By Dave Andrusko
One was a gentlemanly debate, the other aptly described (to be kind) as a “food fight.” However, yesterday afternoon’s action in the Senate over two bills and last night’s raucous debate among seven pro-abortion Democrat presidential aspirants spoke volumes about just how out of touch Democrats are with the American public. They also illustrated how invested Democrats are in abortion, which has become not a mere “plank” in the party’s platform but a load-bearing beam.
National Right to Life posted a number of stories last night and today about a “debate” over whether the Senate was going to engage in a real debate over the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (S. 3275) and the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” (S. 311). The former was sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The latter was sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) We’re reposting both their remarks today.
Both measures failed to garner 60 votes needed to end a filibuster (‘invoke cloture’). Pro-abortion Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) carried the flag for the Democrats, complaining that they would be voting on measures that had been voted on (and defeated) before.
“We know the outcome,” Durbin said. “We can virtually predict within one or two votes what it is going to be. At the end of the day, Republicans will turn to a special interest group and say: We told you we could call this every year. We did it.”
Really? Pick your piece of legislation that had been defeated over and over again until…suddenly, or not so suddenly….a new consensus emerged.
As proponents walked the long road that ended in victory, they were no doubt taunted by the Dick Durbins of their day whining about them “wasting” the Senate’s (or House of Representatives’) time. Then, a new day dawns, and an injustice that had been obscured was laid bare and a nation’s conscience said, “No more!”
At the end of his remarks, Sen. Lindsey Graham addressed his colleague, Sen. Ben Sasse.
To Senator Sasse, I say that you are an articulate spokesman for your legislation. One day, we will prevail. It took 15 years to pass the late-term abortion ban [the ban on partial-birth abortions]. It is going to take a while, but our day will come.
At the end of the day, the sooner America can get this right, the better off we will be.
Meanwhile, last night’s debate went off the rails about a nanosecond and a half into the two-hour slugfest in Charleston. Going in, the debate held considerable promise, what with the South Carolina primary coming up Saturday.
Instead, Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders essentially mounted a filibuster, eating up an enormous of time responding to what others had said about him, or just because he wanted to talk. (The moderators were as passive as they were comically inept.) Jim Geraghty characterized last night’s debate as “angry shouting and incoherent crosstalk.”
There was no discussion of abortion. Except…
These debates are so tedious that I simultaneously watch and follow various sites that are tweeting about what the seven competitors are saying. Obviously tongue-in-cheek, one said the most “pro-life” comment of the night came from pro-abortion Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
In relaying a story about her own pregnancy, Warren switched gears to accuse former Mayor Bloomberg of once telling a pregnant employee to “kill it,” an allegation Bloomberg repeated denied, last night and previously.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk more about both of the Senate bills and, to a lesser extent, the debate.