You’re Mixing Two Things

At first blush, it seems that Herman Cain is confused.

Or, is he?

I first thought he seemed confused here, which is not unthinkable. The Republican position on abortion is utterly confused because it flies in the face of the party’s fantasy that it stands against government interference. I initially thought what you were seeing here was a politician who was belying the difficulty in trying to hold both of those positions simultaneously in one brain.


I think that by the time you reach the end of the tape, your realize that Herman Cain is actually espousing something entirely different.

Herman Cain is quite honestly advocating a return to back-alley abortions.

He doesn’t want them legal. But, he says, if a member of his family needed one, wink, wink. In other words, Herman Cain espouses the very conditions that inspired Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington to track down Norma McCorvey in the first place. In those days, abortion was illegal. Unless, of course, you had a few bucks.

Herman Cain makes it perfectly clear that he wants to return us to those days, when only rich folks could have that kind of access. Funny how when you strip issues down to a few fundamental parts, they tend to look the same as the others.

The Blind Shepard

Bishop Robert Finn of the Kansas City Arch Diocese has become the first American Catholic Bishop to be indicted for covering up sexual abuse of children. Kudos to District Attorney Jean Peters Baker for having the guts to bring an action against the church, which has made a policy of covering up for pedophile priests.

This is an unusual case for the church in that the priest involved, The Rev. Shawn Ratigan (See KIAV ) had a predilection for little girls. Bishop Finn, a noted conservative, had previously settled a number of pedofile lawsuits and promised to promptly report incidents in the future. In this case, however, he apparently knew about Ratigan for a year before reporting anything.

Now here is the thing. Bishop Finn is staying on the job. He says he has a busy pastoral schedule and all, so he can’t possibly step down. Like the flock needs a half blind shepard. Or some pedophile priest in Westport needs protection.

We Wouldn’t Have Had All These Problems Over All These Years

A death-defying quote in the USA Toady’s story about Alabama’s “tough” new immigration law, which will probably further wreck that state’s economy, which, by the way, is all that tough immigration laws like this one tend to accomplish. But that’s not what this is about. Get a tub of popcorn and put your feet up. This one is a doozy.

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, a Republican [sic], says he cringes when he hears the law compared to Jim Crow laws, state and local laws that targeted African Americans in the South decades ago and were eventually repealed.

“There’s a big difference,” Hubbard says. “In that time, it was the federal government making the states do what was right. In this case, it’s the state of Alabama trying to make the federal government do what’s right.”

Either that guy was just taken out of context, or he just said on the record that it was the moral duty of the federal government to keep black people and white people from having to swim in the same CEE-ment ponds.

The amazing thing is that it just got reported, just like that. The reporter apparently did not find it necessary to challenge or clarify the quote. I wonder if, in fact, these media gatekeepers failed to register the obvious red flags that were raised by what this guy said.

And I wonder if anyone else will notice it. It is an astonishing quote.