Does Maggie Gallagher Watch the News?


Maggie Gallagher has a simply bizarre op-ed in the Washington Post saying that Ken Cucinnelli is losing the gubernatorial race in Virginia to Terry McAuliffe because he isn’t sufficiently pandering to the anti-abortion crowd. As if Cucinnelli, one of the most extreme anti-choice candidates imaginable (he backed the mandatory invasive ultrasounds bill, for crying out loud) just isn’t anti-abortion enough. Even weirder:

Democrats campaigned on the truce strategy in 2012 and will continue to use it until GOP candidates come up with a more effective political response. The winning strategy would be to aggressively define social issues on Democrats’ weakest grounds, to make them pay for their unqualified support of abortion on any grounds.

Steve Lonegan, the New Jersey Republican whose long-shot Senate campaign stalled when he supported the government shutdown in a blue state, nonetheless had the right idea on this issue. “What abortion would you make illegal?” he asked Cory Booker in a recent debate.

“I believe in Roe versus Wade,” Booker said.

“Imagine aborting a baby in the eighth month of pregnancy,” Lonegan said. “He supports that.”

“That is not true,” Booker replied.

Memo to GOP candidates: The best defense is a good offense. When you are being relentlessly attacked as an abortion extremist by people who support late-term and/or taxpayer-funded abortions, self-imposed silence about your beliefs and values is not an effective political response. Calling Democrats on their own extremism is the pathway to victory.

Uh, she does realize that Longergan followed that “winning strategy” right to getting his butt kicked in the election, right?

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  1. says

    Uh, she does realize that Longergan followed that “winning strategy” right to getting his butt kicked in the election, right? … That’s because Longergan wasn’t conservative enough. Conservatism can never lose, therefor all of the loser are not conservative enough.

  2. tubi says

    Uh, she does realize that Longergan followed that “winning strategy” right to getting his butt kicked in the election, right?

    I think she thinks he would have won handily by painting Booker as a baby-killer if only he (Lonegan) hadn’t proudly and patriotically stood up for American families by supporting the shutdown while campaigning in a state full of dirty blues.

    Basically, she thinks Ted Cruz cost Steve Lonegan a seat in the Senate.

  3. colnago80 says

    I would note that Booker’s statement said that he supports Roe vs Wade and that therefore he favors legal abortions in the trimester. Apparently, Gallagher is unaware of the fact that Roe vs Wade does not allow abortions in the 8th trimester. Or if she is aware of that fact, she is a fucking liar.

    By the way koo koo Ken also supported a bill in the state legislature to require the state police to investigate all miscarriages in the State of Virginia.

  4. Larry says

    The only position extreme enough for these fetus-fanatics is to lock up pregant women in a facility with 24 hour armed security, at their own expense, until they give birth. At such time, they’ll be kicked out onto the streets to fend for themselves, the filthy sluts.

  5. eric says

    @5 – yup, that’ was my thinking too. EIther Lonegan did not understand what Roe actually said, or he intentionally lied about Booker’s abortion stance. Since Gallagher echoes Lonegan’s mistake she’s doing the same thing (either misunderstanding it or intentioally lying about it).

    Calling Democrats on their own extremism is the pathway to victory.

    Here we see a classic example of the Overton window shifting over time. Roe was crafted by the courts specifically to be a compromise between the liberal and conservative positions. It grades from liberal in the first trimester to conservative in the third. But 40 years later, conservatives consider the whole ruling to be extreme leftism.

  6. says

    She does have one good point here: VA Democrats are vulnerable because they sound weak and scared when defending women’s reproductive rights, and always seem to do so in the vaguest language possible. “I believe in Roe vs. Wade” is a pathetic response, about as bad as Al Gore’s droning “I support a woman’s right to choose” (without ever mentioning WHAT she’s choosing).

    OTOH, at least she’s admitting that Kookinelli is losing, which is good news in itself.

  7. otrame says

    *nitpick for @5

    8th trimester? 8-)

    I admit it felt like the 8th trimester when my eldest was nearly a month overdue (they would never let that happen these days, but that was back in the middle 14th century, when I was still a young woman).

