I don't know where I stand

By AL DIAMON  |  May 9, 2013

That should give a lot of pro-choice voters pause when they consider whether to support Michaud.

Another little problem for the noncommittal congressman: There's no way a Democrat can win the governorship unless he or she wins big in the liberal 1st District. And nobody can win in the 1st District unless he or she is pro-choice.

Even in the somewhat more conservative 2nd District, polls show libertarian-leaning voters favor legal abortion and oppose most limits on it as unnecessary government intrusions. While it may not be as much of a wedge issue in northern Maine as it is down south, appearing to be wishy-washy on the subject won't help any candidate anyplace.

Expect Cutler to make the most of the congressman's refusal to take sides, in an attempt to define mush-mouthed Michaud as the second coming of 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Elizabeth (Mush Mind) Mitchell. That, combined with Michaud's generally undistinguished record during his long tenure in Washington, should give his opponents all the material they'll need to render him into the third consecutive Democratic candidate for statewide office to finish third in the general election.

To prevent that disaster, Michaud needs to come out of the closet.

On abortion, I mean. ^

Another column carried to term. Now it's your turn. Email me at aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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