A little ado about nothing: Biden says nothing new in interview

By Dave Andrusko

Vice President Joe Biden being interviewed by Father Matt Malone, S.J., editor in chief of America magazine.

Vice President Joe Biden being interviewed by
Father Matt Malone, S.J., editor in chief of America magazine.

I write for a living and far be it from me to begrudge a publication tooting its own horn. But for America magazine to characterize its interview with pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden as “Biden Interview Starts New Conversations in Abortion Debate” is almost comically over the top.

We wrote on Wednesday about the interview, which took place September 17 and went online September 21.  It was the same old, same old from Biden who told Fr. Matt Malone, the editor in chief of the Catholic weekly newspaper, that while abortion is “always wrong,” it’s not for him “to say that to other God­fearing, [or] non­God­fearing people that have a different view.”

And, for good measure, he said with a straight face that he just can’t wait to greet pro-lifers at the Democratic Party’s front door. Yeah, right.

America’s Zac David concluded Biden’s comments “are blurring some long-established lines in the culture wars and generating significant interest in the media and among commentators.”

I mean, seriously. What Biden said is that he is “personally pro-choice,” without using that hackneyed phrase. And to say that pro-lifers are “absolutely, positively” welcomed in his party is to cast a blind eye on what happens to Democrats who successfullly run for Congress as pro-lifers. They are as rare as hen’s teeth.

America is by no means a conservative publication, but many of the responses offered two obvious rejoinders. How would what Biden said make the slightest crack in pro-abortion Democratic orthodoxy? And would Biden have allowed the late Governor of Pennsylvania Robert Casey to speak at the Democrat convention in 1992? Or, more relevant, at the 2016 Democratic convention?