It is a time honored tradition for Republicans claiming the mantle of “prolife”, going back to President Reagan, to make sure that their women send other, reassuringly prochoice, messages. While this is usually the candidate’s wife, Mitt Romney apparently found it handier to use his sister, Jane, to reassure prochoicers. The other day she said that a ban on abortion was “never going to happen” under her brother’s presidency.
“It’s not his focus,” Jane Romney said at a talk here on Wednesday. “He’s not going to be touching any of that.”
Indeed, coming in the wake of Mr Romney’s assurance that, contrary to the Republican platform, the innocent children of rapists will be continue to be executed under his administration, and that abortion will continue for reasons of the “health of the mother”, a broad category indeed, it is hard to understand why antiabortion people have not responded with outrage.
Indeed, it is hard to understand how antiabortion voters can continue to argue that the Republicans are sincere in their prolife convictions.
But then, conservative American prolifers are eager to be seduced, in spite of their long history of being betrayed.
They are like the jaded woman who continues to hope, in spite of her long experience, that her latest date will respect her in the morning after her latest one night stand.