Diary

Notes from a NH prolife voter on Jindal, Bush, Carson

So long, Bobby. I haven’t forgotten, Jeb. Did you ever put your foot in your mouth this time, Dr. Ben. That’s what the past week looks like to this undecided New Hampshire prolife voter.

How can I not cheer for a guy who answers Planned Parenthood protests by showing the baby-parts videos on his lawn? Bobby Jindal may be out of the running for president, but I doubt someone with his intensity and creativity is done with public service. Too bad about that concentrate-on-Iowa strategy. Let that be a lesson to you.

Jeb Bush is not on my short list. For all his flaws as a candidate, though, it bothers me that he’s not getting enough credit from prolife voters for the way he went out on a limb a decade ago for Terri Schiavo. As Florida governor, he did what he could to prevent the starvation of a disabled woman. He caught hell for that decision, and the judiciary rendered his opinion moot, but he acted with courage. I won’t forget that.

As for the indisputably gifted Dr. Ben Carson, he pared down my candidate list with his recent remarks on Terri Schiavo’s death. Retractions or clarifications may be in the offing, but he’ll have to go a long way to clarify the assertion that the numerous judicial and legislative proceedings about feeding Schiavo were “much ado about nothing.” “You have to recognize that people that are in that condition do have a series of medical problems that occur that will take them out.” Schiavo was taken out, all right – after thirteen days without food and water.

With a little more than two months to go until the New Hampshire primary, I’m still listening and comparing. Nearly every GOP candidate is trying to appeal to pro-lifers, and that’s fine. (The Democratic candidates, on the other hand, seem to wish that those of my ilk would drop down a hole.) Even with this week’s urgent concerns about immigration and national security, the life issues are still in the mix, where they belong.