Friday, September 18, 2015

Quickies: Planned Parenthood And The “Debate”

     It sometimes seems to me that politicians must undergo the surgical removal of their spines before being allowed to seek public office. Consider the exchange between Dana Bash and Chris Christie, in which Bash strove mightily to get Christie to say he’d support a “government shutdown” if it meant defunding Planned Parenthood, while Christie strove equally hard to alter the focus:

     BASH: Yes or no. Would you support the shutdown?

     CHRISTIE: No, no, it's really important, Dana. We got to talk about what we would be willing to shut down for. Why don't we put tax reform on this President’s desk and make him veto it if that’s what he wants to do. Why haven't we repealed and replaced ObamaCare? Make him veto it if that’s what he wants to do.

     ...and so forth. Never mind that Christie, the governor of a state, would have no part to play in deciding on the federal budget, and if elected president would surely sign a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood without a qualm. Bash was determined to paint him as a villain in the minds of CNN’s female viewers, a majority of whom (she assumed) consider Planned Parenthood impeccable.

     Did it never occur to this former federal prosecutor, current governor, and presidential hopeful to respond thus:

     CHRISTIE: Yes, I would. The last “government shutdown” killed zero innocent babies to sell their organs for parts. Planned Parenthood kills approximately a thousand unborn children every day. Which side are you on, Dana?

     I suppose that answer would disqualify me from higher office. Not that I’m all broken up about it, mind you.


Russell said...

Well, I've long thought "higher office" was a misnomer, this merely confirmed it.

JoeFromSidney said...

Your comment about politicians reminded me of an old joke. Three surgeons are enjoying a coffee break before returning to their duties. One says, I prefer to operate on accountants. Everything inside is neatly labeled. The next says, I prefer to operate on electrical engineers. Everything inside is color coded. The third says, I prefer to operate on politicians. No brains and no guts.