As a thirty-year Republican pushed to the margins by a Party which has made abortion its first test of loyalty I’m struck by this question about the Party’s latest heroine:
“An interesting debate has been going on out of the media limelight. Sarah Palin’s decision earlier this year to have an amniocentesis to determine if her unborn child had Down Syndrome is not uncontroversial among pro-lifers. I’d be curious to find out from women readers, especially pro-life women readers, what their views of amniocentesis are, and how common it is for totally principled pro-life pregnant women to consent to having them. The reason for the debate is two-fold: a) if you are not considering an abortion, there isn’t much point in having an amniocentesis; and b) much more important for a pro-lifer, an amniocentesis poses a small but real risk to the life of an unborn child. According to the Christian News Service:”
Palin also believes in contraception contrary to most in her religous wing of the GOP. I agree with her. As a young Mother who gave birth eight months after she eloped I think that’s a very rational decision on her part. But its not part the Party line.
Gerry Ford is one of theÂ four Presidents I’ve seen albeit before he became President. He spoke to the summer interns in 1971 when I was in WashingtonÂ and welcomed us to D.C.
I was very partial to Ford and when Ronald Reagan attempted to wrest the GOP nomination from him in 1976 I was a strong Ford partisan. I always blamed Bob Dole for his defeatÂ even thoughÂ most people blamedÂ his lossÂ on the Nixon pardon. I thought the pardon wasÂ the rightÂ thing to do.
I just read this bruising critique of Ford byÂ Christopher Hitchens which is worth a read. Whenever everyone startsÂ starts acting like a herd (andÂ almost everyone has been saying nice things about Ford)Â its worth paying attention to the dissenters. Hitchens hasn’t changed my mind though. I’m still a Ford fan.
Years ago when the current President was still out of control his father had him talk toÂ Billy GrahmÂ to help straighten him out.
As President the junior Bush made a point of saying that he listened to his Father…the one in heaven implying that he wasn’t inclined to pay any heed to his own Father’s advice. Now, many people are pointing to the Iraq Study Group as the latest intervention by the elder Bush to help his struggling Son.
YesterdayÂ the former President broke up repeatedly in talking about the honor of his son – Florida Governor Jeb Bush.Â
Andrew Sullivan speculates that it is because the former President is grateful to have at least one son whoÂ wh is livingÂ up to the high standardsÂ the elder BushÂ would like, or would have liked, both his sons to live up to.
I found this link to fundementalist cheerleader Dr. James Dobson. This page has a link to Minnesota on a mapÂ but the linkÂ only mentions two Minnesota races that Dobson’s people are watching. One is theÂ Senate race and the other is the Bachman/Wetterling race. The way things are shaping up Dr. Dobson might find two or three other “conservative” Minnesota CongressmanÂ in Jeopardy.
In the Wetterling/Bachman race it may be Congressional Democrats who kill Wetterling. I ran accross a DFLer’s blog who agonized about the nasty anti-Bachman ads which he speculated might hurt Wetterling more than Bachman with voters non plussed by their negativity.