Every report we could find provided essentially the same insight into the group’s endorsement of Schundler - the endorsement by the “anti-abortion lobby” may have helped him win the Republican primary election four years ago, but observers say it contributed to his double-digit general election loss.
Our search on “Schundler” with Google news provided 18 hits and every one was a report on this latest endorsement. A representative sample of the reporting may be found here: Philadelphia Inquirer, Star-Ledger, Newsday, NBC, and 1010 WINS.
Each report chose to lead off, not with the name of the group providing the endorsement, but with an anti-abortion or anti-abortion rights group lead – ensuring the reader understood the negative implications of receiving the thumbs up from such an extreme group.
The not so subtle message - this endorsement may put Schundler over the top with the right-wing Republican nuts that vote in the primary, but will lead to sure defeat in a general election. Wishful thinking?
This is all very interesting and Schundler did receive the endorsement, but what do abortion rights have to do with the gubernatorial election? As the Star-Ledger pointed out, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe vs. Wade back in 1973 and last we checked the Governor of New Jersey has no authority to overturn that decision. Pro-life, pro-choice – a Governor can’t change the law of the land.
Call us crazy, but the abortion issue has absolutely nothing to do with this election, any more than a candidate’s opinion on drilling for oil in ANWAR is relevant to the governor’s race. Oh, and how many nominees for Governor of New Jersey have been pro-life since 1973 and lost election? One? How many pro-choice candidates have lost? Seven? What a revelation - we can see the headlines now.
Talk about a distraction. And the Democrats believe discussing corruption in New Jersey is a distraction from the issues? Pleeeze! If there is a "single issue" voting block out there that will make the difference in this election, somehow we think that issue will be taxes. Maybe the media could provide some non-biased reporting on something the Governor can influence. Now it's our turn for wishful thinking.
P.S. This post has been brought to you by a pro-choice, former Independent and soon to be, Republican primary voter.