Here is Ms Joanne Kenen (Politico)raising the question of if Birth Control will be a good issue for Democrats to run on in 2008—Birth Control Moms?
When Reporter George Stephanopolous brought this up a couple of weeks ago I thought he was just out in left field. Now I wonder if he was just a scouting party for the Obama Election Operation. I wonder how that fits into Journalistic Ethics.
Then, last night, apparently Republican Candidate Newt Gingrich went on the offensive with CNN moderator John King, brushing past the question and going after the media for having a double standard.
I have to ask, since I didn't see the debate yesterday, did Newt really accuse the President of the United States, Barack Obama, of voting, when he was a State Senator, for allowing infanticide? Unbelievable. Is nothing sacred? And then Mr Newt said that (in the words of Left in Lowell's Jack Mitchell), our surrogates, the media, failed to question Mr Obama on this. I find it hard to believe the Press left rocks unturned.
There was some questioning, by Mr Alexander Burns, at Politico as to if Candidate Obama was not asked about this in 2008. After some hemming and hawing, Mr Burns is saying he is less sure at this point.
But, getting to Newt's point, is there some time and distance rule about abortions gone bad—that is to say the baby is still alive outside the womb? If the baby, or is it still a fetus, home free after some time, or if taken into another room? Or is the issue that once the Mother decides to kill the little tyke the tyke's days are numbered, regardless. Will the Peter Singer rules apply? Up to two years?
I believe some see a certain cynicism about all of this.
Let's be clear. The Republican candidates for the Presidential Nomination don't seem to be saying no birth control for women (or men, for that matter, given that most of the birth control I see on the shelves are the tried and true system designed to prevent disease, etc.
Abortion is a more open issue. Looking at the voters, about 80% see it as a right and about 80% see it as wrong. As Sally says, in When Harry Met Sally, "You do the math."
So, we have three issues here: Birth Control, Abortion and the fairness of the MSM. I don't think it is obvious that anyone has this all under control.
Regards — Cliff
1 year ago