Debra J. Saunders

"To talk to all America, you have to start with the proposition that we are happy that women have a different role in life" and control over their bodies, Olsen noted.

"We are a pro-life party," Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling told The New York Times, "but if we're going to be the party of fetal ultrasounds, we're going to have a problem."

Christie opposes abortion rights. He vetoed Planned Parenthood funding more than once. The difference is that Christie talks as if he knows governing is his most important mission.

--There are two kinds of Republicans: those who think Democrats are the big problem with Washington and those who blame other Republicans.

From opposing corners, Cuccinelli and Christie fall into the latter category.

Cuccinelli's tea party shut down the federal government in a failed effort to defund Obamacare. That stunt boomeranged -- and cost Cuccinelli votes from angry families of furloughed federal workers.

"Sometimes I feel like our party cares more about winning the argument than they care about winning elections," Christie told CNN. He's right. The shutdown was a bust. But if Christie wants to win in 2016, he shouldn't lecture the base. If lectures won elections, Cuccinelli would be governor-elect.

Debra J. Saunders

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