. Bank on this: They will overreach, big time, and will turn millions of voters off to their stridency and their irresponsibility.