Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More on Paddy Mac and Planned Parenthood

I see that iT, whom I asked for some direction on this, has already made a comment on the previous post made by Capper. However, I would still like to add my two cents.

I would have to agree that the Planned Parenthood ad is s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g a bit in its conclusions. But, lying ... no. The ad states that rape victims could be sent to prison. Given that we have already seen one state legislature (South Dakota) present an abortion law so extreme that no provisions for raped women are included, and given the numerous conservative voices who have argued for this (too little time and space to enumerate), I don't think it too far fetched to imagine a future in which zealots like McIlheran could gleefully overturn the 1985 changes to the statute and return Wisconsin to the dark ages.

Is it likely? I don't think so. But then I didn't think people on Paddy Mac's side would stoop so low as to infer that Barack Obama's middle name was somehow code for support of terrorism.

As far as Rep. Ott's hurt feelings. Aw, too bad. Politics is a rough and often unfair game. Just ask Louis Butler.


  1. All the while PMac is arguing that the law says no such thing he is defending the 1849 law. We can see where his sensibility (excuse the word) would lie.

    " True enough; Wisconsin law in 1849 banned abortion. Wisconsin's constitution the year before banned slavery. Sometimes, the law gets it right the first time, as it did in both these cases. "

  2. I don't want to open a whole can of worms here, but when you use the "could it happen" theory, you lend credibility to the pro-Voter ID argument. Is there fraud happening? No. Could it happen? Yes.

    Planned Parenthood seems to really be misrepresenting the truth here, and in a manner that not only easily allows its critics to point that out, but is also not worthy of your defense. Don't call it a lie if you don't want to, but don't waste your time defending it either. I'm very much anti-abortion, but have sympathy towards pro-choice arguments. However, I think this ad campaign is particularly counterproductive.

  3. Well no, Dave. We really are speaking of two separate issues, though I did admit there is some stretching going on here. Hardball politics.

    I was curious whether the ad was just running when Paddy Mac's blog was accessed.

    Heh. I checked three others not quite at random (I chose Eugene's, too) and all have different ads. Fun joke!

    Hey Dave, would you like to come to one of our summer get togethers? Aaron, James, Mike and Billiam all attended last summer. It would be fun to have you over as well (you too capper).

  4. WOW, sorry to post off topic but the power of Wallah! is too awesome to hide.

    A post by Xoff on March 9, just three days ago, and the Bucher ads for Gleisner are pulled.

    Now they run a "generic" Gleisner is non partisan blah blah blah ad and stuffed Bucher in the closet.

    Amazing, the power of the truth.

  5. Anony-

    To give credit where credit is due, Xoff posted his piece on other websites, like Uppity Wisconsin and One Wisconsin Now. But thank you for reading and, yes, the truth always prevails.