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Such An Uncle Sam

By Jesse Taylor
Monday, July 7, 2008 21:24 EDT
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imageI’m supposed to be shocked by the image in this post, according to David Brody. I’m more impressed that they even changed the skin color on the hand, myself.

Let’s be clear here – anti-choicers are always going to paint every Democrat with even the slightest pro-choice inclinations as someone who will spend our resources on arming every doctor in the nation with forceps and pre-signed consent forms so that they can pounce on pregnancies from the first utterance of the phrase, “There are two lines, what does that mean?” This isn’t shocking or out there, particularly for people who’ve followed the choice battle for any length of time. In fact, as attacks go, particularly from people who like to hold up six foot tall pictures of bloody fetuses, this is pretty damn genteel – and we got our photoshopped Uncle Sam Obama weeks before I thought we would.

More from Brody:

This is Obama’s challenge with Evangelicals. He can talk about the social justice issues all he wants and yes, it resonates to a certain extent but unless he moves on abortion (not likely) he’ll have a problem. If he shows some support for parental notification laws or the annual fetal pain bill that moves through Congress then that will help insulate him to a degree on the extremist abortion tag.

The bigger issue here for the Obama campaign is just how widespread and vocal pro-life groups may end up being on this issue. Obama can’t afford the extreme liberal tag and if these groups continue to pound home the abortion theme, it doesn’t fit the narrative that Obama needs to be successful.

This, of course, presumes that there is no pro-choice constituency worthy of mention, and also betrays the idea that all evangelicals are similarly conservative, anti-choice and willing to vote only on those two planks. He’s pro-choice, and that’s simply where he is – any position he takes is inevitably going to alienate some section of the electorate, and as much as this goodhearted, totally independent advice resonates to the very core of our baby-hating beings, the anti-choice right will portray him as an extremist no matter what. If the worst that they’re going to do is declare Obama the president of some magical black abortion-happy America, I’d love that comparatively elevated level of debate.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
 
 
 
 
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