The only people attacking Alito for his abortion ruling are the usual nuts – Planned Parenthood, NARAL, People for the American Way and senators from New York and California (or what CBS thinks of as "the American heartland").
So confident are the Democrats about the popularity of their stance on abortion that the day after Alito's nomination, Senate Democrats shut down the Senate so they wouldn't be forced to talk about Alito.
Minority Leader Harry Reid dramatically invoked an obscure Senate rule to close the Senate for two hours, putatively in order to rehash old arguments about the Iraq war in closed session. In other words, Reid demanded more transparency in government by shutting the doors, throwing out the public, dimming the lights, and turning off the TV cameras in the chambers of the U.S. Senate.
That night, the cable news shows were fixated on Reid's weird stunt – and Senate Democrats narrowly avoided having to talk about Alito's abortion ruling for one more day.
If this is not a coincidence, let's see how long it takes Harry Reid to go on television and state his position on a wife having to notify her husband before getting an abortion. Heck, I'd settle for seeing Harry Reid definitively adopt any position on legalized abortion.
The nuts are perplexed. Why aren't Senate Democrats screaming from rooftops: "This is a judge who would force women to tell their husbands before they have an abortion! Are you people listening?"
Maybe the Democrats aren't running from their base. Maybe they're trying to help NARAL by preventing anyone from finding out about their agenda. If only Democrats could get the American people to believe that a group with the words "abortion" and "rights" in its name is some kind of benevolent little charity that holds bake sales.
Believe me, you don't want the Democrats out there reminding the American people that it's a constitutional right to abort a baby five minutes before birth. I understand that People for the American Way thinks it is "the American way" for wives not to tell their husbands about an abortion. But that's because they need to get out more.
In a 2003 Gallup poll, 72 percent of respondents favored a law requiring the husband of a woman to be notified if she decides to have an abortion. To put it another way, only 28 percent of Americans hold the position that married men have absolutely no reproductive rights whatsoever (but a lot of responsibilities!).
Upward of 60 percent of self-described "liberals" and "Democrats" favored husbands being notified of their wives' abortions. This is consistent with polls going back a decade.
If these poll results don't sound right to you, try crossing Central Park sometime. You'll find another part of Manhattan that's not the Upper West Side. Or do something wild and visit Queens or Staten Island. You won't even have to leave New York City! See how normal people react to the idea of a woman being required to tell her husband that she's having an abortion.
In the past few years, the Democrats have had to run from big government, gun control, welfare, criminal rights and gay marriage. With the Alito nomination, it looks like the Democrats are going to have to renounce the NARAL ladies or prepare for another sad day after the 2006 elections.
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