Amidst the Todd Akin controversy, Jeff Greenfield notes two obvious points. Number one:
His position on abortion--that the victim of rape should be compelled to bear her rapist’s child--has been the official position of the Republican Party for more than thirty years.And numero dos (sorry, Steve King): "Nobody takes the platform of a political party seriously any longer." Indeed, I was seriously thinking that, since the platforms are unenforcable, I would attend conventions and vote no on the entire platform. But then my self-imposed exile happened so I didn't follow through. I may yet do it in 2014.
Indeed, the language of the GOP platform--all but certain to be adopted in Tampa next week--goes further. It declares that: "Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
Speaking of the King, national press seems to be missing the point about his inevitable weigh-in on behalf of his pal Akin... but his opponent isn't.
District of the Day followup: Scratch one seat for the Ds. House 18 candidate Kasey Friedrichsen took a new job and is ending her campaign against GOP incumbent
Jason Schultz. She is, however, leaving her name on the ballot.
But in brighter news: If you had any doubt that House 88 was on the A list for the Democrats, doubt no more.
Roxanne and Jim Conlin Invite You to Meet
That's the kind of event you'd expect to see for a member of the congressional delegation. Sara's part of the strong effort to turn Muscatine County blue this cycle, along with John Dabeet and Chris Brase.
At Their Home
2900 Southern Hills Circle
Des Moines, Iowa
Thursday, August 30th
5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
With Special Guest
Former First Lady Mari Culver
Sara is a dynamic young candidate for the Iowa House.
She is running from Iowa House District 88,
which includes Louisa, Muscatine, and Des Moines counties