When your party has exactly one issue, choosing a candidate should be very simple, at least in initial phase, where you separate the field between those that agree with you and those that do not. The National Right to Life Committee has apparently chosen Fred Thompson as the presidential candidate it will support, and perhaps it is the perfect choice for a group which seems to be plodding lazily along into the dustbin of history. Thompson has been virtually invisible on the campaign trail, and recent polls have shown him losing support in places where he hasn’t bothered to show up, such as New Hampshire.

But what about that central, solitary issue that means the world to Right to Lifers? Could such an organization possibly have been too lazy to discover that Fred Thompson once worked as a lobbyist for a family planning group that had been trying to relax abortion law? Romney carries similar, if not worse, flip-flopping baggage, and Giuliani supports a woman’s right to choose, but there are other candidates.

Mike Huckabee, a preacher, is staunchly pro-life, so much so that he is seeking to turn the nation into a pseudo-Catholic state which recognizes life as beginning at contraception. Ron Paul, an obstetrician, believes that abortion, like many other issues, should be handled at the state, rather than the federal, level. There’s also Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo, but they’re only technically running, though the same could be said of Thompson. By making such a poor, illogical choice, the National Right to Life Committee’s aspirations appear to be, well, dead in the water.

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