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Fool Me Twice (the repackaging of Hillary Clinton)
Catholic Exchange ^ | March 22, 2005 | James K. Fitzpatrick

Posted on 03/22/2005 11:39:05 AM PST by NYer

We have all heard the saying, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” We are about to see if large numbers of Catholics are going to fall into the “shame on me” category.

Many of us bought into the repackaging of Bill Clinton in his two runs for the presidency. He got the majority of the Catholic vote in both elections. Hillary Clinton is involved in a similar attempt to redefine herself, especially on the abortion question. We’ll see if Catholics bite this time. The New York Times praised her recently for working to “define a promising path” toward “common ground” with Americans opposed to legal abortions and for “deftly shifting the focus of the abortion discussion to where there is the broadest agreement, and where President Bush’s policy failure is most apparent — namely, abortion prevention.”

Senator Clinton adopted her new stance in a speech in Albany, New York, to a group of over 1000 abortion-rights supporters. After reaffirming her support for Roe v. Wade, she went on to urge both sides in the abortion debate to find ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies and ultimately reduce the number of abortions performed in the country. The Times reports that Senator Clinton had “warm words” for opponents of legal abortion and that she praised the influence of “religious and moral values on delaying teenage girls from becoming sexually active.” The Times observed that the Democrats’ defeat in last November’s elections led Senator Clinton “to recalibrate the party’s thinking about new restrictions on abortion.”

Several other prominent “pro-choice” Democrats are joining Hillary in this new stance. Senator Charles Schumer of New York, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign, is seeking to persuade Robert P. Casey Jr., Pennsylvania’s state treasurer, to challenge Senator Rick Santorum, an outspoken opponent of abortion on demand, in 2006. The younger Casey is the son of former Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey, who denounced the Democrats for refusing to let him speak at their 1992 convention on behalf of Democrats who shared his pro-life views. The wire service stories report that Schumer is encouraging the younger Casey to run as an open opponent of abortion rights. “He was very welcoming and very candid about the party’s need to speak for a broad section of Americans,” said Casey in an interview.

Inside the Passion of the ChristHoward Dean, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee, joined the chorus. At a speech in Jackson, Mississippi on March 1st, he told the crowd that Democrats “should reach out to people who are worried about values. We are going to embrace pro-life Democrats because pro-life Democrats care about kids after they’re born, not just before they’re born.”

And what is wrong with all this? Isn’t it a good sign that the Democrats are recognizing that it is not in their best interests to be identified as the party of abortion on demand and partial-birth abortion?

It would be, if they were not merely conning us; if they were not merely making it look as if the party is less doctrinaire on the matter of abortion, while continuing to do everything in their power to maintain the status quo. And that is what is happening. What Hillary and the others are engaged in is an attempt to blur the Democrats’ pro-abortion image sufficiently to win enough swing votes to carry the day at the ballot box, while doing nothing to end the reality of abortion on demand.

Is that an unfair charge? I say no. Coincidence or not, on the same day that Senator Clinton delivered her speech in New York, the new Democratic leader in the US Senate, Harry Reid of Nevada, introduced a bill he calls the “First Prevention Act.” It was more specific than Senator Clinton about how the Democrats plan to “reduce the number of abortions.” His bill calls for funding for more sex education, “including but not limited to abstinence counseling,” expanded access to family-planning services for low-income women, greater availability of “morning-after emergency contraception” for all women, and legislation to mandate that health care plans include contraceptives for women. That is what Senator Reid means by being pro-life.

Schumer was equally calculating about his call for openness toward pro-life Democrats. He told “pro-choice” Democrats that it would serve their cause if a pro-life Democrat like Robert Casey were to replace Rick Santorum. He argued that abortion rights groups should worry about Republicans, not pro-life Democrats, if they wanted to preserve Roe v. Wade. “What we find is that even the most pro-choice Republican senators just vote down the line for judges that are chomping at he bit to overturn Roe,” he said.

Clever, no? Schumer is arguing that if Democrats back a pro-life candidate such as Casey, they will soften their image as the party of abortion on demand, while at the same time increasing the chances for a Democratic majority in the Senate, which will increase the odds that the votes will be there to ensure that abortion on demand will never come to an end.

The Times understands the calculus. Its report noted that if the Democrats alter their rhetoric, perhaps even indicate a willingness to enact more restrictive laws on partial-birth abortion, they will appeal to the swing voter who is “uncomfortable with partial-birth abortion but who favors public funding for comprehensive family planning services.”

Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for Free Choice, is doing her part in this effort. (The pro-abortion Democrats have put together a full-court press on this one, haven’t they?) In an article in the winter 2004/2005 issue of the group’s quarterly, she agreed that supporters of legal abortion need to find a way to free themselves from the image that they are “reluctant even to consider whether or not fetal life has a value.” As you might expect, she blames pro-life groups for this state of affairs, arguing that their “obstinate insistence” that all abortions be outlawed is what has forced those on the “pro-choice” side to counter with a defense of an absolute right to abortion on demand, even partial-birth abortion, as if there were no moral or legal dimension to ending a pregnancy.

Kissling recognizes that this doctrinaire defense of abortion is counter-productive; that it can no longer be sold politically in an age where sonograms of children in the womb make clear that a fetus is human life. Her objective is to come up with a platform for those who favor legal abortion that will affirm that fetal life “has value” without restricting access to legal abortion.

