Playing up the War on Women meme and the Todd Akin gaffe, the Democrats are going to be celebrating their most sacred
rite right at their Convention in September:
Democrats said that they will feature Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parent Action Fund, Nancy Keenan, president of the NARAL Pro-Choice America and Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University student whose plea for federal birth control funding drew the ire–and a subsequent apology–from Rush Limbaugh.
What’s more, the Democrats are expanding their list of women ready to assail the GOP on women’s issue, adding Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and actress Eva Longoria to the list that already includes Sen. John Kerry and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
This goes hand in hand with their rejection of Cardinal Dolan’s offer to pray at the Democrat convention. Dolan is giving the benediction at the Republican convention this week, so in an effort at even-handedness, he offered to do so for the Democrats. This offer was rejected out of hand. Why? It would have been smart politics for the Democrats to have the Cardinal pray for them, perhaps the visuals marginally helping them with Catholic voters. Yet they turned up their nose. I can think of three reasons for the rejection:
1. Complete contempt for the Cardinal who has been leading the fight against the HHS mandate.
2. Concern that the Cardinal would have slammed them in his prayer, or at least mentioned some of the ongoing controversies between the Obama administration and the Church.
3. Fear that some of their pro-abort and pro-gay marriage delegates might boo the Cardinal, demonstrating the tolerance that modern liberals are justly famed for.
I’d say one or three might be the most likely. At any rate the Democrats, unable to run on the pig of the economy that Obama has produced, are running pure Culture War this time around. Should be interesting.
Update: Now the Democrats have invited the Cardinal to give the closing prayer, no doubt partially due to the static they were getting from blogs regarding their initial refusal. It will be interesting to hear what the Cardinal says and how a group of fired up leftist Democrats react.