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The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

“Some­one ought to tell the pres­i­dent and the speaker of the House that they are cre­at­ing a new Bob Casey prob­lem for their party. And his name is Bart Stu­pak,” Wall Street Jour­nal colum­nist William McGurn writes.

“The Bob Casey in ques­tion is the late gov­er­nor of Penn­syl­va­nia, so fa­mously hu­mil­i­ated at the 1992 Demo­cratic con­ven­tion. Party of­fi­cials who de­nied the podium to the pro-life Demo­crat some­how found speak­ing slots for sev­eral pro-choice Repub­li­cans. That mo­ment helped tar the Democrats as a party of abor­tion in­tol­er­ance — a prob­lem the party thought it put be­hind it in 2006 when the gov­er­nor’s son, Demo­crat Robert Casey Jr., was elected se­na­tor as a pro-life Demo­crat,” Mr. McGurn said.

“Now party el­ders are mak­ing the Casey mis­take all over again. A nine-term con­gress­man from north­ern Michi­gan, Mr. Stu­pak is the kind of Catholic who once con­sti­tuted the heart of the Demo­cratic Party. Just like Gov. Casey be­fore him, Mr. Stu­pak’s stand for life — in this case, his fight against tax dol­lars for abor­tion — is mak­ing him a thorn in the side of a Demo­cratic pres­i­dent.

“It didn’t have to be this way. In his Notre Dame speech, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama called for ‘open hearts’ that would help us find ‘com­mon ground’ to ‘re­duce the num­ber of women seek­ing abor­tions.’ Dur­ing his more re­cent ad­dress to a joint ses­sion of Congress, the pres­i­dent was even more spe­cific about health care re­form, promis­ing that ‘no fed­eral dol­lars will be used to fund abor­tions.’

“That is just what Mr. Stu­pak is try­ing to do with an amend­ment to the health care leg­is­la­tion that would ex­plic­itly ban fed­eral fund­ing for abor­tion. Here’s the prob­lem: His own party won’t let him bring it to the floor for a vote. It’s a re­play of ear­lier this year, when the lead­er­ship blocked a sim­i­lar Stu­pak ef­fort on a fi­nan­cial ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill that ended up re­mov­ing re­stric­tions on D.C. tax­payer fund­ing for abor­tion.” re­sult of so­cial in­jus­tice rather than the per­sonal choice to en­gage in law­less be­hav­ior. The ghet­tos, drugs, gangs and vi­o­lence are on dis­play for all to see in spite of Jeremiah Wright, Louis Far­rakhan, ACORN and all the com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ing.

“Treat­ing poor black peo­ple as vic­tims to be ‘organized’ has been an ab­ject fail­ure. They are hu­man be­ings to be ed­u­cated, in­spired and re­quired to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own lives. The tragedy here is that Der­rion was do­ing just that and it was work­ing, but the malig­nant pathol­ogy of the ghetto spread to him on that un­for­tu­nate day and ended his promis­ing life.

“There is an­other tragedy. The so-called black civil rights leaders have been mute. Had this been a white gang at­tack­ing a black gang mem­ber, they would have jumped in front of ev­ery cam­era and mi­cro­phone avail­able to de­cry racism and in­jus­tice in Amer­ica. If it had been a black crim­i­nal with a long rap sheet, killed in a con­fronta­tion with a white po­lice of­fi­cer, there

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In­con­ceiv­able: In­di­ana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Repub­li­can, joked about Chicago’s los­ing bid for the 2016 Olympics by won­der­ing how it is that the city “can’t fix an elec­tion any more.”

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