Barack Obama is President today because he cultivated a veneer of moderation that made a greater impression on voters than his voting record. On no issue was this clearer than abortion. I’ve talked to committed pro-life voters — evangelicals, catholics, and others — who told me that this country needed change above all. And anyway they assured, this man was clearly not the extremist that he was characterized as.
Never mind his opposition to a partial-birth abortion ban. Never mind his unwillingness to talk about when life begins. Never mind his better-than-NARAL record of supporting abortion rights. Never mind his firm defense of abortion during the Democratic primaries. Never mind his vote to allow minors to cross state lines to get an abortion. Never mind his vote against notifying parents when their children cross state lines to obtain an abortion. Never mind his clear record in support of abortion, throughout his career. This man, I was told, is a moderate.
Well, moderation is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose, but it’s being reported that tomorrow Barack Obama will repeal the existing restriction on the use of taxpayer dollars to finance and promote abortion abroad.
During the presidential election, pro-life groups issued a clarion call to voters telling them their tax money would be used if Obama were elected and saying he would likely reverse the Mexico City Policy immediately after taking office.
The capital publication Congressional Quarterly reports that top Washington officials tell it that the incoming president will reverse the pro-life measure on his first day as president, on Wednesday.
When Obama overturns the limits on global abortions, he will do so over the objections of dozens of members of Congress.
Once Obama puts pen to paper and allows Planned Parenthood to push for more abortions throughout the world — and to do it on Uncle Sam’s dime — how will Obama’s squad of Vichy ‘pro-lifers’ defend him? They’ll probably attempt to shift attention to other things — like all the money that Obama intends to borrow in order to lavish on children who do survive. And they’ll point out that Obama is no more of a pro-abortion militant than Bill Clinton, who also repealed the Mexico City policy during his administration.
They’ll be right of course — on paper he’ll be no worse than Bill Clinton — at least for the time being. Of course, no conservative ever tried to paint Clinton as a friend of pro-lifers, or even a moderate on abortion. If Obama will at least stop trying to play the sensible middle of the roader, his act might eventually be as easy to take as Clinton’s was.
And if you never would have imagined that Slick Willie would compare favorably to Barack Obama when it came to questions like ‘who do you trust,’ and ‘who’s less likely to lie to you,’ we sure have come a long way.