So there’s the strategy — Hillary Clinton’s, Charles Schumer’s, Harry Reid’s, Howard Dean’s, Frances Kissling’s: Permit pro-life Democrats to speak their piece as a powerless minority within the party, employ sad-faced rhetoric about the gravity of ending a pregnancy, indicate a willingness to discuss some vague restrictions on partial-birth abortions — all for the purpose of protecting Roe v. Wade and promoting the Democrats’ agenda for increased federal funding for “family planning.”

Clinton advisor Harold Ickes described the strategy in an interview for New York magazine (February 21). He said, “The issue of choice is deeply, deeply felt. We progressives can’t dismiss people who feel to the contrary. This is a helpful dialogue Hillary’s opened up.” He added, “Bill Clinton’s main plaint was that we Democrats, primarily Kerry, were ignoring the issues of abortion, guns, and gay marriage to our peril.”

Will it work? Will enough Catholic swing voters be won over by Hillary’s repositioning of herself for her to win the presidency in 2008? I am not the best one to make odds on that. I never thought her husband would be able to package himself in a way that would attract Catholic voters. We shall see.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; commonground; contraception; democrats; dissent; hillary; hillaryclinton; morningafter; prolife
Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for Free Choice, is doing her part in this effort.

Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) Promotes artificial contraceptive "rights," including abortion. Their focus is the "intersection of Catholic teaching and public policy." Bishop Bruskewitz excommunicated those that belong to this group in his Diocese. Member of Catholic Organizations for Renewal. They have been condemned by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB).


1 posted on 03/22/2005 11:39:05 AM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 03/22/2005 11:39:58 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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3 posted on 03/22/2005 11:40:29 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: NYer

"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with
social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most
successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal.
We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro
population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if
it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." BY MARGARET SANGER, THE FOUNDER OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD

This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 10 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated "Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 31 million, the missing 10 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America's Black community would now number 41 million persons. It would be 35 percent larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member."

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America.
78% of their clinics are in minority communities.

Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are blacks being targeted? Isn't that genocide?

Blacks are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant.

Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the "Negro Project" designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." Is her vision being fulfilled today?

Don't you wonder why the likes of Jesse Jackson or the NAACP and Al Sharpton have never adressed the staggering numbers of Blacks killing their own? Are they the "colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities" that Margaret Sanger was looking for?

4 posted on 03/22/2005 11:50:40 AM PST by beansox
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To: beansox

You know shrillary is going to have to get that HEAD BOBBING fixed.

5 posted on 03/22/2005 11:52:05 AM PST by spokeshave (Strategery + Schardenfreude = Stratenschardenfreudery)
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To: NYer

Planned Parenthood and NARAL are probably giving Hillary big-time contributions for this effort and probably coming up with "ghost" organizations to make it look like Hillary has "pro-lifers" working for her...

6 posted on 03/22/2005 12:07:07 PM PST by topher (Pray for our leaders -- Pray for Justice for Terri Schiavo -- let her live!)
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To: beansox
Blacks are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant.

Statistics on America's black population:
2000: 35.8 million, 12.7% of the population
2040: 55.9 million, 14.3% of the population

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Projections

Over the same time period, the multi-racial population will rise from 7 million to 18 million, or 2.5% of the U.S. population to 4.7%. A large proportion will have a black parent or grandparent.

"Insignificance" is not on the horizon.
7 posted on 03/22/2005 12:09:16 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: beansox
With the elevated incidence of crime ten million less is not as much of the tragedy you portray it to be.
8 posted on 03/22/2005 12:22:29 PM PST by aspiring.hillbilly
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To: NYer
Fool Me Never

9 posted on 03/22/2005 12:34:04 PM PST by Tuba Guy (Imagine Hillareah in the White House and BJ in the UN.....they do)
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To: NYer

Catholic BUMP (and I'm not one)

10 posted on 03/22/2005 1:28:40 PM PST by Christian4Bush ("In Common" for 1000, Alex: Beached whale, terrorist, juvenile murder 1. "Whom can U not starve?")
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11 posted on 03/22/2005 1:36:25 PM PST by Mr. Silverback ('Cow Tipping', a game the whole family can play!)
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To: NYer

Heck, there are people on this forum who are already backing Hillary because she is telling them what they want to hear.

12 posted on 03/22/2005 1:39:58 PM PST by COEXERJ145
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To: NYer

My feeling is that Hillary had a shot at remaking herself with the Terri Schiavo case - but she failed too. I don't think she has a hope in hell now.

13 posted on 03/22/2005 1:41:13 PM PST by SweetPilotofCanuckistan
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To: SweetPilotofCanuckistan

She will do anything to get the big prize....there
are a lot of plans being made for the run..and it
won't be revealed until after the '06 election. I
think that Kerry is out and it will be between
Edwards and is the game..and she
will have plenty as the chips will be flying..
Vegas style...Brace yourself.... Jake

14 posted on 03/22/2005 1:46:24 PM PST by sanjacjake
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And B.Clinton said that abortion should be safe, legal and rare and then did absolutley nothing to make it rare.
I have no doubt that Hillary has promised the pro-aborts that all this is talk and not to worry.
Liars, both.

15 posted on 03/22/2005 1:55:51 PM PST by georgia peach
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To: NYer

Hopefully, the advent of the New Media will blunt the lies Hitlery Clinton tries to export in her quest for power.

16 posted on 03/22/2005 2:37:15 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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