We’re on the eve of another election day, and it’s dirty tricks time. One of the dirty tricks is to falsely accuse the other side of dirty tricks. Another dirty trick, in a party primary, is for the other party to get involved and do dirty tricks. For example, an anti-choice group might just decide they can prolong the Democrats’ agony by making robocalls on Hillary Clinton’s behalf. It’s all fun. Of course, this isn’t just any anti-choice group; it’s National Right to Life.
Clinton and Obama are more or less indistinguishable on abortion rights, both in their support for access to abortion, and in the way they talk about the issue.
The call attacks him for promising to sign federal legislation that would make it harder for states to impede abortion, and for voting against a (complicated) bill in the state legislature that would have more heavily regulated late-term abortions to the end of saving, the call says, “the lives of babies who survived late term abortions.”
Former Indiana Rep. Tim Roemer, a pro-life Obama backer, said the group is playing politics.
“National Right to Life is running these calls because they know that Senator Clinton will be the easier Democrat to run against in the general election—and this is their way of giving her a helping hand in this tough primary battle,” he said in the emailed statement.
Say what you will about this tactic, but it’s a pretty good testimonial about Barack Obama’s pro-choice credentials. Obviously, National Right to Life doesn’t see him as more of an ally than Hillary Clinton. Or, maybe they are just shrewd enough to know that Clinton won’t ultimately win either way, and they can help further splinter the Democratic Party.
Isn’t it amazing how strongly the Establishment fights against change?