Really? – 10/25/12 – Election 2012. The President’s Grand Bargain; Republicans and Rape; Is God an Abortionist? Citizens United and the Law of Unintended Consequences.

by Pitt Griffin on October 25, 2012 · 0 comments

in Election 2012, Really?

The Grand Bargain

In an interview with the Des Moines Register, the President said he would pursue a “grand bargain” with the Republicans over the budget and immigration policy. If, reading this, your first reaction is that the President is insane – the Republicans will never bargain – you would be half right.

The Republicans cannot compromise and stay in office. Do it and they will be running in their next primary against a Tea Party candidate buoyed by the enthusiasm of the primary voter, and financed by some murky group. For these folks, deviation from orthodoxy is not a political disagreement, but apostasy. Compromising with Obama isn’t a negotiation, it is a deal with the Devil.

The President understands this. But his strategy is to get elected, and if he has to risk sounding reasonable to attract the undecided voter, he’ll do it.

Why can’t Republicans get out of their own way on rape?

Richard Mourdock, Republican candidate for the Senate in Indiana announced in a debate with his Democratic  rival Rep. Joe Donnelly his position on abortion for rape victims. “I struggled with it myself a long time but I came to realize that life is a gift from God, that I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.” 

Mourdock tried to dig his way by saying that he meant the life that can result from a rape was the part he saw as the gift from God, not the rape itself. Talk about being tone deaf to what you are saying – that God gives a woman the wonderful gift of life by enlisting some man to assault her against her will.

Does he think that rapists should be free to use the “I was just doing the Lord’s work” as a defense? Doesn’t a woman have a choice in whether she conceives? Wouldn’t a loving God let women pick the father of her child?

Mourdock should heed this advice – when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Is God an abortionist?

If Mourdock is right – that conception is a gift from God – he has to explain what  God’s purpose is in aborting the 25% of embryos that the body naturally expels before the fetal stage (week 10) of pregnancy.

Mourdock may wish to endow the embryo with “personhood” but God has a different idea.

Citizens United – maybe not as good as we though it was.

Republicans thought that the Supreme Court support for the unfettered spending on elections, would work in their favor. But the left raise more money than expected and used it to target vulnerable Republicans.

These targeted Republicans have discovered that it is no fun being a pinata.

Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) has been hammered by ads accusing him of voting against funds for a rape crisis center and a shelter for abused women. He now says, “Once we get back, those that do get re-elected will all be commiserating about all the negative ads. And that will start the groundswell for reform.”

Rep Dan Lundgren (R-CA), who has been targeted for his vote against stem cell research, is introducing legislation that would make the candidates more responsible for the content and tone of third party ads.

Rep Robert Schilling (R-IL) is engaged in an ad war with Cheri Bustos. He is a supporter of Citizens United but warned “something has to be done that does not have negative impact on our First Amendment rights. I haven’t quite decided in my head what it should be”.

Let me help Schilling work it out in his head – get the money out of politics. If we cannot do it all at once then let’s at least get rid of the superPACs.

Public financing of elections would pay for itself many times over. If a candidate isn’t obligated to pay back the special interests who bank-rolled his campaign, the treasury would take far less of a beating.

 

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