unforced error n. A mistake made by the player and not due to the opponent’s skill or effort
Boy doesn’t that summarize this Republican primary season? Ron Paul calling for legalizing heroin. Tim Pawlenty’s debate whiff on ‘Obamneycare.’ Michele Bachmann playing the gender card. Herman Cain’s abortion answer on Piers Morgan. Let’s not forget Cain’s incoherent answers on foreign policy and his campaign’s response to the sexual harassment scandal. And how can we forget the Rick Perry brain freeze?
Which lead Slate reporter David Weigel to remark:
There are people who catch … leprechauns who are less lucky than Mitt Romney this year.
So now that Newt Gingrich rockets to the top, what happens? An unforced error.
In a story published this morning, Gingrich told ABC News that life begins at implantation. Which not only puts him at odds with the pro-life community, but also the Catholic Church which Gingrich joined as an adult just two years ago.
At risk of people saying I am cherry picking quotes or taking him out of context, here is the entire snippet on this found at ABCNews.com:
TAPPER: Abortion is a big issue here in Iowa among conservative Republican voters and Rick Santorum has said you are inconsistent. The big argument here is that you have supported in the past embryonic stem cell research and you made a comment about how these fertilized eggs, these embryos are not yet “pre-human” because they have not been implanted. This has upset conservatives in this state who worry you don’t see these fertilized eggs as human life. When do you think human life begins?
GINGRICH: Well, I think the question of being implanted is a very big question. My friends who have ideological positions that sound good don’t then follow through the logic of: ‘So how many additional potential lives are they talking about? What are they going to do as a practical matter to make this real?’
I think that if you take a position when a woman has fertilized egg and that’s been successfully implanted that now you’re dealing with life. because otherwise you’re going to open up an extraordinary range of very difficult questions
TAPPER: So implantation is the moment for you.
GINGRICH: Implantation and successful implantation. In addition I would say that I’ve never been for embryonic stem cell research per se. I have been for, there are a lot of different ways to get embryonic stem cells. I think if you can get embryonic stem cells for example from placental blood if you can get it in ways that do not involve the loss of a life that’s a perfectly legitimate avenue of approach.
What I reject is the idea that we’re going to take one life for the purpose of doing research for other purposes and I think that crosses a threshold of de-humanizing us that’s very very dangerous.
Actually it is Gingrich who doesn’t “follow through the logic” of his argument.
After all, let’s not forget that it’s the anti-child camp which wants Americans to think that life begins at implantation.
Plan B kills a baby before she implants on the uterine wall. But the company hawking this pills calls it “emergency contraception.” In fact, their ads directly lie saying: “Plan B is not the abortion pill.”
This deadly lie requires us to reject reality, to deny science. The study of biology has proven that a new human life begins once sperm and ovum unite. At that moment, you have a unique homo sapiens with her own unique DNA different than the mother. To snuff her out with Plan B is immoral.
Newt Gingrich’s answer on when human life begins is simply unacceptable. But his mistake isn’t due to timidness like when Pawlenty pulls his punch or from a profound lack of debate skills like Perry’s oops moment. No, Newt Gingrich’s error is much worse because he actually believes something which is wrong. And it has drastic consequences.