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E.J. Dionne is impressed with the efforts of pro-life Democrats to move Obama on the abortion issue.

The consensual tone on this divisive issue reflects intense behind-the-scenes lobbying by Obama’s religious supporters, who asked him to put off for at least a day his executive order ending the ban on federal funds for groups involved in abortions overseas. The symbolism of the delay suggested that Obama intends to continue to poach constituencies that were once reliably Republican.

Wow, a whole day. Those religious supporters must be very proud. He’s bound to poach that pro-life constituency now.



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