An interesting tidbit from the Florida exit poll: A full 43 percent of the Republican primary electorate believes abortion should be legal. Poor suckers. And look at their candidate preferences: 43 percent voted for McCain and 26 percent for Romney, both of whom have sworn to do everything in their power to overturn Roe v. Wade, while just 19 percent of the pro-choice Republicans chose Rudy Giuliani.
It's important to state that Giuliani did not run as pragmatically pro-choice. He did, after all, promise to appoint Roberts and Scalia types to the Supreme Court. But alone among the GOP field, Giuliani signaled at least grudging acceptance of the idea -- if not the reality -- of a woman's right to control her reproductive destiny. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Debra Saunders suggested Giuliani would have made a stronger candidate if he had run as a pro-choice social moderate tough on terror. Perhaps then, more of the 43 percent of Floridian pro-choicers would have supported him.
But I think it's more likely that Republicans who consider themselves pro-choice simply rank the issue far down on their list of priorities. Like most Americans, they're thinking more about foreign policy and the economy right now. And also like most Americans, they've found they're not super comfortable voting for a candidate whose own children dislike him. Rudy, you old dog, it just wasn't meant to be.
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