Whoâ€™s the Extremist?
Long before Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin flapped his gums about the female body’s magical ability to prevent pregnancy in the case of “legitimate rape,” Democrats were conducting an aggressive campaign to cast Mitt Romney as an extremist on social issues.
First, the Obama campaign claimed in the spring that Romney was waging a “war on women” by opposing Obamacare’s contraception and abortifacient mandate. Romney would “deny women access to birth control,” the Obama campaign claimed, as if an employer’s failure to provide a free lunch would amount to “denying workers access to food.”
In July, the Obama campaign launched a television ad claiming that “Romney backed a law that outlaws all abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.” The ad was blatantly false. Since his pro-life conversion, Romney’s official position has always been that there should be exceptions in cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is endangered. Even PolitiFact, the left-leaning “fact checking” website, declared the Obama ad was a “Pants on Fire” lie.