October 12, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Bush promises faithful: I will overturn Roe v. Wade

Continuing with my belated debate coverage, here is the lead of Paperwight's Fair Shot: Dred Scott = Roe v. Wade.
Some people seem to be a bit boggled by Bush's Dred Scott remark last night. It wasn't about racism or slavery, or just Bush's natural incoherence. Here's what Bush actually said:
If elected to another term, I promise that I will nominate Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade.
Bush couldn't say that in plain language, because it would freak out every moderate swing voter in the country, but he can say it in code, to make sure that his base will turn out for him. Anti-choice advocates have been comparing Roe v. Wade with Dred Scott v. Sandford for some time now. There is a constant drumbeat on the religious right to compare the contemporary culture war over abortion with the 19th century fight over slavery, with the anti-choicers cast in the role of the abolitionists.
Here's the simple Google link that makes the case: search abortion dred scott TrackBack

At this point, it's probably best to add "-paperwight" to that search. I've managed to pollute the Google rankings.

Thanks for the link.

Posted by: paperwight at October 12, 2004 9:12 PM
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