On the kid front, I’ve written before I don’t care about kids of candidates and don’t write about kids of candidates. Wlady, you remind me of another rule. I don’t like candidates or causes that take advantage of kids. Pointing to the political views of opponents children is distasteful in the extreme and using them as props in marches and demonstrations is likewise manipulative and unseemly. In short, such behavior is not “for the children” –it’s is for adults who don’t know where to draw the line. ( I’ll save for another day the other well taken point that 17 year olds don’t act like children these days and share way too much personal information with total strangers.)
As for Romney, I think all the back and forth on his prior views and whether he accepts a federalism abortion solution does, as Phil suggests, raise the consistency issue and fuel fears that his opponent, likely Hillary, will Kerry-ize him in the general election. Do pro-life voters begin to doubt his fidelity to their cause? Unclear but this is the card Huckabee and Brownback will play this week. Saturday we’ll get a sense whether it matters.