Stupak-Pitts stinks and we need to work to make sure it’s stripped from whatever sort of health care bill manages to make it out of the Senate.
But while we’re at it can we please find other ways of talking about it that don’t assume that “Women” are a monolithic voting bloc and that the thoughts, needs, interests, concerns, and voting records of all women happen to be exactly the same as those of left-leaning, mostly white, mostly urban and coastal dwelling intellectuals, academics, and bloggers.
While we’re at it, can we find a way of talking about the Democrats’ “base” as if it isn’t made up exclusively of the same cohort of left-leaning, mostly white, mostly urban and coastal dwelling intellectuals, academics, and bloggers.
Just for instance, the base includes an awful of of African-Americans, men and women, who are on the whole much more socially conservative than the rest of the base, and it includes an increasing number of Hispanics, men and women, quite a few of whom are Catholic.
I don’t think we have to pull a Lord Saletan or go all over Amy Sullivanish to do this, nor do we have to give up or hedge on principles. I just think that we can find a way to advocate for things without talking as if of course every good Democrat and liberal thinks like us.