Aw, Come on Al!

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.

Faith of an Almost President

Mark Tooley reviews God and Hilary Clinton by Paul Kengo in Front Page Magazine.

Here is a brief excerpt from the review:

Freshly espousing that Social Gospel directly to the teen-age Hillary was the Rev. Don Jones, a new graduate from Drew Theological Seminary in New Jersey, whose first job was youth minister at First Methodist Church in Park Ridge.  The flashy young minister, darting about in his red convertible, introduced Hillary and the other youth to his weekly Thursday night “University of Life.”  Starting in 1961, he literally brought the 1960’s to Hillary and her church, in Kengor’s words, teaching about “existentialism, abstract art, beat poetry, and even the radical politics of the counter-culture.”  He showed them art house films, shared Bob Dylan music, hosted a debate with an atheist, and discussed teen age sexuality.