Eric Cantor in the Gynecologist's Office

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Oct. 29 2012 10:59 AM

Eric Cantor in the Gynecologist's Office

The new TV ad from Wayne Powell, the Democrat running against Eric Cantor, elevates this year's transvaginal ultrasound/legitimate rape meme-ery to something special.

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Cantor's 7th district is, typically, strongly Republican. In 2008, Barack Obama won only 46 percent of the vote here, and it represented a huge Democratic surge from 2004. But it's interesting that Powell's strategist, Mudcat Saunders, is closing on a "watch out, women" message. Previous Cantor challengers have tried to run as country-fried populists and gotten nowhere. The recent successful Democratic campaigns -- Kaine 2005, Webb 2006, Obama 2008 -- have done a little bit of that, but pulled northern Virginia voters away from the GOP with social issues.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.