Thursday, October 16, 2008
The moment McCain lost the election
Every once in a while, you can spot the exact moment when an election is won or lost.
In 1976, it was when Jerry Ford denied that Poland was under the thumb of the Soviet Union.
In 1984, it was when Ronald Reagan said he wasn't going to make an issue of Mondale's "youth and inexperience" (which was funny because Mondale was middle aged and had been on the political scene for years).
This year's moment came last night, right after Obama outlined his rather moderate position on the abortion, saying he'd be willing to consider a late-term abortion ban if it included an exception for the life or health of the mother.
McCain replied, "Just again, the example of the eloquence of Sen. Obama. He's health for the mother. You know, that's been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything. That's the extreme pro-abortion position, quote, 'health.'"
Aside from the fact that every pro-choice person in America is going to resent being labeled "pro-abortion," the sneer when he said 'health' sent a Cindy McCain-like cold shiver down the spine of not only every woman, but every man who has daughters. And, I suspect, many more people.
This election is over.