Remember 1999? John McCain seemed like such a charming, friendly republican. I used to say that if I had to choose a republican, I'd definitely choose him. I wished Gore had half the charisma. National politics drives discourse towards nebulous imaginary centrists, apparently offended by strong opinions that differ from USA-AOK. Gore seemed like such a wienie with nothing to say. McCain seemed like a Republican with a brain...and a sense of fairness and respect for people aside from middle-American middle-class white dudes. Gore managed to fool the left into thinking he was an idiot (when post millennial Gore is kind of awesome - beard and all). McCain's exposed a whole lotta regular Republican crap with his war waffling, but he's just now drawing back the curtain on his true social conservative self. Said he on TV to George Stephanopoulos:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask one question about abortion. Then I want to turn to Iraq. You’re for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, with some exceptions for life and rape and incest.
MCCAIN: Rape, incest and the life of the mother. Yes.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So is President Bush, yet that hasn’t advanced in the six years he’s been in office. What are you going to do to advance a constitutional amendment that President Bush hasn’t done?
MCCAIN: I don’t think a constitutional amendment is probably going to take place, but I do believe that it’s very likely or possible that the Supreme Court should — could overturn Roe v. Wade, which would then return these decisions to the states, which I support.
Sigh...eyeroll - especially the doublespeak about how a constitutional amendment is unlikely. Well duh. How about admitting to pimping it just to rouse the rabble on the right? That would be some honesty. Funny how the states rights argument is always trotted out to support issues that restrict some person's rights. I for one support the rights of people over abstract political entities. Not so funny is how states like South Dakota will use these rights to so effectively limit others. My inner elementary schoolkid would like to remind anyone who'd care to listen that democracy is supposed to value the rights -- the power of individuals over that of the government.
Women deserve the power to make decisions regarding their bodies, their health, their reproduction. Their states do not.
Via Jill on Feministe