Don’t celebrate too soon, conservatives: you might have pressured the media into covering that “local crime story” out of Philadelphia, but Salon’s Irin Carmon reminds you that conservatives didn’t get what they “wanted” from #Gosnell. Kermit Gosnell might have been convicted of murdering three babies, but the case of this “lone outlaw” won’t have any national repercussions, politically speaking. In other words, the story might have blown up nationally, but clean, safe, affordable abortion mills around the nation will continue to hum along, providing their special brand of health care for women. You wasted your time.

Thing is, isn’t every story just a local story? Something about Gosnell must have commanded the attention of the nation.

That was a C-SPAN simulcast at best. Didn’t Rush Limbaugh have something to do with that story going national?

That rhetorical point, essentially, is that “people who, whatever their individual feelings on abortion, think it should be safe and legal still think that.” Perhaps some defenders of late-term abortion had their doubts when hearing the gut-wrenching testimony about a screaming newborn being silenced — but that unpleasantness is behind us now, and with Gosnell tidily put away thanks to the justice system, it’s OK again to “see no evil.”

So, what is it that conservatives really “wanted” that they didn’t get?