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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Kerry Waffles on Abortion

I came across an interesting AP article today. Here are some excerpts worthy of mention:
Abortion-rights advocates are standing by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry despite his comments ... that he would be open to nominating anti-abortion judges.

...later, ... Kerry issued a statement pledging not to appoint anyone to the Supreme Court who would undo abortion rights. He left open the possibility of appointing anti-abortion judges to lower courts.
Did you spot the waffle? Kerry said he would appoint judges who do not share his views on abortion, then when the anti abortion groups got wind of it, he had to clarify *cough* waffle *cough*

The article continues
Leaders of the abortion-rights movement said they will continue to support Kerry over President Bush...

"There's a huge difference between Bush and Kerry on choice and this is not going to undermine the pages-long documentation that Kerry is pro-choice," said Elizabeth Cavendish, interim president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Ahahahahahahahahahahahaha. lol. No seriously, please, no more. According to the Drudge Report, Kerry is quoted in the Lowell Sun in October 1972 as saying
"It's a tragic day in the lives of everybody when abortion is looked on as an alternative to birth control or as an alternative to having a child. I think that's wrong. It should be the very last thing if it has to be anything, and I say that not just because I'm opposed to abortion but because I think that's common sense."
Pages of documentation? Give me a break. The fact that Kerry attended a pro-abortion rally recently does not prove anything... in fact, no one is sure what he really believes because no one is certain if Kerry really has beliefs. No, Kerry's waffles continue on the abortion issue. First on the very issue of abortion itself, now on the issue of judge appointment.

The article continues
On the Supreme Court, Kerry said he has voted in favor of "any number of judges who are pro-life or pro-something else that I may not agree with," some of whom were nominated by Republican presidents.

... "But that doesn't mean that if that's not the balance of the court I wouldn't be prepared ultimately to appoint somebody to some court who has a different point of view. I've already voted for people like that. I voted for Judge Scalia."

...Kerry said he regrets his vote for Scalia, saying he didn't see at the time of the vote in 1986 "such a level of ideology and partisanship" that he now sees in the justice.
Did you see the waffle? Kerry points to the fact that he voted for Scalia, saying he is willing to appoint people with different views, then, in the same interview, says he regrets voting for Scalia. Amazing. There are 2, maybe 3 obvious flip flops in this article, see if you can spot them all.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this article is that the Bush campaign is allowed to call Kerry on these waffles (even if it is buried towards the end of the article):
... Steve Schmidt, a spokesman for Bush's re-election campaign, said Kerry was trying to have it both ways. He noted Kerry's promise during the primaries to nominate to the high court only those individuals who support abortion rights.

"John Kerry's reversal today on appointing pro-choice judges shows a startling lack of conviction on an issue that someone seeking the presidency should approach with principled clarity," Schmidt said.
I might be the first to harp on this article, but I am sure I won't be the last. This is a good one... Kerry is flipping and flopping like a fish out of water.

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