Ross pushes back against those who think that he was wrong not to better engage with Doug Kmiec.
Personally, I'm less interested in anyone playing nice with one particular thinker than I am in the GOP recognizing that the Republican Party platform, and Republican party orthodoxy, hold extremist views on abortion that are hurting them with the moderate electorate. Now, I find this position entirely consistent with their rhetoric: if we really are having a Holocaust of the unborn, if every abortion really is murder, then an extreme response is necessary. But that's not the way most Americans seem to feel about abortion, which is that it's a profoundly sad but sometimes necessary practice that should be legal early on in the pregnancy and then more harshly restricted the closer to birth you go. I think it behooves reformers like Douthat to consider whether the extremist option on abortion is politically self-defeating, and if it would make more sense to pursue a compromise position-- particularly given the inability of Republican dominance to produce the kind of law on abortion they'd desire.