    The whole “late term abortion” thing is a con job. I suppose there are occasional cases where a woman decides that late, for no other reason than she just doesn’t want to be pregnant any more, but there are far more women who insist on continuing a baby to term, even knowing the pregnancy is killing them. We let them do it. That is why it is called CHOICE.

  8. eric says

    Hey Maggie, you know all that gerrymandering your party has successfully done? Doesn’t help with statewide races. The ‘go right’ strategy was designed to win in GOP-controlled districts. By all means try and use that hammer on this bolt.

    Hahaha, they think abortion is a winning issue for them. ADORABLE!

    To be fair, only the conservative pundits think its a winning issue. Cuccinelli’s campaign staff seems to know better: he has not advertised on any conservative social issues at all (at least not in the DC metro area). The ads (for both parties) tend to be either “I’ll create jobs” or mudslinging.

  9. raven says

    The whole “late term abortion” thing is a con job

    True.

    IIRC, the number of late term abortions in the USA was something like a 100 a year. Mostly for severely malformed or dying fetuses or women who were at high risk of dying quickly. One of them was Rick Santorum’s wife who had an abortion to remove a dying fetus.

    It’s less than that now. There are women who need urgent medical care who aren’t going to get it.

    The whole pro female slavery/forced birthers are a con job.

  10. cptdoom says

    The whole “late term abortion” thing is a con job. I suppose there are occasional cases where a woman decides that late, for no other reason than she just doesn’t want to be pregnant any more, but there are far more women who insist on continuing a baby to term, even knowing the pregnancy is killing them. We let them do it. That is why it is called CHOICE.

    Actually, Roe v. Wade’s trimester decision allows states to restrict abortion pretty significantly in the third trimester. Nearly all abortions at that late stage are because of fetal death or nonviability, or because of a significant health risk to the mother.

    As for Maggie’s complaints about the Cooch – does she think the Democrats would NOT point out Cooch’s extreme views – including banning abortion in cases of rape or incest AND banning birth control methods like the pill that can prevent implantation of a fertilized egg (aka “baby” to the forced birthers) – if he were to highlight them instead of trying to hide them? Gallagher claims to be a Yale-educated individual, but she clearly learned no critical thinking skills if she can’t, from her VA home, see the pounding the Democrats are doing on Cooch’s positions and realize it’s because they work – or that most women do not want their birth control taken from them.

  11. says

    Given Gallagher’s less than stellar success with her anti-marriage equality advocacy, Cooch might want to think twice about taking advice from her.

  12. Michael Heath says

    I was looking at the polling for the VA gov. race at RealClearPolitics last evening. I was surprised to find that not only did the Rasmussen poll show McAuliffe enjoying an enormous lead, but that same poll gave him the biggest edge relative to other pollsters’ results.

    That’s compelling evidence Republicans have not yet reached Ground Zero when it comes to their grip on reality. More insanity’s coming our way.

  13. TxSkeptic says

    @5 – Ouch Ouch Ouch.

    8 trimesters would really hurt, amiright? Even the african elephant with a 645 day gestation only gets to seven trimesters (~21 months).

    Back to Maggie:

    Memo to GOP candidates: The best defense is a good offense. When you are being relentlessly attacked as an abortion extremist by people who support late-term and/or taxpayer-funded abortions, self-imposed silence about your beliefs and values is not an effective political response. Calling Democrats on their own extremism is the pathway to victory.

    This almost seems like great advice to democrats (in reverse). The dems have always soft pedeled abortion as a rights issue, which is is, but seldom aggressively argue a full on pro-abortion positions.

    Lets take her two examples, late-term and taxpayer-funded abortions. Late term abortions are almost always due to either severe medical problems with either mother or fetus, or lack of availability of earlier abortion options due to family, community or legal impediments. Here I think Roe got it somewhat wrong. There should be almost no 3rd term restrictions because it’s just not much of an issue, or shouldn’t be. If there were not the whole anti-abortion sentiment in the first place, almost all elective abortions would be in the first trimester anyway. Developmental problems would be the reason for most 2nd trimester abortions, and sever medical issues in the 3rd.

