Beginining his latest Washington Notebook, Joe Feuerherd trots out the typical liberal claptrap one might expect to find on the pages of the paper Bill Cork aptly dubs The National Catholic Distorter. Thus he describes the Machiavellian machinations of the motley House band led by pro-abort Dems Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Nick Lampson (D-TX), as reported in The Hill [here and there] and analyzed on Catholic Kerry Watch [here and there] in the following Newspeak:
A small group of Catholic House Democrats have been meeting over the past several months to thrash out where their faith, their cultural heritage, and their jobs intersect.
...The half-dozen members of Congress meet informally, DeLauro told NCR, with a goal of promoting dialogue among Catholic elected officials and the church hierarchy. Some are pro-life, others pro-choice, but they are united in frustration that the range of issues they and the church care about—such as economic justice, immigration, foreign policy, and war—don't get nearly the attention as the 'one or two issues'—such as abortion and gay rights—that dominate public discussion of religion and politics.
"We are not having a full and open conversation about the whole range of social teachings that the church has been a leader on," whined DeLauro, whose clique had requested a meeting with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who recently met with the Catholic poseur par excellence, Sen. John F. Kerry, as reported by the Associated Press and discussed on Catholic Kerry Watch.
To this point it would seem that DeLauro was talking to the group's de facto press secretary.
And yet, Feuerherd goes on to report "another view" on "the obligations of a Catholic politician when it comes to abortion" from Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ):
If the actual deed of abortion is what I and Catholics and Protestants and so many others say it is—an act of violence against children—then why wouldn't you want to treat it as a severe act of child abuse, and exploitative of women, rather than something you can disregard?"
To which, Feuerherd, to his credit, responds, "Good question" before proceeding to quote Smith further:
If Kerry or someone like him were to say "I am for abortion" then they would have my opposition and I will argue against them, but I will at least respect them. But I find it very hard to respect someone who says I'm against it, but I'm going to vote for it, I'm going facilitate it, I'm going to defend it, I'm going to fund it, [and] I'm going to try to make it reach the four corners of the globe by repealing the Mexico City policy [which restricts U.S. foreign aid funds to countries with liberal abortion laws]
While I do not respect anyone who supports the murder of babies in their mothers' wombs, Feuerherd's honest response to Smith's question in the midst of his apologia for the latest anti-life scam on Capitol Hill leads us to ask, "Could Washington Notebook be more than just a one-trick pony, after all?"
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.