Sunday, June 05, 2005

NOW's latest MoonBattery

As if the US Democrats don't have enough problems, part of their looney left fringe is raising a stink because the party is moving on at least one front toward the center...
From the NOW web site (link deliberately NOT provided):

We have very disturbing news to report—some Democratic leaders are actively recruiting anti-abortion candidates and forcing out pro-choice Democrats!
Action Needed: Tell Democratic leaders that moving to the Right is the Wrong strategy.
Sign our email petition to DSCC Chair Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Pa. Governor Ed Rendell.
Democratic leaders recently forced winning pro-choice candidate Barbara Hafer out of the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate race against extremist Republican incumbent Rick Santorum, so they could run an anti-abortion Democrat—the same losing tactic they used against Santorum in 2000. Speak out!
Feminists and progressives must speak out to stop the Democratic Party from becoming "Republican-lite" on women's issues and undermining its own women candidates.
Barbara Hafer is a strong advocate for reproductive rights and was the frontrunner to take on extremist Republican incumbent Rick Santorum in the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate. She has just been forced out of the race by Democratic leaders and consultants in favor of an anti-abortion candidate they recruited.
Who did top Democrats pick to run against Santorum, one of the leading anti-abortion, anti-women's rights and anti-gay senators?
Top Democrats recruited Robert P. Casey Jr., a staunch abortion opponent in the mold of his father, the late Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey Sr. You may recognize his name from the 1992 Supreme Court case of Casey v. Planned Parenthood, in which the senior Casey defended Pennsylvania's Abortion Control Act, which was so extreme that the Supreme Court struck it down.
(FALSE... From my recollection, only one clause was torched; the rest was upheld. As a result, Pennsylvania's abortion restrictions are among the toughest in the USA.)
And who made sure that Hafer would not run? She was pushed out by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who previously supported Hafer, then made the call forcing her out of the race; Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who serves as the top Senate recruiter for the Democrats (as head of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee); and political consultants who are already lining up with the Casey campaign.
Send a message to each of them now—and tell them what you think.
To run another anti-abortion candidate against Santorum, as the Democrats did in 2000, will result in sure defeat. Hafer has won four statewide elections in Pennsylvania (TRUE BUT: I believe all of Hafer's election wins were as a Republican. She just bolted to the Dems in the past two years. She also got her hat handed to her by Casey Sr. in a race for governor....) and is the strongest possible challenger to Santorum (ONLY in your dreams. The Casey name still carries tremendous cache in Pennsylvania). A recent Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates poll conducted on behalf of Hafer showed that 60% of Pennsylvania Democrats, 54% of Independents, and 40% of Republicans are pro-choice. (If you believe that the poll wasn't skewed to draw that response, I have some wonderful swampland in the Sahara to sell you.)
Don't mistake this for a random act—it is a calculated effort by party leaders to build a so-called "bigger tent" at the expense of women's rights.
For equality, (YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!!)
Kim Gandy, National Organization for Women PAC
Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority PAC
Martha Burk
Dolores Huerta
Marie Wilson
Faye Wattleton
Gloria Steinem