Does Gov. Sarah Palin have the Democrats completely and utterly rattled?
What on earth is going on?
Politico's Jonathan Martin reports that South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler told a Politico reporter today that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had chosen a running mate" whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion."
Palin is an ardent opponent of abortion rights and earlier this year gave birth to her fifth child, Trig, who has Down Syndrome.
South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson today called Fowler’s statement "offensive, outrageous and -- most importantly –- dead wrong. Gov. Sarah Palin is a strong pro-life, pro-family, reform-minded conservative with meaningful experience, whose message has resonated in South Carolina. Fowler's statement is born out of desperation from a campaign that is sputtering across the South. Carol Fowler should immediately apologize. Her remarks are unbecoming of a party leader and demonstrate poor judgment."
UPDATE: Obama campaign spox Nicholas Shapiro says, “She was not speaking for our campaign -– just as John McCain has said state parties don’t speak for him. But, obviously, this does not reflect our view."
UPDATE 2: Fowler has issued a statement, saying, "I personally admire and respect the difficult choices that women make everyday, and I apologize to anyone who finds my comment offensive. I clumsily was making a point about people in South Carolina who may vote based on a single issue. Whether it’s the environment, the economy, the war or a woman’s right to choose, there are people who will cast their vote based on a single issue. That was the only point I was attempting to make."