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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 29, 2008

The National Abortion Rights Action League is spitting mad over McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate. The phrase "anti-choice" occurs eleven times in its heavy-breathing press release. Here's NARAL's Nancy Keenan: 

"John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate proves just how rigid and extreme his administration would be when it comes to a woman's right to choose," Keenan said. "For 25 years, McCain has opposed a woman's right to choose, and we know that he will continue to push anti-choice policies in the White House. McCain's pick of anti-choice Sarah Palin is further evidence that his White House will be just another four years of Bush-style policies. Any remaining doubts about McCain's extreme anti-choice position should be put to rest when voters learn about the combined anti-choice records of Sarah Palin and John McCain." 

No argument, Nancy. We can all agree that Sarah Palin is resolutely opposed to the only choice you consider important.  Five significant choices she did make do not seem to have registered in your appraisal of her. Perhaps that accounts for the touch of jittery-ness that leaks out in the paragraph below: 
 

Sen. McCain's selection of Palin as his vice-presidential running mate is especially troublesome for the unique audience of women voters NARAL Pro-Choice America is targeting: Independent and Republican pro-choice women in suburban and exurban swing districts. These women play a pivotal role in the presidential election. Recent polling confirms how, once these voters know McCain's extreme opposition to a woman's right to choose and family planning, they will switch parties to support Sen. Barack Obama.  

Maybe. But I should think NARAL would be doing cartwheels in glee -- if they believed their own propaganda -- that McCain picked a running mate who takes a more hard-line position against abortion than he does himself. Their statement doesn't have a particularly gleeful ring, does it?

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