Why didn't these cultural stands come up in Boston? Why didn't these "reporters" point out that the Democrats didn't offer a single big speaker who was pro-life? Where was their convention speaker who supported the Federal Marriage Amendment? Which party has "room" for disagreement, and which one does not?
Consider the reality of the Democratic party outside their convention halls. They are divided on abortion. Here's the list of Senate Democrats who voted for a partial-birth abortion ban last year: Let's start with Tom Daschle and Harry Reid, the two leaders of the Senate minority, no less, and then add the names Evan Bayh, John Breaux, Robert Byrd, Tom Carper, Kent Conrad, Ernest Hollings, Tim Johnson, Mary Landrieu, Patrick Leahy, Blanche Lincoln, Zell Miller, Ben Nelson and Mark Pryor -- that's 15 Democrats. On the recent vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment, three Democrats voted for it -- Byrd, Miller and Nelson. Is there "room" in the Democratic Party for these politicians? Brokaw never asked.
In Boston one afternoon, he did politely wonder to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius if the Kerry-Edwards ticket should "pay more attention to the cultural issues" in Kansas, where "poor counties ... care deeply about their faith and about guns and about the flag, and they are in opposition to same-sex marriages, which is a big issue in this state?" Good, but not enough. Brokaw did not tell her that the Democrats had "no room" for conservatives, even moderates, just as he had alleged in reverse about Republicans.
Now consider the reality of public opinion. On partial-birth abortion, Gallup reports that 68 percent of Americans oppose it, and only 25 percent favor abortion in every grotesque manifestation. In the crucial swing state of Missouri, 71 percent voted for an amendment to protect traditional marriage. But to the media, these issues are a unique political headache for ... Republicans? Tom Brokaw didn't find time to mention how Democrats have scrambled to prevent marriage-protection votes in states like Michigan, fearing the issue will kill Democratic chances at the polls.
There is only one question for the Brokaws at convention's end. Does your network have any room for disagreement on the necessity of abortion on demand or the correctness of the gay agenda? From their fantasy-world projections on the social issues, it would seem the network newsrooms could use a little more viewpoint diversity before they're truly prepared to cover party conventions with any semblance of fairness or accuracy.
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