McCain mocks the importance of women's health

McCain:

Just again, the example of the eloquence of Sen. Obama. He's health for the mother. You know, that's been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything. That's the extreme pro-abortion position, quote, "health."

Horrors. "Health." Let's mock women don't want to die, or become infertile. The reality of abortion is that many women seeking abortions plan to have children at some other point, or already have children. Mocking those women's concerns for their health is incredibly offensive.

Clearly, the exchange over McCain's dishonest and dishonorable campaign got under his skin. Can we afford to have a president who will mock sick women to make himself feel better?

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Look, the obvious thing is: if your wife is infertile because she chose a back-alley abortion to save her life, well, you can always dump her and find some rich sugar-mommy to sponge off of. It's the McCain-Way!

Since when did eloquence become a drawback? During last night's debate, it seemed "transparent"--though surely not intended to be--that McCain felt that by using a word that otherwise would be considered praise, he was signaling to his target audience that Obama is not like them, but rather is an elitist.

There have been any number of variations on this kind of back-handed compliment in presidential politics, including the Republican Party positioning Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson as an "egghead"...unlike good old General Ike. The tactic worked, first in the election of 1952 election and then again in 1956.

By Involved1 (not verified) on 16 Oct 2008 #permalink