Why can't conservative Republicans learn to speak a little more intelligently?
A few gaffes – most notably by candidates Akin and Mourdock – cost the Republicans two Senate seats and possibly the White House. But with just a little common sense and some simple pro-life arguments they could have easily turned this to our advantage. Romney and others could have done the same thing whether the specific rape/abortion questions came up or not.
The errors resulted when the candidates tried to articulate theological concepts that can’t be distilled into sound bites and that are virtually certain to be misinterpreted by the media and voters. If you are running for office you should be skilled at knowing what hot topic questions you’ll get and how to steer the answers to your advantage.
So when the topic of abortions in the case of rape and incest came up, they didn’t need to get theological. They could have noted any or all of the following. Consider how simple yet accurate these arguments are and how they would resonate with the average voter – even pro-choice voters, the majority of whom side with pro-lifers on topics like parental notification, late-term abortions and taxpayer funding of abortions...Read the rest. It's good.
Update: Linked at Gorges' Grouse. Thanks!