Mike Gallagher
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A radical in the White House. Is it really possible?

When all the sniping and dust-ups of the 2008 presidential campaign are over, it sure is going to be fascinating to see if “the anointed one” – Barack Obama – meets the expectations of a breathless, fawning media (will we ever forget Chris Matthews of MSNBC moaning about the “thrill up (my) leg” that he gets when Sen. Obama speaks?) and winds up winning the presidency.

If he does, this simply has to be the first time in American history that we will have a true radical as commander-in-chief.

This isn’t hyperbole. I don’t state this in order to shock or even offend. It’s a fact.

When even the Washington Post publishes an article entitled, “Obama’s Abortion Extremism”, you know that something astonishing is going on here.

Whether Obama-maniacs, or whatever they’re called these days, choose to admit it or not, Sen. Obama has a stunningly radical belief about babies.

By now, we all recognize that this is one very slick, carefully packaged candidate. He is a man who rarely, if ever, gives a speech without his trusty teleprompter, always focused with laser-like intensity on reading the words as they scroll from top to bottom on the tiny glass screens.

But like the buffoonish soap opera character in the movie classic, “Tootsie”, if he has to go off the prompter and actually ad-lib how he feels, there’s trouble in River City, my friends. Big trouble.

And last week’s mistake about his daughters and hypothetical pregnancy issues showed just how extreme the man is.

The line was quick – a throwaway, actually – but Sen. Obama said that he would never want his own daughter, in the event of a “crisis pregnancy”, to be “punished with a baby.”

I guess “crisis pregnancy” is one of those convenient Planned Parenthood-type terms that make people feel more comfortable about aborting a baby. Perhaps I’m just a little naïve in believing that there’s nothing crisis-like about bringing an innocent, beautiful baby into the world, even through an unplanned pregnancy.

But “punished with a baby?” Wow. Obama’s characterization of the miracle of birth is enough to make even the looniest of radicals cringe.

The abortion debate will always be with us. Many people have argued with me that an unborn baby is just a blob of tissue, a non-viable, non-living mass of cells that isn’t really a human being. And while I strenuously argue with them, I’m able to at least understand the argument.

There can be no such understanding for the horrible, wicked procedure called “partial birth abortion.”

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Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher is a nationally syndicated radio host, Fox News Channel contributor and guest host and author of 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate.