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January 22, 2008

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Joyless Moralist

I saw Norma McCorvey speak once. She is, well, completely out of her mind. I don't know if she did too many drugs in her hippie youth or what, but she clearly isn't all there. Note that I have no reason at all to dislike her (well, apart from her endorsing Ron Paul, I suppose) since she's come around to all the positions I support -- she's now pro-life and a Catholic convert. But she definitely came across as being somehow mentally disturbed.

To illustrate... here we were in an auditorium packed with people waiting to hear her. I guess the audience was pretty divided between "friendly" faces (that is, pro-lifers coming to cheer her on) and "hostile" folks wanting to interrogate her as to why she'd betrayed their cause. She comes out to the podium, stands there for a few seconds, and then says in a sort of musing tone, "There is an old cowboy who lives on the range..." (a few more seconds' pause) "no, wait that's a song." (Another pause.) "That's James Taylor, I think."

Nope, it wasn't a framing device, or a joke somehow intended to set up her talk. It just took her a minute or two, seemingly, to remember that she was supposed to be talking about Roe v. Wade and all that stuff. I actually thought, despite her craziness, that her rambling narrative was kind of interesting, because she talked for awhile about the lawyers that found her and got her to agree to participate in Roe v. Wade, and it was obvious that she still to this day felt hurt and offended that they clearly didn't care about her at all. I mean, they wouldn't answer her questions about the case, hear her suggestions, keep her informed with what was going on; they patronized her from the beginning, didn't want her to come for the appeals, and so forth. And after the ruling they certainly never showed any interest in what happened to her. There was no chance in the world that she was deliberately slanting things for some rhetorical purpose -- she obviously didn't have the mental presence to do that, and ironically, this made her a more believable "witness" in some respects. So anyway, I thought that was a nice image to hold in your mind. These liberal, upper-middle-class lawyers come, root out a pregnant teenager, get what they want from her, and then pretty much cut her out of it as much as possible. What brave warriors. Just look at that passion for helping women. It's quite touching.

Anyway, all this is largely just to say that I personally wouldn't look to Norma McCorvey for advice on how to vote.

Tom

Oh, I didn't say they were necessarily good or bad endorsements, or that they should be relevant for voters. I just said they were interesting. Endorsements say more about the endorsers than the endorsees, I think. Take Chuck Norris for example. His endorsement of Huckabee doesn't tell you anything about Huckabee, but it sure tells you a lot about Chuck Norris.

Joyless Moralist

Oh, I understand. I just think it's funny because I occasionally run across statements or endorsements "from" Norma McCorvey, and it makes me chuckle. I don't know who writes them, but I'm pretty sure it's not her.

Red Bottom Shoes

Thanks for this post. I definitely agree with what you are saying. I have been talking about this subject a lot lately with my mother so hopefully this will get him to see my point of view. Fingers crossed!

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