Say what you want about the abortion debate -- at least it used to be pretty straightforward. But as we saw last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidates Dan Onorato and Jack Wagner have both been qualifying their position on choice matters. Although when the campaign began, both were widely understood to be anti-abortion, both Onorato and Wagner say they support current state law allowing abortion.
Meanwhile, over in the GOP, a squabble has broken out over whether the front-running Senate nominee hates choice enough.
The campaign of Peg Luksik -- an anti-choice absolutist from the old school -- has just sent a public letter to LifePAC of SouthWestern PA, faulting the pro-life group for including Senate contender Pat Toomey on its list of pro-life candidates.
Toomey boasts about having a 0 percent rating from NARAL, the pro-choice group. But in a letter to LifePAC president Mary Lou Gartner, Lusik objected that Toomey
publicly stated in numerous publications that he would have supported the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. He has also stated that he believes that President Obama should continue to receive deference in his Supreme Court nominees. No issue is more important to the pro-life community than the Supreme Court, and President Obama's pro-cohice nominees have the potential to do generatoins' worth of damage to our cause.
And it goes on like that, with Luksik accusing Toomey of a handful of Congressional votes that strayed from the pro-life gospel.
Don't get me wrong: If Pat Toomey is elected to the U.S. Senate, I have the utmost confidence he will vote against all of Barack Obama's judicial appointees. But like Onorato, he's got every reason in the world to soft-peddle his position on choice until the November election. Riling voters up with a wedge issue like abortion isn't going to be a great strategy in a year like this one, when so many voters are focused on the economy.
Still, it's kinda funny to see abortion dividing the GOP for a change.
Oh, and guess who else is listed as being pro-life in the LifePAC flyer?