10 May 2008

a quick thought...

[from abc news...]

McCain Poised to Flip on GOP Abortion Platform

In '00 and '07, McCain Called for Exceptions in GOP's Platform on Abortion for Rape, Incest, Mother's Life

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., faces enormous pressure from social conservatives to ignore his repeated commitment to change the GOP's platform on abortion.

"If he were to change the party platform," to account for exceptions such as rape, incest or risk to the mother's life, "I think that would be political suicide," said Tony Perkins, the president of the conservative Family Research Council, to ABC News. "I think he would be aborting his own campaign because that is such a critical issue to so many Republican voters and the Republican brand is already in trouble."

john mccain. "maverick."

Despite McCain's support for changing the platform in 2000 and 2007, Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., the co-chairman of McCain's Justice Advisory Committee, significantly downplays the possibility that McCain would revise the party's call for a nationwide constitutional ban on abortion with no exceptions [boldface mine].

"I don't think that's going to happen. I think you're going to see a platform process that is going to maintain that plank," said Brownback, a leading abortion rights opponent who endorsed McCain after ending his own White House bid.

john mccain. "moderate."


ps. thinking about this a few days later, i really think this, more than anything else, is illustrative of both the john mccain myth and the fact that he's been totally castrated by the republican party.

a true "maverick," and certainly a true "moderate," would buck the insane party line that is against abortion even in the cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is in peril.

for instance, surely everyone is familiar now with the austrian man who locked his daughter up in a cellar for twenty five years and fathered seven children by her. if by chance, tragically, when discovered, that woman-- a victim of imprisonment, torture, incest and rape-- was pregnant with her father's child, if the republican platform were to be followed, would we force that woman to bear that pregnancy? does that not shock the conscience?

the idea that mccain is going to tow that kind of party line both in the face of public statements he's made in the past and-- more importantly-- against all humanity and rationality, and that still he's not thought of as anything more now than just another old, mean, out- of- touch white man, is fucking laughable.

senator mccain, what happened? and how does the kool- aid taste?


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