Friday, March 28, 2008

"Pro-Life" Casey Endorses Obama ...

... and agrees to actively campaign with the candidate who says his first act as President will be to sign the "Freedom of Choice" Act.

The reactions at InsideCatholic:
Mighty Casey has sold out by Todd Aglialoro

Pro-Life Catholics for Obama by Deal Hudson

Will Casey help Obama with the Catholic vote? by Brian Saint-Paul

More on Pro-Life Democrats by Eric Pavlat
And then there's this one:
But apparently he's deaf to irony by Todd Aglialoro
Casey was quoted as saying he favored Obama because the Illinois senator "thinks we shouldn't be deaf to the voices of the next generation."
To which Margaret Cabaniss responds:
That level of obtuseness really makes you wonder if he ever believed his own pro-life platform.
I think many of us already knew the answer to that. I'm not sure I ever took Casey Jr.'s "pro-life" credentials seriously. He's certainly not his father's "pro-life Democrat".

More from InsideCatholic:
Casey is a "cynical, traitorous phony"? by Mark Stricherz

In a reply to your post, you called Sen. Casey a "cynical, traitorous phony." Might that assessment be a bit harsh?

Your judgment seems based on Casey's endorsement of Obama. But I have not heard you condemn Sen. Santorum, whom you no doubt would have preferred to Casey, for his endorsement of Sen. Arlen Specter in the 2004 GOP primary. As you will recall, the pro-choice Specter beat his largely pro-life conservative opponent by 16,000 votes , so Santorum's endorsement might well have tipped the balance.

Specter's re-election was no victory for the pro-life cause. He was one of four GOP senators in September 2006 who voted against the interstate child-custody protection act. The legislation failed by three votes.

Was Santorum a "cynical, traitorous phony"? I don't think he was anymore than Casey. He was being pragmatic without being immoral.
Was Santorum a "cynical, traitorous phony"?

In that particular instance? Yep.

The conversation continues at InsideCatholic:
  • Phonies and then phonies by Todd Aglialoro

  • Re: Casey is a "cynical, traitorous phony"? by Mark Stricherz

  • Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
    Pro-Abortion Group Praises Casey For Votes

    National Catholic Register: Pro-Lifers Assess Senator Casey’s Voting Record

    Priest Blasts "Usual Suspects" For Votes Against Pro-Life Policy

    Bob Casey Is Not His Father’s Pro-life Democrat

    Senate Democrats (Including Allegedly "Pro Life" Bob Casey) Vote to Rescind Mexico City Policy

    National Catholic Register on the Late Bob Casey, Sr.: "Mighty Casey and American Humility"

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    At 3/28/2008 12:03 PM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

    Only fools will be surprised at this. Casey the Elder was a great man; Casey the Younger is a party hack.

    At 3/28/2008 1:04 PM, Blogger Kyle R. Cupp said...

    I can conceive of a number of reasons why Casey or other pro-lifers could support Obama without my questioning their pro-life credentials. He may believe that somehow Obama would be better on ending abortion than McCain or Hillary, that abortion should be addressed not primarily as a legal or judicial problem, that overturning Roe v. Wade would be of little significance in ending abortion, or that McCain would appoint similar judges. This is not to say that such reasons are right or wrong, only that I’m not prepared to doubt that someone is pro-life because he supports a pro-choice candidate, even one so adamantly pro-choice as Obama. I’d expect a pretty persuasive case made, though.

    At 3/28/2008 1:11 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

    Sorry senator Casey should join Franky
    Schaeffer and enter rehab together!

    At 3/28/2008 1:27 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...


    But that's just it. None of the pro-life Catholics supporting Obama bother to make the pro-life case for him. Instead, they dismiss the pro-life concerns such as Prof. Kmiec's "apart from the life issues, Obama is a Catholic natural", and instead focus on other issues of supposed import to Catholics.

    And I began questioning Sen. Casey's pro-life credentials much earlier than this, such as when he voted to overturn the Mexico City policy.

    At 3/28/2008 1:30 PM, Blogger Kyle R. Cupp said...

    "None of the pro-life Catholics supporting Obama bother to make the pro-life case for him."

    That's a problem.


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