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Abortion is the canary in the coal mine of personal freedom.

Yes.  That description fits quite well.  And I wholly agree that the privacy framing is a long-haul effort, although I do think it serves as a rallying point for the Left.

I still maintain that the greatest outcome the Dems could hope for, from a purely political standpoint, is the destruction of Roe.  (Setting that aside, this is a real-world, lives-at-stake kind of issue, and I'd rather keep it legal and fight the right-wing onslaught than go the End of Roe route.)  The Christian Right cares a great deal more about abortion than about issues like same-sex marriage, and they would have no reason to march for the GOP any longer, since, economically, they're much closer to the Democrats.  The "God Hates Fags" crowd makes up a much smaller percentage of the Christian Right, from what I've seen, than we sometimes fear -- not insignificant, of course, but not the real threat.

I whole-heartedly agree that the images of back-alley abortions and the like are the correct statregy, in the short-term.  The introduction from the NYT article says it all, as far as the privacy argument is concerned.  When a politician starts talking about the risk of government policing a woman's uterus, hospitals, and so on, I guarantee that people will react out of fear.  And, unlike the "threat from Saddam, it's not an irrational fear.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Apr 12th, 2006 at 08:20:10 AM EST
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And I wholly agree that the privacy framing is a long-haul effort, although I do think it serves as a rallying point for the Left.
Excellent point and why Obama is correct on strategy but a complete arse on substance.

From my experience in the US, Obama is correct that many American voters shy away from partisanship and pin for a "return" to an idealized consensual "bipartisanhip" that never really existed. But he completely misses that the debate always happen at two levels, the general public and the base, and the terms are very different. The Republicans understand that very well and have played it for years with the outward message of "compassionate conservatism" or whatever to the general voters and the paranoid discourse to the base, "Christianity under attack" and all that crap.

I'm floored that Obama doesn't understand that, or at least, refuse to acknowledge it publicly. The big difference with the top-down Republican model is that the Democratic base is in charge of the internal debate.

And yeah, Democrats, even the atheists, should pray everyday for the repeal of Roe vs. Wade by the SCOTUS. If that happens, the Republican party is gone, finished, cooked and pitch a fork in it for at least 30 years.
by Francois in Paris on Wed Apr 12th, 2006 at 09:11:50 AM EST
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