Phil, Wlady: The trouble is that for Rudy to forthrightly adopt Krauthammer’s (and my) pro-choice/anti-Roe position, as Krauthammer seems to be advising, would create an even worse muddle than he’s in. While many of the real-world policy effects of Roe are unpopular, the majority of voters, who don’t understand the details, are not eager to overturn Roe. Why do you think that the president has repeatedly assured that he has no abortion litmus test whenever there’s a judicial confirmation fight?
Rudy’s general election strength is one of his strongest cards, and he has no reason to fold it. Is it really out of bounds in a GOP primary to take exactly the same position on judges as George W. Bush?