Have the Democrats been taken hostage?
Recent events in the race for DNC chairperson have led me to ask this question: Have the Democrats been taken hostage by abortion rights activists? I think the answer is no, but only because the Dems have seemingly tied their own hands, so to speak.
While the fight for reproductive rights is noble, I think it is limiting the party's national appeal. There's no need to give up your position, but the Democrats need a new focus if they are going to pitch their tent wide enough to win a presidential election.
True, Kerry's platform did not revolve around abortion rights per se (but then again, did anybody know what Kerry's platform was?) It seems that the Democrats would fare much better if they focused on education (especially funding the numerous federal mandates that have come down in recent years) as well as fiscal responsibility (one of Howard Dean's issues that initially earned him a lot of popularity).
As it is, a renewed focus on the Democratic position regarding abortion rights (in the DNC chairperson race that is) will only hurt the party in the long run (in my opinion).