Saturday, December 25, 2004

Abortion : Via Justoneminte, Democrats are struggling to figure out how to make abortion a non-issue. Kevin Drum of the Washington Monthly is way off base with this reasoning. "I'm usually in favor of more inclusive language, greater sensitivity, etc. etc. But obsessing about the emotional turmoil of getting an abortion just doesn't work. Since we fundamentally believe that there's nothing wrong with pre-viability abortion, shouldn't our job instead be to persuade women that they shouldn't feel emotionally whipsawed if they choose to get an abortion? It's awfully hard to take both sides. " If this was the strategy from the Democrats to make being emotional about abortion a bad thing, all hell would break loose for them. Abortion is not something that cannot be made emotionless like having your nails done, something that the mainstream of the party(even Howard Dean) realize is not the way to go. "....All these issues that put us into the extreme and not the mainstream really hurt us with the heartland of the country," said Donna Brazile, a Democratic Party leader who managed Al Gore's campaign in 2000. "Even I have trouble explaining to my family that we are not about killing babies." "....We ought not turn our back on pro-life people, even though the vast majority of people in this party are pro-choice," Dr. Dean said. "I don't have any objection to someone who is pro-life, if they really dedicated to the welfare of children." "If somebody is willing to stick with us who is pro-life, that means they are the right kind of pro-life person," said Dr. Dean, the former governor of Vermont. "What I don't want to do is to have a national message that makes it impossible for you to be a conservative, or to be a progressive who can't win." ....And Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, said Republicans had "been successful at painting the view of the pro-choice movement as abortion on demand - and nothing can be farther from the truth." But, this is what they have to deal with, ""I think it's a big mistake for Democrats to think they can win politically by moving away from a pro-choice stand," said Nancy Keenan, president of Naral Pro-Choice America. "It's time for Democrats to stop playing the defensive role on this issue and of doing a better job of showing how extreme the other side really is." Gloria Feldt, the president of Planned Parenthood, said Democrats "need to stop allowing the extreme, anti-choice right wing of the Republican Party to paint them into a corner where all they talk about is abortion. We have the high ground here if we focus our policy and our discussion on the prevention of unintended pregnancies." There is the make it emotionless tact that will not work and the disconnect from the mainstream by calling all those who are talking about abortion the extreme right wing. Bill Clinton's "safe but rare" bit was enough in some cases make the issue moot if the voters felt the candidate wasn't for abortion on demand, but at this point with people like Feldt and Keenan, not even that would be effective.

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