The Corner

Harold Ford

Another problem for him as a veep candidate: He voted to ban partial-birth abortion. That could be a problem for Dick Gephardt and Evan Bayh as well. In the past, feminists have said that Bayh would be an unacceptable vice-presidential nominee because of his vote on the issue. If Kerry picks an opponent of partial-birth abortion anyway, that will be an impressive move toward the center–and a stinging defeat for the feminists.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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