In his original column accusing Bob Dole of showing Roy Moore the way to win in Alabama, former Johnson County publisher Steve Rose made something of an error.
Rose and/or the Kansas City Star corrected the error but have passed it off as an “update.” Here is how it reads:
“This column originally misstated Dole’s and Roy’s backgrounds entering the 1974 election. It has also been updated to reflect how a top Roy campaign adviser described abortions the doctor performed.”
The “Roy” is Democrat Bill Roy. Roy, an OB-GYN and a lawyer, challenged Bob Dole for the Kansas senate seat in 1974, the first post-Watergate election and a very bad one for Republicans. Roy was leading in the polls until, writes Rose, “Dole brought abortion into his campaign, attacking OB-GYN Roy for performing thousands of abortions.”
There is no documentation for the “thousands of abortions” assertion, which claim Rose undercuts in the next sentence by writing “the Dole campaign gave the impression Roy had performed many abortions.” There is a big difference between “many” and “thousands.”
The reader has no way of knowing what the campaign adviser said in the uncorrected column–or when he said it–but this time Rose has the adviser saying that Roy performed “less than a handful” of abortions, meaning four or fewer.
Rose qualifies that quote with his own modifiers to read, “One of the Democrat’s top campaign advisers says Roy may have legally performed ‘less than a handful’ of abortions, and only under dire circumstances.”
As corrected, the sentence is meaningless. “May have performed?” As to the “dire circumstances”–Rose’s assertion–the reader may recall George Tiller’s ongoing lie that his thousands of late term abortions were performed to save the life or health of the mother. In reality, 95 percent of them had nothing to do with the mother’s life or health.
In any case, Rose accuses Dole of running the first campaign post-Roe v. Wade on the abortion issue, a strategy Moore is emulating in Alabama. “If Moore prevails, as he undoubtedly will, he should be tipping his hat to Bob Dole,” concludes Rose.
Some 60 million dead later it is a shame that Dole never took his campaign promises seriously. The fear in establishment circles, Democrat and Republican, is that Roy Moore will.