Kmiec's Payoff? [UPDATED]
James H at Opinionated Catholic seems to have discovered a potential payoff for Prof. Kmiec's pro-Obama sycophancy: he appears to be angling for an appointment as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.
The irony is that both Kmiec and current Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon both served on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. However, unlike Kmiec, who has touted the so-called "pro-choice" position as "more Catholic" than the view that Roe v. Wade should be overturned, Ambassador Glendon has never pi**ed away her solidly pro-life credentials by defending the indefensible.
Speaking of defending the indefensible, Ramesh Ponnuru reports that Prof. Kmiec has now resorted to defending the Freedom of Choice Act:
Spinning a pro-life case for Obama must be exhausting. Kmiec's latest approach is to deny that the Freedom of Choice Act, which Obama supports, means what its words indicate, what its legislative sponsors say it means, and what pro-abortion lobbying groups say it means. Contrary to Kmiec's assertions, it would sweep away existing state regulations of the abortion right and require that all levels of government fund abortion. Kmiec also claims, falsely, that Obama wants to tighten the "health exception" so that late-term abortions could effectively be regulated. He has never expressed the slightest interest in narrowing the scope of the abortion right protected by the Supreme Court's jurisprudence.Ramesh's description of Kmiec as "silly and confused" is a rather charitable way of saying "disingenuous and dishonest".
I feel that I have already paid too much attention this year to this silly and confused man, but I gather that Beliefnet is a well-read site, and it keeps publishing Kmiec's claims without bothering to check them for accuracy.
At American Papist, Thomas Peters takes on Kmiec's latest pro-Obama shilling efforts here and here.
The first of Thomas' posts to which I've linked includes links to what several other Catholic bloggers, among them Jeff Miller and Amy Welborn, are saying about Kmiec's latest deceit.
And Thomas raises an excellent point here:
... Let me be very clear: what I take issue with here, specifically, is Kmiec's claim that Obama is somehow a natural or obvious choice for Catholic voters. To say that, one must simply dissent from the Church's teaching that abortion, and the legal support of abortion is gravely wrong.Well said.
If Kmiec claims to be a Catholic in good standing, a Catholic to whom other Catholics can look with confidence, I'd like to see one example where he has read the recent writings of Catholic bishops on this and related topics.
Endlessly complaining about the persecution one has received from lay Catholics is an empty self-martyrdom if one continues to obstinately avoid dialogue with the shepherds of the Church.
Catholics know this, and Kmiec should know better. If his position is so obviously the Catholic one, why is he scared to approach the shepherds of the Church - the guardians of what truly is Catholic - with his argument?
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
The Obama-Kmiec Magical Mystery "Faith Tour"
Deacon Fournier: "Doug Kmiec’s ‘Can a Catholic Support Him?’ Asks the Wrong Question"
Ponnuru Raps Kmiec for Defending Obama's Born-Alive Vote
Whither the "Catholic Vote"? Some Interesting Posts at the Fidelis Blog
Darwin Catholic: "Douglas Kmiec, Master of Dissembling" [UPDATED]
Prof. Rick Garnett on Kmiec's "Missing the Point"
A Former Student of Prof. Kmiec Speaks Out ...Prof. Kmiec Shifts the Goalposts
Kmiec's "Bridge Too Far"? Obama's Attacks on Justice Thomas
Without Further Ado: Doug Kmiec on McCain v. Obama at Saddleback [UPDATED]
Paging Prof. Kmiec ...
Doug Kmiec Claims Democrats Making "Steps Toward Honoring Life" in Platform
Prof. Garnett Takes on Prof. Kmiec ... Again
Casey Jr. to Get Prime-Time Slot in Denver to Appease Catholics [UPDATED]
Fr. Neuhaus Responds to Doug Kmiec
Deal Hudson's Open Letter to Doug Kmiec
National Catholic Register on Catholics, Kmiec, and Obama
Prof. Hadley Arkes: "Political Distraction Among the Catholics"
Doug Kmiec - What He Said Then vs. What He Says Now Re: Constitutional Jurisprudence
What is the "Pro-Life Position" Regarding Abortion?
Doug Kmiec: "After Meeting with Barack" [UPDATED]
Cranky Conservative: "But At Least He Says It with a Smile"
Doug Kmiec Again Places Platitudes Above Policy [UPDATED]
Prof. Bainbridge on "Obama, Abortion, & Catholics"
Prof. Rick Garnett on Kmiec's Latest Nonsense
Deacon Keith Fournier: "Why I Disagree with Doug Kmiec, Once Again"
Give It a Rest Already, Prof. Kmiec!
Deacon Keith Fournier: "No More ‘Left’ or ‘Right’, Time for a New Catholic Action"
Doug Kmiec's Newfound Celebrity Status Among Those on the Left
Doug Kmiec Soon To Be Sorely Disappointed
E.J. Dionne on Kmiec Being Denied Communion [UPDATED]
Deal Hudson on Prof. Kmiec and Blurring the Lines Between "Pro-Choice" and Pro-Abortion
Did Doug Kmiec Just Now Catch On That Obama and NARAL Are Politically Conjoined? [UPDATED]
Deal Hudson on "How Obama's Catholics Will Dodge the Infanticide Question"Kmiec's Dishonesty [UPDATED]
Catholic Teaching and Political Risk Taking: When Credit Isn't Given Where Credit is Due [UPDATED]
Kmiec's Wishful Thinking on Obama and Abortion
The Curt Jester: "Shameless Garment" [UPDATED]
So-Called "Catholic Reaganite" Doug Kmiec Endorses Obama [UPDATED]
"No'bama for Me, Thanks"
Can a Catholic Vote for Obama?
Obama's Pledge to Planned Parenthood: “I Will Not Yield"
Deal Hudson: "Barack Obama's Catholic Problem"
"Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama"
Catholics at the Ballot Box
How the Catholic Left Will Tackle McCain
Why Does Kmiec Criticize McCain for Positions on Which He Gave Romney a Pass?
Deal Hudson on "Douglas Kmiec and the Lure of Obama"
Douglas W. Kmiec on "The Moral Duty to Inquire"
Professor Bainbridge: "Will Catholic Reaganites Go for Obama?"
Deal Hudson: "Preacher Man: Barack Obama and the the Gospel of Liberalism"
"Sorry, Doug Kmiec, But This Catholic Isn't Buying Obama"
Ramesh Ponnuru on Douglas Kmiec and "Catholic Reaganites for Obama" [UPDATED]
Romney Advisor Says Obama "a Natural for the Catholic Vote"