I don’t write about abortion much. I don’t know that any other issue polarizes people so quickly and completely.
I am neither pro-choice enough to suit hardcore liberals, nor pro-life enough to please many conservatives. I don’t think it should be altogether illegal. However, most days I rather doubt it is a morally neutral act, and I never think it’s an emotionally neutral act.
So I’ve always applauded, both as ideology and rhetorical elegance, policy statements that acknowledge that complexity. Bill Clinton famously said abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” George W. Bush said we could all agree there should be fewer abortions. These assertions accommodate the concerns of, I suspect, most Americans.
Not perfect, but mostly practical.
The Democratic Party, apparently finding these concerns antiquated and ridiculous, has decided that abortion is practically a rite of passage for any accomplished young woman. Such would seem to be the case with the goings-on at the convention, anyway.
Most Americans are not radical. The vulgarity of the abortion celebration last night demonstrates how radical (and out-of-touch) the Democrats have gotten.
I hope it is as serious a political miscalculation as it seems.