Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Bebee Slips and Wiggles on Abortion

In today's Brummett column, he takes on the Herculian task of trying to pin down Attorney General Mike Bebee on the abortion issue. Mr. Bebee has earned the moniker "catfish"- as in "as slippery as a catfish in a jar of vaseline"- because of his nuance, parsing, and evasiveness on almost every issue on which there is serious controversy. Biodiesel is not controversial, so he can speak with clarity and precision. Abortion is controversial, so he slips and wiggles.

I have said before that meaningful communication is impossible with a parser, because they do not desire to communicate with you. They only want to give you the vague impression they are on your side. When it is crunch time, you will find that you "misunderstood" them. With parsers, it is all just a big misunderstanding, and it always will be.

Consider what Brummett himself says about Bebee's abortion position,
"I'll say this: I've never seen anybody, not even Mark Pryor, cut the abortion issue more fine than Beebe.

His position is sliced into so many pieces that it would seem easy enough for him to hand out only those he considers palatable to his audience, whether it be Tim Wooldridge Democrats, meaning religious conservatives, or traditional liberal"

If a conservative is ever this slippery and wiggly, Brummett does not waste a lot of time marvelling at the man's political skills, he goes straight to nailing him as a low-down catfish. Even he is irritated enough with Bebee to not let Bebee get away with saying he is "not pro-choice".

Brummett writes, "He says he personally opposes abortion. He says he supports restrictions on abortion - such as on late-term abortions and with parental notification or even consent - so long as they are constitutional. But some restrictions will always be constitutional, of course, so long as the precedent of Roe v. Wade survives. Beebe says he'd like it to survive, although he hastens to assert that the ruling has been so contorted by subsequent cases over the year that it bears little resemblance to its original form. The allowances for abortion that he favors, Beebe says, are rape, incest and not only to save the woman's life, but in deference to a doctor's concern for the woman's health. Sometimes, he says, the matter must come down to the woman, her doctor and her god.

Are you dizzy? Don't be. He's pro-choice, whether he says so or not. "

Don't be dizzy. He's pro-choice, whether he says so or not. We have a killer catfish on our hands, and the voters need to decide if they want to spend the next four years with a man who is not only pro-abortion, but who slips and wiggles on every tough issue. Voters have to decide if they want to spend the next four years straining away listening to him in the vain hope of trying to figure out what he really means.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, the democrats have nominated the most secular and liberal ticket imaginable. The Republican Party needs to get that message out.

6:36 AM, August 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I honestly think that a lot of Democrats in this state, with the exception of the liberal second district, are more moderate or even conservative than the Democratic ticket is.

7:21 PM, August 01, 2006  
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