When I read that Sam Brownback had dropped out of the race, my immediate reaction was that this would be good news for Mitt Romney.
In light of Brownback’s comments yesterday, I’m wondering whether he dropped out specifically to help Romney:

The Kansas senator did acknowledge, however, that he is convinced the Republican Party will nominate a “pro-life candidate,” and he feels that Giuliani does not fit the bill. “Governor Romney’s certainly taken a pro-life position now,” Brownback said to reporters after his speech. “We’ll see if that’s something that can persuade the American public. My criticism of [Romney] has been that you need someone that believes in the cause to persuade the American public, and if it’s seen as switching on a lot of topics it’s tough to persuade the American public. Mayor Giuliani has said he’s pro-choice.”

That sounds like a tacit endorsement of Romney.
But it makes me wonder about something else.
Since when is abortion the number one issue for the president of the United States?
I realize people have strong feelings all the way around. I have mixed feelings and I have discussed them. But what exactly is the president going to do about it one way or the other? He’s charged with faithfully executing the laws of the United States, and his powers are limited. True, he could sign or veto abortion legislation (and that could possibly be sustained or thrown out by the Supreme Court), but he’d be charged with enforcing the laws on the books, and little more. There’s no magic wand for the president to wave which could either “save the unborn” or further “doom” them. And even if we suppose that the Supreme Court were to do something so dramatic as to reverse Roe v. Wade, then abortion would become even less of a presidential concern as it would revert completely to the states.
My intent here is not to debate the merits of the abortion issue, but to express concern that the GOP is plagued with a lack of imagination, and possibly hamstrung by single-issue contingencies.
Meanwhile, Hillary is becoming a walking encyclopedia of moderation, and while she barely mentions abortion these days, she has done her damnedest to make herself appear as abortion-unfriendly as possible. Unless she’s caught waving a coathanger at a NOW convention, the Republicans will be painted as shrill and obsessed.
And Hillary will fall back on her previous statements that abortion is “a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women,” and:

There is no reason why government cannot do more to educate and inform and provide assistance so that the choice guaranteed under our constitution either does not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.

We’re not going to beat Hillary Clinton by acting like Hillary Clinton,” said Romney yesterday.
Neither will Hillary.
MORE: And here’s another important issue — headlined “Republican Candidates Unite In Disgust Of Harry Potter.”
That was before today’s announcement that Dumbledore is gay.
Hey, these are serious issues. Get with the program!