Saturday, April 22, 2006

George Allen Stradding Roe v. Wade

Looks like Sen. George Allen is waking up to the fact his reelection to the Senate in Virginia is not going to be a cakewalk after all.

With the recent passage by South Dakota to ban all abortions and a Senate committee in the Louisiana legislation voting 7-0 to outlaw abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned, the pesky subject of abortion is more than of passing interest to many Virginia voters; and especially women.

Add to the mix, any future presidential hopes by Allen must be weighed against the very real possibility of a loss in November.

Get Religion has a story about Allen and an interview with uber-conservative Fred Barnes of the Wall Street Journal. It seems Allen refused to give a straight answer to the question posed by Barnes on whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned or not.

George F. Allen is staring at me. The normally loquacious Virginia senator is not saying anything and neither am I. Silence hangs in the air for a few seconds.

The impasse, like so many other things in American politics, was owing to Roe v. Wade. Mr. Allen’s position is carefully demarcated: He would like to see the decision “reinterpreted” to allow states to decide the legal status of abortion. Does that mean he would like to see it overturned? He won’t say. So I suggest that Mr. Allen’s “reinterpretation” would produce precisely the same result as overturning the ruling: States would decide the fate of abortion. I pause for a response. Nothing. I get more direct. “Why won’t you say you want Roe reversed?”

Again, Mr. Allen is mum, and eventually I give up.

The article wrongly believes Allen is conflicted between the Republican libertarian camp and cultural conservatives.

Fear not, my dear pro-life amigo. If for some reason Allen wins in the fall (Democrats elect Harris Miller), you can bet your last centavo that Allen will make crystal clear his pro-life, overturn-Roe stance right after his victory is assured.

This is just so Kilgore...

Isn't this precisely the tactic Kilgore took?

I didn't think Allen was as big a wimp as Kilgore. Looks like he is.
Conservative Republicans don't want Roe v. Wade overturned ... they need it to turn out their base!

The same is true for same sex marriage ... they would have a cow if the Federal Marriage Amendment actually became law! They would no longer be able to demonize for votes!

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