Abortion Digs on VP Hopeful Sebelius Are Ridiculous

But nice try, right wing
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 12:46 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.   (AP Photo/Dick Whipple)
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(Newser) – Right-wingers may be gleefully lampooning Kathleen Sebelius as a money-launderer for an abortion doc, Tim Rutten writes in the Los Angeles Times, but one could make the equally ridiculous case that by writing about it Robert Novak is an Opus Dei operative plotting a national overthrow. Abortion couldn't hurt the Obama veep frontrunner anyway, as this election cycle has happily been immune to “single-issue appeals.”

It’s really a guilt-by-association strategy, Rutten writes, and it shows how desperate some conservatives are to get reproductive rights back into partisan politics. A state bishop wants the Catholic guv to stop taking communion after standing up for abortion law, but it won't stick to Sebelius, who's personally pro-life and far less a pro-choice hawk than Hillary Clinton.