RNC Chairman Michael Steele said today that despite telling an interviewer he supports “individual choice” and state-level decisions on abortion, he in fact opposes abortion and supports a Constitutional ban.
You know, I’m not even as worried about the fact that he keeps putting his foot in his mouth as I am about how incoherent his original answer was:
A: The choice issue cuts two ways. You can choose life, or you can choose abortion. You know, my mother chose life. So, you know, I think the power of the argument of choice boils down to stating a case for one or the other.
Q: Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?
A; Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.
Q; You do?
A: Yeah. Absolutely.
Q: Are you saying you don’t want to overturn Roe v. Wade?
A: I think Roe v. Wade—as a legal matter, Roe v. Wade was a wrongly decided matter.
Q: Okay, but if you overturn Roe v. Wade, how do women have the choice you just said they should have?
A: The states should make that choice. That’s what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide.
The “individual choice” rests with the states? Does anybody understand that? Anybody?
I think we’re in real trouble if this is the best this guy can do. It’s as if he never thought about the issue before and is making up an answer on the spot.