As John Mallon recently observed, "Even the Left is starting to get it about Kerry!" My commentary immediately below provides a telling example -- courtesy of John -- in the critical comments of Eileen McNamara, a liberal columnist for The Boston Globe.
To save your mouse a trip, McNamara, "who support(s) legal abortion, writes:
I did not know that Senator John F. Kerry believes that life begins at conception. Now that I do know, I do not understand 20 years of votes supporting a woman's right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
...I don't know what to think. I cannot respectfully disagree with him as I do with an abortion opponent whose conscience prompts her to work to unseat lawmakers like Kerry. I understand her. She is acting on principle, lobbying to change laws antithetical to her conscience. I don't understand him, voting consistently in opposition to what he now tells us is one of his core beliefs.
Nor is McNamara, the only one outside the pro-life camp who has taken a closer look at Kerry and troubled at what is seen.
Lane Core Jr. introduces us to John Rosenberg, who advises us that he hasn't taken "any position on abortion," which he—as most "pro-choice" agnostics—describes as "a wrenching issue" on which "reasonable, principled people can disagree."
In principle, of course, I utterly reject such moral relativism, but my reason for joining Lane in calling Mr. Rosenberg to your attention is his unconventional wisdom, cogently expressed in such memorable lines as the following:
Trumpeting both "personal" opposition but active political support is an unsuccessful, pusillanimous, straddling cop-out, reminiscent...of Stephen A. Douglas's "personal" opposition to slavery while working as hard as he could politically to enable its expansion. Can you imagine Cuomo/Califano/Kerry saying they "personally" don't like slavery, would never themselves own a slave, but don't feel they have the right to legislate that belief "on" an actual or would-be slaveholder?
In the light of such logic, it is not surprising that Lane concludes his presentation of Rosenberg's argument with this plaint:
Why can't we manage to find more than a handful, it seems, of bishops as good-sighted, clear-thinking, and straight-shooting as John Rosenberg is?
which echoes my own lament on publishing McNamara's persuasive reasoning:
If only our Bishops—with notable and honorable exceptions—saw things as clearly as Ms. McNamara.
To do so, of course, they must think outside the box of America's Culture of Death.
Ongoing commentary by the editors of CatholicKerryWatch
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.