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A Quick Lieberman Thought

A crucial distinction between the Democratic party and the Republican party rests with abortion: The Democratic party is, by and large, “pro-choice”; the Republican party is, by and large, “pro-life.” There are a few pro-lifers in the Democratic party (precious few); and there are more than a few pro-choicers in the Republican party. But still . . .

Sometimes people say — people complain — that the parties are Tweedledum and Tweedledee (or Tweedledum and Tweedledumber). Not true. And a main reason it’s not true: abortion.

Okay: If the Republican nominee picks as his vice-presidential nominee a man who supports abortion on demand — a lot of people might say, “There goes my rationale for supporting the Republican party — doesn’t really matter to me who wins now.”

Listen, I think the election of McCain over Obama is absolutely critical — if for war-and-peace issues alone. But if McCain had as his running mate an out-and-out abortion-on-demander, even I, to be frank, would gulp at pulling the lever for him.

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