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Dems Have Reason to Be Worried (Obama's Votes in Favor of Child Murder)
NRO's The Corner ^ | 8/20/2008 | Peter Wehner

Posted on 08/20/2008 12:30:43 PM PDT by mojito

If you want to understand just how potent the issue of abortion can be in this campaign, take a look at this segment from Hannity & Colmes last night. Sean Hannity laid out for Bob Beckel — in a specific, careful, calm way — the fact that Barack Obama opposed legislation protecting children who had survived an abortion attempt. (For more on this issue, go here, here, and here).

In response, Beckel’s head began to explode.

Beckel seemed quite unfamiliar with the specifics of the issue (for example, he asserted existing Illinois law protected children who survived an abortion attempt, even though the state attorney general said it did not; that reality is what launched the national debate in the first place). Beckel therefore decided to go on the offensive. Enraged, he said that while he knew Republicans would go low, even he didn’t think they would go this low. Why don’t conservatives go back to accusing Obama of being a Muslim, Beckel shouted, rather than accusing him of supporting infanticide? What Republicans were doing was “obscene and disgraceful.” Alan Colmes decided to join the festivities as well; he said what Republicans were saying about Obama was “outrageous and insulting.”

In fact, it’s not. Regardless of what Obama’s personal beliefs on the matter are, he voted against legislation that would have protected the rights of children who survived an attempted abortion. That fact is so stunning, and the implications so brutal, that Beckel and Colmes simply could not process it. They assumed it had to be impossible. But it’s not only possible, it’s true. Obama cast the vote he did. And it’s clear from last night’s exchange that Democrats understand how explosive this issue can be.

It doesn’t help matters, of course, that Obama’s story is falling apart. Obama has been insisting that if the wording of the Illinois Born-Alive Infant Protection legislation had been similar to the wording of federal legislation, he would have voted for the legislation. But as the Washington Post reports today, “Obama aides acknowledged yesterday that the wording of the state and federal bills was virtually identical.”

Oops.

It’s worth noting as well that the effort by the New York Times to provide a political life-raft to Obama on this issue has been taken apart by my colleague Yuval Levin here.

While a state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama cast the most extreme vote imaginable on abortion, worse even than supporting partial-birth abortion. Children who had been targeted for abortion but were born alive were still not safe; in Barack Obama’s America, they still do not possess rights or the protection of the law. Obama’s effort to explain his vote away is in the process of collapsing. And the gap between him and McCain continues to close. For the first time in this campaign, Obama is on the defensive, a bit rattled, and worried. He has reason to be.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; abortion; bornalive; democrats; election; electionpresident; elections; infanticide; nobama08; obama; obamarecord; seanhannity
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Between child murder and Bill Ayers, I hope this is the week the Obama campaign starts to sink under for good.
1 posted on 08/20/2008 12:30:43 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

Their Golden Child has turned to brass......................


2 posted on 08/20/2008 12:34:34 PM PDT by Red Badger (All that carbon in all that oil and coal was once in the atmosphere. We're just putting it back.....)
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To: mojito

Beckel and Colmes were just following the Progressive Playbook, Page One: when the facts are against you (which is virtually all of the time,) go on the offensive and attack the character and mean-spiritedness of those who are offering the facts. Attack Bob Bork, Ken Starr, The Swiftboaters, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and on and on. Can’t refute the facts? Call them names—racists, homophones, bigots, morons, whatever. Amazingly, about 50% of the American people fall for this crap.


3 posted on 08/20/2008 12:36:18 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: mojito

“A liar, a thief, a rapist, and a murderer. That’s not a man; take it away.” Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe with regard to the liar, thief, rapist, and murderer Obadiah Hakeswill.

“A liar, a fraud, a misuser of tax exempt church resources, and an enabler of racists, anti-Semites, and child murderers. That’s not a man; take it away.” Our assessment of Barack Obama.


4 posted on 08/20/2008 12:37:28 PM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: mojito

Obama doesn’t lie-he’s just too “nuanced” for us hicks to comprehend.


5 posted on 08/20/2008 12:37:40 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: mojito

Beckel, as usual when facts get in the way, resorted to name calling, and attacking the messenger instead of answering the question put forth. You could see the panic in his eyes.


6 posted on 08/20/2008 12:37:53 PM PDT by lakeman
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I still remember Juan Williams head exploding in disbelief on H&C. He was away on vacation when this issue started to percolate. Hannity told him Juan what Obama did and Juan said (paraphrasing) "Of course Obama would stand up to protect born alive babies". When Hannity corrected him, Juan simply could not believe it-it was as if Sean was making it up.

Look, while I err on the side of Pro-life, it's not one of my big issues. It's not hot topic issues like national defense and taxes are to me. (flame away)That being said, I find this practice absolutely horrific and barbaric.

7 posted on 08/20/2008 12:38:18 PM PDT by MattinNJ (I would really, really love to depose Obama.)
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To: mojito
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8 posted on 08/20/2008 12:38:34 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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Obama has been insisting that if the wording of the Illinois Born-Alive Infant Protection legislation had been similar to the wording of federal legislation, he would have voted for the legislation.

He was for it before he was against it....
9 posted on 08/20/2008 12:38:44 PM PDT by beezdotcom
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

What i said in a few post later lol


10 posted on 08/20/2008 12:39:08 PM PDT by lakeman
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To: Winged Hussar

Sharpe rocks.


11 posted on 08/20/2008 12:39:14 PM PDT by MattinNJ (I would really, really love to depose Obama.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

That pic makes my blood boil.


12 posted on 08/20/2008 12:40:43 PM PDT by MattinNJ (I would really, really love to depose Obama.)
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To: Red Badger
Their Golden Child has turned to brass......

That line begs me to create a limerick:

Their Golden Child has turned to brass
And the libs are just getting more crass
McCain's a war hero
But their guy's a zero
I've got more intellect in my ass

13 posted on 08/20/2008 12:42:49 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: MattinNJ

My husband and I were watching that show and I was commenting (in a rather loud voice) how ASTOUNDING it was that these people seemed so ignorant of the facts. In a country where people are becoming more and more pro-life.....it’s a major fact they should be aware of!!

Juan needs to get on the ball!


14 posted on 08/20/2008 12:44:53 PM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: mojito
I saw the exchange on Hannity & Colmes. Bob Beckel was going berserk, almost screaming in the mike.

The turth is coming out on Obama's stand on the born alive act.

What I find amazing is that the folks here have known about Obama's stand on this issue for over a year. Did the Dem's really think this issue was not a deal breaker with the American people?

15 posted on 08/20/2008 12:44:55 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E. That spells free. freerepublic.com baby)
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To: MattinNJ

Good to see you around, Friend!

Continued good fortune to your G Men, unless they’re playing my Birds of course.


16 posted on 08/20/2008 12:45:20 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Call them names—racists, homophones,

Or even homophobes.

17 posted on 08/20/2008 12:46:32 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: MattinNJ

Juan is typical of the average dhimmirat that I’ve talked to about the issue.

Simply deny Obama’s position on the issue. Ignore any evidence, say it is out of context.


18 posted on 08/20/2008 12:46:54 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Brett66
Obama doesn’t lie-he’s just too “nuanced” for us hicks to comprehend.

In addition to the fact that us hicks are too busy "clinging to our guns and religion"
19 posted on 08/20/2008 12:47:09 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

maybe homophobe & homophone are two of those words that sound alike but have different meaning... I don’t remember what the word for that is... :)


20 posted on 08/20/2008 12:48:14 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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