Abortion Advocates To Headline Democratic Convention Despite Polls Showing Disinterest

Bill Hobbs | August 27, 2012 | 9:33am EDT
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Facing problems with independent voters, Democrats are hoping to capitalize on Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin's unfortunate remark about rape and abortion in order to distract voters from the sorry state of the American economy and the nation's high unemployment rate.

"The Democrats are turning their upcoming presidential convention into a pro-choice assault on the Republicans with the help of major abortion supporters,” reports the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard. The Democrats “announced that three starlets of the pro-choice movement will be featured at the convention, an event that will now drive the liberal charge that the Republicans are anti-women,” Bedard reports.

The convention will feature Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Nancy Keenan, president of the NARAL Pro-Choice America. Also given a starring role: Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who famously went before an unofficial Congressional “hearing” -- a media event created by House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi -- and demanded government, or the Catholic Church, or someone other than her pay for her birth control (which can be purchased for $9 a month at Wal-Mart).

About the only pro-choice woman Democrats won't be having speak at their convention is “Julia,” the fictional character featured on the Obama campaign's website imprisoned in liberal heaven – a life of complete dependency on Big Government, right down to her free birth control.

Why, it's almost as if the Democrats are hoping their convention will keep voters' minds off of things like the struggling economy and anemic jobs growth, or the coming "fiscal cliff" with its massive tax increases sparking a new recession and higher unemployment in 2013, according to the Congressional Budget Office, or Obama's four straight years of deficits above $1 trillion.

Coming just a few days after the Republican National Convention focuses on the economy, the Democrats' think their decision to make their convention focus on abortion and birth control will help them attract more women voters to Obama, but it will also highlight just how disconnected the Democrats are from the issues voters most care about this election cycle.

Abortion and birth control aren't on the list of such issues, according to recent polls from Gallup and CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac.

Gallup says job-creation, reducing corruption in the federal government, and reducing the federal budget deficit are the top three issues when Americans are asked to rate priorities for the next president to address. Higher taxes on the rich, and environmental issues, rate lower. Abortion and birth control? Not even on the list.

In three swing states that will help decide the election – Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin – the top five issues are the economy, healthcare, Medicare, the budget deficit and taxes, according to the latest CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac poll. In case you read through that list too fast, we double-checked: Abortion isn't on the list. Neither is birth control.

Back in April, another Gallup survey found that abortion and birth control are not among voters' top issues in this presidential campaign.

Even among Democrats it was last on the list, according to Gallup, commenting on its poll:

“The government's policies on birth control have received a great deal of visibility in recent months as part of a dispute over the Affordable Care Act's provisions requiring some religious institutions to offer birth control as part of their health insurance plans. Republican presidential candidates and Catholic leaders have criticized the provision, while President Obama has defended it, albeit while making some adjustments designed to make it more palatable to Catholic institutions.

“The 44% of registered voters who say that federal government policies on birth control will be important to their vote is substantially lower than the 73% to 80% of voters who say that about the five other issues tested in the poll.

“Democrats are significantly more likely than independents or Republicans to say birth control policies will be important to their vote, but even among Democrats, the issue comes in last on the list.”

Most of the voters who are open to the DNC's messaging on abortion and birth control are already Democrats. Which makes you wonder just who Obama and company are trying to convince.

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