Al Gore didn’t help those who would like to overlook the abortion question, in his remarks tonight. He reminded us that the next president could potentially appoint up to three supreme court justices, and they could potentially vote to overturn Roe V. Wade–if folks vote for McCain.
I was trying to tell myself that abortion is not really a presidential issue–it was the supreme court who overturned the states’ rights to regulate abortion–and in spite of twenty years of Republican presidencies, we haven’t got a court that is conservative enough to send the question back to the states.
The republicans don’t have any enthusiasm for their own candidate. James Dobson–in spite of his 30 years of opposing abortion–has said he probably can’t vote for John McCain, even though McCain claims to be pro-life.
I wanted to celebrate the fact that 45 years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, our country is getting close to being color blind. I wanted to be proud of a candidate with connections to my own state.
But then Al Gore reminded me of why the governor of my own state was probably scratched off the list of potential vice-presidential candidates. The pictures of her embracing and accepting money from one of the few providers of late-term abortions in the nation, would be too controversial, too distracting from the message of change.
And former vice president Gore reminded us that the issue has not gone away.