You cannot win the war without winning the battles. A strategic retreat on rape mean LESS ABORTION. But, as proved by Akin and Mourdock, being "prinicpled", as you call it, means MORE ABORTION. So, why is more abortion better? Why is an all or nothing approach good? Considering that 2 Senate seats went to pro-abortion candidates -- seats that could have helped REDUCE abortion -- seems a high price to pay for a very small number of abortions. Or, as they said in the old days, you are stooping over to pick up pennies while dollars fall out of your pockets.