In 2004, Obama 'Felt a Pang of Shame' for Demagoguing Pro-Lifers
5:18 PM, Sep 4, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Booker said that while watching the Republican National Convention last week, “I heard people stand up and say, ‘I love women.’ I heard people stand up: ‘I’ve got a sister. I’ve got a mother.’”
“That’s like saying you’re not a bigot ’cause you have a black friend,” the mayor said. “That’s like saying I love Latinos, I go to Taco Bell every week."
"I don’t understand how somebody can say they love women," Booker said, "when they are denying women access to health care, when they are denying women strategies to protect their life, when they are implementing policies that undermine all the ground that we have gained."
Booker's questioning whether Republicans really "love" women is all part of the Democratic party's strategy this week to demagogue, distort, and lie about Mitt Romney's position on abortion and contraception. At the Planned Parenthood rally, which drew a small crowd of maybe 300 people, Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Milwaukee said the election is about "whether or not you can have contraception."
Sandra Fluke, Georgetown Law graduate and free contraception advocate, painted Romney as callous toward rape victims. "When he was governor of Massachusetts, he vetoed a bill that would have guaranteed victims of rape access to emergency contraception when they went to the emergency room," Fluke said. Romney, like Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, supported a limited conscience protection for hospital workers. Massachusetts Democrats tried to smear Brown in 2010 on this issue, but the attack backfired.
These lies and distortions are central to the Obama candidacy. Obama campaign TV ads continue to falsely claim that Romney wants to ban abortion in the case of rape.
One has to wonder what the Barack Obama of 2004 would think of his 2012 campaign against pro-lifers. In his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope, Obama recounted how he felt a "pang of shame" for merely calling pro-lifers "right-wing ideologues" on his 2004 campaign website (words that are quite mild compared to today's "war on women" and "rape" rhetoric). Here's the excerpt from Obama's book: