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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Alito Debate Should Heat Up

With the confirmation hearings for Sam Alito coming in just about a month, the debate, in the news, and in the Senate, should start heating up fairly quickly.

The major topic, will of course be abortion, and the possibility of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The discovery of a 20 year old memo is going to frame the debate, because Judge Alito had written that the Reagan administration probably couldn't get the decision overturned, but there were ways to mitigate it legislatively. The pro-choice folks are having fits about it, as expected. That is of course, the norm for some of the groups, who will accuse you of wanting to kill women if you use the words abortion and illegal in the same day.

It will be interesting to watch how the Senators on that side of the debate handle Alito. I believe I know a way to frame to debate to cut their legs out from under them, and it's slightly underhanded, but at the same time, very easy to do.

Since a good portion of the folks in the Senate who would like Alito not to be confirmed because of his abortion stance are also on the anti-war side of the aisle, use their own arguments against them.

It doesn't take nearly as big a leap to do it, either. Senators like Shumer and Kennedy are beating the President over head with public opinion on the war. Telling him that the "majority of Americans are against this war". Trying to drive policy with polls.

Mr. President, turnabout is fair play. In the latest LA Times poll on the subject, the majority would like abortion banned, or made legal in limited circumstances. The number wanting the same thing was 63% in a CBS News Poll, and 55% wanted limited legality or no availability in a Gallup poll in November.

ReligiousTolerance.Org has a running tally on polls, not that they've conducted, but that major news and polling organizations have, showing that the majority of American's want abortion restricted.

So, if Shumer, Kennedy, and Feinstein want to use polls on one policy, force them to acknowledge them, and their votes against "the people" on this topic.


Blogger Lone Pony said...

I'm glad you're on our side. ;)

5:57 AM  
Blogger Corie said...

You've made a great point here. You can't use the argument of, "it's what the people want," to justify your stance on one issue and then do an about-face for a different issue.
That's so typical of Democrates...hypocrisy at its highest level.

11:14 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

A conservative supreme court, that follows its constitional mandate, has been the holy grail of my voting habits for the last 25 years. I really hope we are getting close.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I don't know where you get those numbers from, CP, but in every poll I've seen, the majority are pro-choice. And of course you know that when peeps think a thing is a basic right that isn't the same sort of argument as "what the majority want"--if the majority were against gun ownership, that wouldn't change the fact there's a right to bear arms. You'd have to have an amendment.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Pony- Thanks, glad I am too.
Corie- I love pointing hypocrites out :)

Shoprat- This particular topic has never dominated my choice in voting, though it has been an issue.

Paula- What I said was " the majority would like abortion banned, or made legal in limited circumstances". Which is what the polls say. However, if I decided to say that anyone who wanted any type of legal abortion, then yes, the majority would be pro-choice.

The numbers come from Gallup, CBS, and CNN. It's actually a minority (23-35%) that wants abortion legal, on demand, and no restrictions. Which is very similar to the numbers for always illegal.

5:49 PM  

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