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  •  Abortion makes SCOTUS extraordinary? (none)
    That is tremendously narrow minded isn't it?  If it is extraordinary for another reason I missed it because it isn't mentioned.  We are looking at a tremendously long fight if we choose to marshall out abortion as our primary reason for blocking a nomination.  I think it is fair to say that Americans are against abortion and we, as liberals, Democrats, or whatever we want to call ourselves, are going to lose the war and the battle if we agree with Armando.  We should be coming out swinging with our version of what makes a justice a good justice.  We can't be vague like Shrub and say we want someone who will defend the Constitution.  We need to say what we believe defending it means, such as securing privacy and thereby defending abortion and the right to choose as well as the right to die; such as enforcing treaty obligations that have been given the stamp of the US Senate; such as properly limiting the overreach of the Executive Branch in allowing them to keep secret the corporate minions making our energy policies.  For once in this party's recent history we can't simply disagree but must rather push forward an agenda that has goals beyond obstructing the well defined, albeit evil, agenda of the other guy.

    "The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country." -RFK

    by apmiller on Fri Jul 01, 2005 at 11:30:01 AM PDT

    •  why would it be "fair to say" Americans (none)
      are "against abortion" when it's not true?

      do some research -- you'll see all the polls show a majority still favors abortion rights.

      According to a March 2005 Harris poll, "Only one-fifth of U.S. adults oppose abortion in all circumstances," and "A 60 to 38 percent majority favors legal abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy."

      You can find other figures depending on how the poll questions are asked, but no polls show a majority of Americans wanting to make abortion illegal again.

      If American are "against abortion," most of them are against it in the same way they're against emergency heart surgery -- they hope they don't have to have it, most give at least a token try to healthy heart practices, but most everybody wants a hospital and an operating room to be available if they or their daughter needs it....

      •  Congrats! (none)
        You were able to find a variety of polls that really say nothing.  You admitted it yourself: "You can find other figures depending on how the poll questions are asked."  We can mince the issue in a million ways and each side can point to evidence accurately supporting their own side.  You have also failed completely to comment on the central point of my post, yes, abortion is a very, very important issue, but I am suggesting we move away from the grip of interest groups and single issues and start creating a real agenda.

        "The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country." -RFK

        by apmiller on Fri Jul 01, 2005 at 07:02:29 PM PDT

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