Anti-Choice McCain is Not a Moderate
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One of the ongoing issues in this election is going to be waking people up to the fact that John McCain is a grade A, totally not moderate social conservative. This is critical for that swing vote, especially those swing voters that say, â€œWell, I donâ€™t think abortion should be illegal, but itâ€™s bad to use it as birth control.â€ Translation of that sentiment: â€œI want to be able to have an abortion if I so desire, but I reserve the right to gossip about others in tones that indicate that Iâ€™m so scandalized.â€ These people would shy away from a ban, of course, but they probably can be convinced to vote for someone they erroneously believe talks the anti-choice talk but wonâ€™t do the anti-choice walk.
Or, long story short: McCain is running the same campaign that worked so well for Bush. The â€œcompassionate conservativeâ€, i.e. panders to the haters but wants you to think deep down inside that heâ€™s not really a hater. This goes for the gay thing, too. Bush pushed for the marriage ban, but to maintain the illusion of compassion, the Bush administration actually tried to rein in some of their crazier homophobes. Not sure what the line in the sand is on reproductive rights, though, since the Bush administration appointed a bunch of misogynists to the Supreme Court and passed a really terrible piece of anti-abortion legislation and tried to block emergency contraception from being sold over the counter.
Educating people about McCainâ€™s hard right views on womenâ€™s rights will be an uphill battle this election, but I was pleased to see that he was helping us out with his mailers.