Jonathan Martin has this story at Politico.
Barack Obama's campaign earlier this month sought to find a rape victim to appear in a campaign commercial, according to an e-mail obtained by Politico.
Kiersten Steward, director of public policy at the Family Violence Prevention Fund, served as a conduit between the campaign and victims and women's advocates.
The notion of Barack Obama as victims' advocate borders on ludicrous. Violent crime is mostly a state and local matter, not one the President deals with directly. There is, however, one presidential function that has more impact on violent crime than all others put together. That is the appointment of federal judges. From what they have said about appointments so far, along with their political philosophies generally, there is not a shadow of a doubt that President Obama's appointments would be more criminal-friendly and President McCain's would be more victim-friendly. We have seen the pattern repeatedly throughout the years. The further left an executive is, the more his judicial appointees tend to side with predators against their victims. The correlation is not perfect, but it is very strong. And Barack Obama is the farthest left presidential candidate of a major party in living memory.
If the Obama campaign actually has the chutzpah to make such a pitch, let us hope that the commentators will instantly recognize it for the tripe that it would be.
(Hat tip: James Taranto at WSJ Best of the Web)