    The issue of taxpayer funding for abortions is a huge civil rights issue. Women relying on public assistance for medical care should have every right to have abortions covered as with any other medical issue they may present with. I would almost put this as a constitutional issue by the “equal protection” clause.

    Democrats need to get more aggressive in stating their case not just for the right to have an abortion, but for the necessity of its availability as well, and calling out Republicans on THEIR extremism.

  14. colnago80 says

    Re otram @ #10

    You are absolutely correct. I meant the 8th month that asshole Gallagher cited.

  15. markr1957 says

    “What abortion would you make illegal?”

    Easy answer – the one the mother doesn’t want to have. That is the only abortion that should be illegal. The rest are between doctor and patient and nobody’s business but theirs.

  16. caseloweraz says

    Gallagher: Republican candidates’ apparent discomfort discussing such issues makes it look like they have something to hide, confirming to many voters Democratic suggestions that GOP candidates’ positions are extreme.

    How does the old saying go? Something like “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

    Could Maggie Gallagher be an undercover progressive? ;)

  17. coffeehound says

    Republican candidates’ apparent discomfort discussing such issues makes it look like they have something to hide, confirming to many voters Democratic suggestions that GOP candidates’ positions are extreme.

    What utter bullshit. The only time I’ve ever seen Republicans uncomfortable discussing their views on the issue (since they are always pushing legislation that makes it a front page issue in the first place) is when they get caught with an outrageous sound byte on the subject that makes it absolutely clear just how out of touch they are with the average American. Unless they’re walking back some stupid admission of their extremism they never shut up on the subject and it’s usually Dems soft selling their position. Maggies idiotic attempt is to somehow make Dems responsible for the “shame” Republicans feel instead of placing the blame where it belongs, with Repubs who seem to have unfortunate fits of temporary honesty when microphones are shoved in their faces.

  18. coffeehound says

    In short Dems don’t suggest it, Republicans shout it from the rooftops and then want a free pass when it doesn’t play well.

  19. eric says

    This almost seems like great advice to democrats (in reverse). The dems have always soft pedeled abortion as a rights issue, which is is, but seldom aggressively argue a full on pro-abortion positions.

    I disagree. As the last two GOP presidential candidates have demonstrated, the game is ‘take the middle,’ not ‘reinforce the base.’ For taking the middle, you want to hog the middle. Take up as much as the issue territory as possible. Paint your opponent as representing the smallest possible pie slice, while painting yourself as representing the remaining whole pie. That typically means staying as nonspecific as possible about your views. The two “extensions” you’ve described – no third trimester limit, public funding – they create a position that covers less of the pie. It lessens the number of independent voters who will fully agree with you.

    The other concern is single issue voters. You don’t want to trigger their autorejection. Not all political issues have the same number of single issue voters, but IMO the abortion is an issue that has a lot of them (on both sides). So its better just to steer clear. Minmize your lost votes, even if doing so means you don’t maximize your gained votes.

  20. Bicarbonate says

    Here in France, abortion is only legal in the first trimester. After that, strictly illegal. Removal of a dead or dying fetus in any trimester is not considered abortion. I don’t know what they do if the mother’s life is threatened and the fetus viable.

  21. greg1466 says

    Memo to GOP candidates: The best defense is a good offense.

    That’s right. Because if there’s one thing the Republicans need to get better at, it’s being offensive…

  22. jnorris says

    I note that Maggie Gallagher is willing to surrender her personal medical care to the likes of Steve Lonegan and Ken Cucinnelli regardless of her own wants and needs.

  23. freemage says

    Eric@22: If the GOP were also campaigning towards the middle, you might have a point–neutralize the issue as best you can. But these days, there are very few districts where a GOP candidate is expressing a moderate view on the topic. As extreme as they are, it should give the Dems a bit more breathing room to push somewhat to the left, and still hold the center on this issue.

  24. adobo says

    @20 coffeehound

    Not too loud please… We dont want the Republicans to become self aware of just how batshit insane they are! :)

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