Rand Paul was questioned by somebody yesterday repeating DNC talking points about abortion. Paul turned around and told the media to ask the DNC what their position is.
Why don’t we ask the DNC: is it OK to kill a 7-pound baby in the uterus? You go back and you ask Debbie Wassif she’s OK with killing a 7-pound baby that is just not yet born yet. Ask her when life begins, and you ask Debbie when she’s willing to protect life. When you get an answer from Debbie, come back to it.
It’s around 8:00 here:
CNN notes that Wasserman Schultz responded quickly:
Wasserman Schultz quickly responded, saying Paul should explain whether he believes abortion should ever be legal.
“Here’s an answer,” she said in an emailed statement. “I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved. Period. End of story. Now your turn, Senator Paul.”
So in the view of Wasserman Schultz, apparently, if a woman can find a “doctor” to kill her viable baby for any reason at any moment before it is fully delivered, it’s A-OK. Will reporters ask Hillary! if she agrees with that? You let me know when that happens, OK?
This is a game that’s being played here, I think. My best guess is that Paul’s views are probably somewhat similar to my own and he doesn’t want to say what they are for fear of alienating religious conservatives. He probably thinks that generally classical liberals believe in freedom, but that one must also recognize that a growing human life has an ever-increasing insistence on our collective duty to care for it. That if you don’t take a hard-line view one way or the other — whether it’s a religious view that life begins at conception, or a wild DWS “stab ’em in the head at any moment before they come out!” free for all — that it’s a difficult question that does not open itself up to easy answers. That early-term abortions done for the right reasons are inferior to adoptions but may not demand state action. That rape and incest should be exceptions to any law prohibiting abortions. And that, no matter how difficult these questions can be early in the pregnancy, they become pretty common-sense once a baby begins to resemble a fully-formed human being in form and function. And that the hard-line Democrat DWS view is monstrous.
But Big Media ignores all nuance and wants to get him on the record because they know it will get him in trouble with the hard-line religious conservatives, whose views I respect and Paul likely respects, even if we might disagree with some of them in some particulars.
So they let the monstrous nature of the position of the DNC Chair slide. Hillary! will never be asked about it. Nobody will follow up with DWS and ask: “Do you really mean” x, y, or z. Just more pressing on Paul, because he seems evasive.
This is the game Big Media plays. We’ll see how well Paul continues to play it. So far, I think he’s doing OK.