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January 24, 2006

Blackwell getting cocky

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Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is getting awfully cocky. Last week, he gave a campaign-related interview in the Secretary of State's Office. That's an illegal use of office resources for campaign purposes.

More troubling is what Blackwell said in the interview with Dan Williamson of The Other Paper:

Q: If Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, would you sign a law that would outlaw abortions in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother?
A: Yes.
Q: Including the life of the mother?
A: Yes.

And the pop culture questions...

Q: Do you prefer rap or country?
A: I prefer both. And in fact, if you know anything about music, there's a country-rappers release. I don't know what the group is called, but I hear it in my home a lot.
Q: Have you ever watched a reality television show?
A: I actually starred in the first generation of reality television, which was called Real People. It was a show that came out when I wrestled a bear when I was mayor.

[Ed. ?!!]

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In the US, who wonders if State's Rights should trump Federal Statures in the abortion issue. If Roe v. Wade comes to be reversed – abortion will eventually remain legal in a number of “Blue” states after the dust has settled. In many other states it will not, or it will be so tightly restricted as to be non-existent to those who may need it (shades of this transpire as we speak based on the tutelage of Bush and Ashcroft – and likely now, Gonzales) . Women who decide to exercise their right to choose will be faced by a similar situation much the same as senior citizens today, trying to decide which purveyor in the new Medicare scheme will best fit their circumstances of medical treatment needs.
Those of privilege, or resource, will find a place (a state) that will best allow a woman of their circumstance to receive the abortion if they should seek it. They may have to travel across the country, but they will have a legal place to go. Those who are poor, disenfranchised, or imprisoned by their personal circumstances, will have but two choices: Go to the alley, or bring another child into the world that is unwanted, will be uncared for, or just can’t be sustained by a support system that would allow the child to flourish into life. The outcome of this child will be near the same as many in Third World countries. This is the greatest reason of meaning for the federal mandate of Roe v. Wade. Without it, the poorest of our society (and the youngest of reproduction age) will be the ones who suffer most. Right to Lifer’s can’t adopt all the unwanted babies – though they should have established adoption agencies nation-wide for this very purpose long ago.
It is of no doubt that Roe v. Wade has been the great polarizer in American politics for decades now causing gridlock in Washington’s House and Senate. It has tainted the nomination process of judges at many levels. No longer can Supreme Court nominees expect a unanimous vote - the kind of which has been seen in the past. While Bush once ran for office in 2000, touting the need for a smaller Washington bureaucracy and a greater scope for state’s rights – nothing near similar to that has occurred. There are so many crooked paths we travel that restrict and distract us from a truer road through our Democracy. If only a better roadmap to the future could be found. If only all branches of government could tend to their responsibilities without having to look over their shoulders and worrying over their powers being usurped by the power and greed of others.

I think Blackwell is just trying to wrap up the nomination. Strange how he doesn't seem at all concerned about the general election, which should be close. You don't suppose he's counting on an assist from Diebold, do you?

The rap/country hybrid he's hearing is no doubt Big & Rich, and I bet he's heard no more than the single, which is no doubt playing over & over at his house.

It stands against what he says he believes in, as well.

"Q: If Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, would you sign a law that would outlaw abortions in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother?
A: Yes.
Q: Including the life of the mother?
A: Yes."

Get a load of that culture of life.

Betty Montgomery drops out of the race for the Republican nomination for governor in Ohio. What is Blackwell's response?

From AP and ONN:

"Blackwell said [Jim] Petro should follow Montgomery's lead and drop out."

A bit cocky, yep.

http://www.onnnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=4406538

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