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Hey Kate Michelman: Run as a Democrat, or Don't Run At All
I glanced at the Inquirer today, and a headline really caught my attention. There was a picture of a vaguely familiar woman, and a headline that said Senate race could get more crowded. Turns out, the picture was of Kate Michelman, long-time leader of NARAL. I immediately thought to myself that with a candidate able to tap national money, Michelman could at least make things interesting for Bob Casey in the primary. And then I read the first paragraph of the article:
Kate Michelman, a prominent abortion-rights advocate, said yesterday that she was giving "some thought" to running as an independent in the race for a Pennsylvania seat in the U.S. Senate.
As an independent? ARE YOU GODDAMNED KIDDING ME?
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Look, many people are unhappy with the choice of Bob Casey. Fine. Find a candidate you think can beat him in the primary, and go for it. But running as an independent, and virtually ensuring a Rick Santorum victory? Are you insane? Seriously, are you really that short sighted?
First, just to be clear, if Michelman runs, Santorum wins. I know that there are more pro-choice people in PA than not. But, for many, many, many people, it is simply not the biggest issue. And, for many, many, many people in Philadelphia, they are not going to pull the lever for a non-democratic candidate. Michelman will have zero, and I mean zero chance to win. However, I could see her getting 10 or 15 percent of the vote, which would guarentee a Santorum win.
Second, when choice advocates do something like this, they feed into what everyone seems to be saying about them these days: They are one issue, bizarrely non-strategic group of middle to upper class people who care less about protecting women's rights (or any other progressive values) than about making sure there is a pro-choice candidate in a race. NARAL endorsed Rhode Island's GOP Senator Lincoln Chafee, despite the fact that he votes for Bill Frist as majority leader, and ensures that people like Sam Alito sit on the Supreme Court for thirty years.
Bob Casey is pro-life. Bob Casey will also vote for Harry Reid as majority leader. If Democrats are in the majority, no matter how Casey feels, reactionary judges for the Supreme Court will not even make it out of committee. If Rick Santorum wins, Dems have zero chance to take back the Senate. If that happens, you better sure as hell hope that Justice Stevens does not feel like retiring, because at that point not only will choice go, but so will just about everything else, from protecting the environment to worker's rights.
I just will assume that Michelman is floating a trial balloon, to see what the reaction is. But, if she at all values health care, a minimum wage, or yes, CHOICE, she will run as a Democrat, or not at all.