A reader nails it:
Of course "Party of Death" is a hit-piece on the Democratic Party. Ponnuru has chosen his issues (abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research) as his ‘death’ issues to achieve (in my view anyway) a predetermined outcome i.e. the Democrats are the Party of Death. He’s gaming the conversation. One could easily (and perhaps should) write a book focussing on US infant mortality rates, universal health care, Just War Doctrine, inhumane treatment of prisoners, capital punishment, and sex education. Guess who’s in the Party of Death now?
I’d rather avoid equating any political party with something as profound and as universal as "death." But Ponnuru is a Republican; and his book is part of a partisan project.