This is precisely the dilemma pro-lifers face in the next election. They can support a pro-choice candidate and hope that it will do no practical damage to their movement because he will mostly side with them on the issues that are in play — or even define the pro-life label down to the point where he qualifies. They can support a candidate with a long, mostly pro-life voting record who has never seemed comfortable with the issue and disagrees with pro-lifers on at least one major issue that is in play. They can support a candidate who agrees with them on every issue but has only done so since late 2004, early 2005. Or they can support a candidate with no chance of being nominated or elected.
That’s one of the reasons so many people waited for Fred Thompson to get in. And, as we’ve covered on this blog, he has proved to have his own problems from a pro-life perspective.