That's a Good Question. Dems for Life, What Say You?
A commenter at this InsideCatholic article on shifting the pro-life strategy poses an excellent question:
I have not kept up perfectly with dems for life who hold office. I wish them well in changing their party. But I have to admit to a negative opinion overall. Let's start with Bob Casey Jr. D-Pa. He is a dem for life. He won partly because his dad was the honorable Bob Casey Sr., who was ostracized by the DNC for suggesting a prolife platform. Jr. also won due to the media negativity of the Iraq War. This was focused on a courageous prolife republican, Rick Santorum. Santorum is a devout catholic who constantly fought for the unborn. He deserved that seat more than Casey. It was a cheap dirty victory in that one prolifer was run by dems against the more dedicated prolifer: Santorum. Santorum lost. Net pro life victory zero. But at least Casey will typically vote party line.My Comments:
Here in Cincinnati, prolife dem Steve Dreihaus won over prolife republican Steve Chabot. Chabot was weak due to the housing situation, I believe. But again Chabot was always a dedicated prolifer. Net prolife victory zero.
So when do the prolife democrats, and by that I mean dedicated ANTI ABORTION, pro traditional marriage democrats plan on challenging proabort democrats in democrat cities and democrat states? Like, Mikulski in Maryland? Pelosi in California, or Markey and Frank in Massachusetts? How and when do prolife dems actually plan on changing THEIR party, and working with prolife republicans?
I suppose this could be consigned to the status of rhetorical question, because I don't expect to receive a satisfactory answer.
It does appear that Democrats for Life (with a nod from the powers that be in the Democrat Party) are satisfied with running allegedly "pro-life" Democrats solely for the purpose of knocking off pro-life Republicans - net prolife victory: zero.
Indeed, when DO we get to see allegedly "pro-life" Democrats knocking off some pro-abortion ... sorry, "pro-choice" ... Democrats? Isn't that how you "change the party from within"?