As for fooling themselves, I have to wonder whether the Obama people were spoofing [New York magazine reporter John] Heilemann at points. He quotes [Obambot David] Plouffe as saying “Let’s be clear what [Romney] would do as president,” and then summarizes: “Potentially abortion will be criminalized. Women will be denied contraceptive services. He’s far right on immigration. He supports efforts to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage.”
These claims don’t seem sustainable to me. No one seriously thinks there’s any likelihood of criminalizing abortion or banning contraception. Romney brushed off that last one in a debate.
Barone discounts the language of the lefties. In their minds, not paying every dime of the cost for the most expensive contraception for the wealthiest women in America (e.g. those who can afford the tuition at Georgetown Law School) is “banning contraception.” (Via InstaPundit.)