Saturday, October 20, 2012

When Eleanor Clift finds Duckworth's Party extreme on Abortion

A repost from September prompted by the Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth races turn to abortion as focal issue. Awfully hard to find Republicans as extreme when Eleanor Clift notes below Coke Roberts even found the Democratic convention over the top in terms of abortion.

When Eleanor Clift writes columns like this, it’s a sure sign Democrats have gone we too left.
Democrats voiced their unequivocal support for abortion rights at the party’s convention in Charlotte, a sharp departure from two decades of modulating their views on the issue with the phrase “safe, legal, and rare.” 
The word “rare” was sliced out of the party platform as Democrats embraced “safe and legal” abortion as an integral part of women’s health, drawing a bright line separating them from Republicans, who hardened their anti-abortion rights stance at their Tampa convention. 
Female commentators who normally identify with the Democrats, like Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and The Washington Post’s Melinda Henneberger, found the convention’s unrelenting focus on abortion rights off-putting for a party that claims a big tent. Cokie Roberts, appearing on ABC’s This Week, called the convention “over the top in terms of abortion…Every single speaker talked about abortion, and you know, at some point, you start to alienate people. Thirty percent of Democrats are pro-life.”
Democrats Push Envelope on Abortion, Drop Insistence That It Be Rare - The Daily Beast

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