The New York Times > New York Region > Clinton Seeking Shared Ground Over Abortions: "Clinton Seeking Shared Ground Over Abortions"
The Democrats remind me of some of the clients I have had in the past. I am a lawyer. These clients would ask me, with all sincerity, to simply explain in detail with all of my persuasive powers to the people on the other side of the case why they, my clients, were right, and why the people to whom they were opposed were wrong. My clients were often absolutely convinced that my eloquence could prevail and save everybody a lot of money.
Well, 99.9 percent of the time my clients who believe that mere persuasion can prevail are wrong.
Hillary Clinton is not seeking common ground on the abortion debate. She is seeking to persuade people with whom she has deep and fundamental disagreements that the disagreements aren't important and that she is really, after all, right.
It didn't work in the last election and, God Willing, it won't work in the next one either.
One of the reasons George Bush won and John Kerry lost is that George Bush DID stake out the middle ground. And there is, unbelievably enough, a middle ground. Without abandoning his oppostion to all abortions, Bush nevertheless promised not to try to accomplish his goals without a democratic vote of the people. Secondly he picked an issue on which there is a high level of agreement among the American people-- partial birth abortion.
A year ago on this date, I was privileged to be present when my first grandchild was born, to stare in awe and wonder at that complete and fully formed human being who could already grasp my finger.
At this time, 5:06 AM on January 26,2004, if the partial birth abortion advocates had there way, it would have been legal for some doctor, with proper authorizations, to kill him. All because he was not completely out of his mother's womb until 6:35 AM. The Democratic die hards, the ones who accuse us conservatives of being ignorant boobs who do not believe in science, refuse to acknowledge that there is a living human being in that womb. The people who have so much sympathy for the murdering fanatic Al Zaqari have no sympathy for an innocent child whose only crime is to be not wanted.
My grandson was and is very much wanted and loved. But what about the other babies. Do they have, very simply, a right to continue living if they don't die on their own?
Bush understood that a very high percentage of the American people are very certain that late term abortions are wrong. They may not be sure exactly where the line should be drawn, but they know it should be drawn somewhere before 6 months gestation.
The Democratic party which is in thrall to NARAL and Planned Parenthood doesn't get it. You can SAY anything you want. But we learned a long time ago not to look at what people say but at what they do.
So here it is Hillary. How are you going to vote the next time an abortion issue comes up on the senate floor?
The last time you had a chance to do the right thing you voted against it.