Saturday, April 22, 2006

Don't Do Them a Favor

In Pennsylvania, a lot of Democrats are throwing their support behind Bob Casey Jr. to unseat sitting right-wing wacko Senator Rick Santorum. Why is this unusual? Because Casey, although liberal on many issues does not support abortion rights. Still, the show of support from Democrats nationwide reminds us that this is just one issue of many.

Why does abortion have to be a primary issue in every single election? Yes, it's an important threshold in keeping the government out of personal affairs. Yes it's a fundamental right that everyone should maintain.

But there are less than a million abortions a year. Essentially, the abortion issue affects less than half of one percent of the population. Meanwhile, there are 40 million people living below the poverty line, 7 million without jobs, and almost 16% of Americans have no health insurance. Making campaigns about debates like abortion allows Republicans to sweep their dismal performance under the rug. Democrats need not do them that favor.


Blogger Jim Nasium said...

Uh Casey? Liberal? not really. Firstly I want to point out that there is another option here. Chuck Pennacchio was the first Democrat to enter this race. He has the most experience at winning tough elections. He currently has over 6,000 volunteers in county level organizations throughout the state and is easily our best chance to defeat Santorum.

About those 40 million below the poverty line, what they need is a living wage legislation and universal health care which Chuck supports. Unfortunately Casey opposes both.

Casey is also against stem cell research, against withdraw from Iraq, says we weren't intentionally misled,opposes gay rights (most of the time),opposes all hand gun legislation and has several other conservative views.

You can learn more about him at Chuck's site by clicking on the Casey Jr fact file. But most tellingly is that he takes money from 239 of the same PACs as does Rick Santorum including all the big corporate lobbyists.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

I agree that it is a better move for progressives to support a candidate like Pennacchio in a primary. But after the primary, should Casey win, I also agree that even strongly pro-choice or anti-war Democrats should support Casey against Santorum. At this point, taking back the Senate has to be the number one priority-- we need at least one check, one balance on our current unconstrained and irresponsible administration.

9:10 AM  

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