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National Review is reporting that officials in the McCain campaign are calling state Republican officials around the country to gauge how much support they would lose if McCain named a pro-choice politician as his vice-presidential running mate.

National Review ‘s editorial today lays out some of the reasons that this would be a disaster. (Compare, as well, this sensible note from Jay Nordlinger on Friday.)

And U.C.L.A. law professor Stephen Bainbridge, over on his website , adds the important point that Obama’s answers at the Saddleback Forum this weekend have finally removed any ground on which the pro-lifers supporting Obama could stand. “Personally,” Bainbridge writes, “I think they’re going to have to punt on abortion and try making a double effect argument.”

What kind of political suicide would it be for McCain to choose this moment to undo the gains he’s made?



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