The Democrat Wordsmithing Begins In Earnest
Hillary Clinton attempts a "Half-Daschle" off the high board.
Hillary Clinton's first post-Election-2004 speech on abortion rights comes complete with lines like "I for one respect those who believe with all their heart and conscience that there are no circumstances under which abortion should be available" and bows and scrapes to "faith and organized religion" while she breaks her arm patting herself on the back for "remind[ing] the audience that during the 1990's, she promoted 'teen celibacy.'"
OK, fellow bloggers and researchers, let's get out the google and find that quote if it exists.
Here's what I found: Thursday, January 13, 2005: "Hillary Clinton criticizes Bush on abstinence..." 2008 UPDATE: That link is now gone but The New York Times link above is still good, as is this one.
Note that even the liberal NYT reported,
But they also said [Hillary's] language and themes seemed politically calculated to deal with the abortion "freak-out" among Democrats, as one audience member put it, and reach out to independent and conservative voters in hopes of broadening her base of support for a possible 2008 presidential run.Now let's refresh our memories with all the quotes she's world-renowned for, like these at the March For Choice 2004:
"If all we do is march today, it will not change the direction this country is heading in. This must be the beginning, not the end. Keep in mind, 50 million women in our country did not vote in 2000. You have to be willing to stand up for the Constitution and elect John Kerry in November."
There also were at least 9 years' worth of women and men--about 12 million total--who weren't alive to vote in the 2000 election either.
"To support individual freedom and oppose the threats to individual rights, abortion is a question of conscience."
"We didn't have to march for twelve long years because we had a government that respected the rights of women. The only way we're going to be able to avoid having to march again and again and again is to elect John Kerry president."
From the BBC:
"President George W. Bush's administration was filled with people who view the Supreme Court ruling that legalised abortion as 'the worst abomination of constitutional law', US Senator Hillary Clinton said. She told protesters the Bush administration was going further - 'turning the clock back... on so many issues that are important to women.'"And the entire text of her speech that day on the Mall in Washington (to about 250,000 people, per D.C. police, not one million), with the piece de resistance:
"You know twelve years ago we had a march and that march helped to galvanize people across our country and we elected a pro-choice president. This year we have to do that exact thing."
When Plan A fails, resort to Plan B, Hillary? You can fool some of the people some of the time. But both those numbers' are going down, down, down.
Just ask Tom Daschle.
Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.