The Campaign Spot

Newt Gingrich’s In-Bounds Hit on Romney on Abortion

Having given Gingrich enormous grief for his attacks on Romney’s management of Bain Capital, it’s worth noting that his new hit on Romney on abortion is perfectly fair game, and that while the facts are less incendiary than the Gingrich ad suggests, they remind viewers that Romney once was pro-choice, governed a largely pro-choice state, and made some decisions that irk pro-lifers even after his conversion to the cause of life.

For what it’s worth, since entering politics, Mitt Romney has done a lot to help pro-life Republicans. And one can imagine whether a President Romney would dare cross the pro-life community once in office, if he had any desire to see a second term.

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Film & TV

A Right-Wing Halloween

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The Blackface Party

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