It should go without saying that Roe v. Wade will never be over-turned if those three things happen. Even a one-term Clinton presidency will give her at least two picks for the USSC. And we can all expect picks with the ideology of a Laurence Tribe (or maybe an Alan Dershowitz) coming from President Rodham Clinton.
On the other hand, a President McCain may well pick judges who think like Chief Justice John Roberts. And that would provide at least some hope that Roe could be over-turned.
When it appeared that Rudy Giuliani was the front runner for the Republican nomination Ann said she could never support him for president because he is pro-choice. But Giuliani is a pro-choice Republican who opposes partial-birth abortion. Clinton is a pro-choice Democrat who supports partial-birth abortion. Why does the same litmus test not apply? What explains the inconsistency in Coulter’s position?
The answer is really very simple: Ann Coulter cares more about selling books than she cares about saving babies.
When I first became a columnist and author a pastor named Dan Phillips met with me and asked “Mike, if you keep doing this for years, how will you stick to your conservative principles instead of just doing it for the money?”
I answered by telling Dan that I would place a cap on the amount of money I make on speeches. Since then, I’ve kept my promise. I haven’t raised the maximum amount I will accept. I’ve also talked people down when they offered me more money. I don’t ever want this to be about the money.
And, today, I’m taking another step in the direction of maintaining my integrity as a commentator – one I hope Ann Coulter will consider copying. Today, I am giving away any future payments (not jut sales bonuses) but all future royalties for my new book “Feminists Say the Darnedest Things” to my favorite charity the Hope 127 Project, based in Kenya, Africa. As long as I live, I’ll never draw another penny from Penguin for sales of this book.
It’s good to know that when you buy my book you’ll be helping to give shelter to little boys and little girls the world seems to have discarded. It’s also good to take a break from decrying what is clearly wrong by doing something that is clearly right.
But a part of me is just being selfish. I’ve seen how ugly it can be to sell out your principles for the love of money. I don’t ever want to be that ugly.