It is becoming almost commonplace for liberals who writeÂ aboutÂ abortion to offer a personal story, often told rather breezily,Â about procuring/cooperating in/undergoing an abortion.Â These op-eds have become a form of confession.Â New York Times editor Bill Keller, some time back,Â wrote a second-thoughts column about abortionÂ similar to Cohen's.Â But what jumps out inÂ these columns, which invariably stress that the author is still "pro-choice,"Â is the absence of any direct mention of the victim of the injustice, the unborn child. Hillary Clinton, orÂ Cohen,Â or any other liberalÂ reworking their position,Â will speak of abortion as a tragedy. But for whom?Â The child? No, they can't quite say that, otherwise their pro-choice position crumbles. TheÂ victim, normally so prominentÂ when liberalsÂ allow people to feel their moralÂ agony,Â is left hidden.
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It was the prominently-placed "George Clooney on Keeping America Free" on the masthead of a glossy magazine that arrived in my mailbox recently which drove me to sigh and promptly insert said glossy into the wastebasket. For Keeping America Free is not a subject that I have any interest in hearing from George Clooney about.
But it is refreshing to come across a celebrity who uses his position responsibly and takes the time to study and think about issues that matter. Someone who uses his immense platform not to throw random, knee-jerk barbs and insults at world leaders and institutions or to demand policies that are completely untenable (sometimes outright asinine).
Joe Wilson, that rock-ribbed patriot, declaimed himself yesterday to the San Francisco crowd as uninterested in running for public office. In remarks published by "InsideBayArea.com," Wilson is quoted as saying he was too much a true child of the 1960s to be elected and had "too many wives and taken too many drugs. And, yes, I did inhale." This, from the man chosen by the CIA -- not the White House -- to go to Niger on a secret mission to investigate intelligence on WMD. Were the Plame Name Blame Game not so serious, it would be hilarious. If anyone still working at the CIA was responsible for hiring Wilson for the Niger mission, and in that I'd include le femme Valerie, they should be fired forthwith.
Richard Cohen (gasp) has summed up the conservative argument against Wroe better than most conservatives. What the mainstream media and leftist elites have never understood is that conservatives, first and foremost, oppose Wroe on constitutional grounds -- its specious findings of rights that clearly do not exist in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and its trampling of rights and prerogatives reserved to the states that cleary do exist. That many conservatives oppose abortion based on deeply held religious beliefs is a separate matter. If a condescending liberal (excuse the redundancy) like Mr. Cohen has begun to grasp this not so subtle nuance after 30 years, it is cause for hope.
Even if you didn't know Penn Kemble -- I knew him only slightly, but invariably found him solid, quiet, politely friendly, possessing a unique brand of "cool" -- you will doubtless be moved by Bob Tyrrell's tribute today to his longtime friend and handball rival, who died last Saturday. Kemble, you see, remained the best sort of Democrat, in contrast, say, to the likes of Sidney Blumenthal.
What has come over Richard Cohen? Just when Democrats are ready to knee cap Harriet Miers regarding Roe v. Wade he announces Roe is does not deserve constitutional standing and though he says he remains pro-choice it's clear from the context that he regrets very much having been so callously pro-abortion in the past. He even cites Princeton conservative Robert George respectfully. Roe, Cohen concludes, is "a Supreme Court decision whose reasoning has not held up."
This went out on the Maryland Republican Party mailing list today:
A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTIt's no mystery what the announcement will be; it's been assumed for months that Steele would run for Senate.
The time has come for Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele to make a special announcement regarding the future of his public service.
Please join your fellow Marylanders for live music and refreshments on Tuesday, October 25th at the Novak Field House at Prince George's Community College at 11:15 AM.
Back in March I called for Steele (or Gov. Robert Ehrlich) to run. Since then, Ben Cardin and Kweisi Mfume have emerged as the frontrunners on Democratic side, joined by several potential spoilers. In a July poll, Rasmussen showed Steele running behind Cardin but ahead of Mfume.
Reading Seth Mnookin's book Hard News, I came across this passage about Howell Raines' indulgence of Judith Miller: "Raines had treated Miller -- like Patrick Tyler and Rick Bragg -- like a star. At one point soon after September 11, he personally instructed her to go out and 'win a Pulitzer.' What's more, Raines had effectively chased investigative editor Stephen Engelberg out of the paper; Engelberg, who had co-authored a book on biological warfare with Miller, was known as the one editor who had the knowledge and background to rein Miller in when she became excitedly insistent about whatever latest supposed scoop had been leaked to her."
I'm subbing for Hugh again today on the Salem Radio network. We'll be talking about the Saddam trial, the latest on the quagMiers nom, and a whole lot more. I can't take seriously the rumors that Cheney is one of Fitzgerald's targets. But ya never know. We'll be talking about that, too.
Just saw WaPo's Walter Pincus on FNC. He was one of the reporters who testified before Fitzgerald's grand jury. Pincus is an old enough hand to remember the wisdom of Watergate. As he said, "it's not what you do in Washington that's important. It's what you do after you get caught." (So who at the CIA may be indicted?)