Did ya’ll watch C-SPAN last night? The Republican strategy of frantically burying their racist and classist rhetoric under a protective shield of faux concern for unborn babies was in full, glorious display. Between the white dudes arguing that socialist health care reform will “enslave” the American people (inside) and the white dudes chanting racial epithets at black representatives (outside), I managed to catch this gem from Republican Indiana Rep. Mike Pence (above), who argued that supporting health care amounts to signing a devil’s deal with Barack Obama, “the most pro-abortion president in American history.”
Because even when the U.S. government explicitly states that it will continue to not fund abortions, Republicans just can’t seem to let go of their major justification for denying health care to poor, uninsured Americans: their irrational hatred of women.
“Only in Washington, D.C. could you exchange the pro-life protections enshrined in the law for thirty years for a piece of paper signed by the most pro-abortion president in American history,” Pence announced. Well, certainly Obama deserves some sort of award for this distinction! After two centuries of only mildly pro-abortion presidents, and wishy-washy presidents with no discernible views on abortion (I’m looking at you, Millard Fillmore), it’s refreshing to finally find a president whose love for abortion can be definitively measured as more intense than the love for abortion held by the 43 men who came before him. I can just imagine Pence furiously calculating Obama’s love for abortion, checking and re-checking the mathematics deep into the night in preparation for the health care debate: “multiply by amount of sorrow expressed at George Tiller‘s murder . . . divided by the cosine of Clinton’s love for abortion . . . carry the two . . . my God! It is true!”
All of which is by way of saying, a friend made this commemorative online thingy, and I thought it was funny.