The first criticism fired from the Obama camp at vice-presidential
candidate Sarah Palin was that she’s not qualified to be a heartbeat
away from the presidency. That line of attack has only intensified
since she was announced last Friday.

Governor Mike Huckabee was one of several news guests I’ve heard
recently who point out that her executive experience in running a
business, a town and a state already qualify her for the office more
than any experience Sen. Barack Obama has had to date. Or other
senators, for that matter. Because ‘they talk a lot, and vote
sometimes, but they don’t run anything or administrate.’ Besides, Obama
has been running for president nearly since Illinois sent him to
Washington to represent the state in the Senate.

So about that heartbeat…

What’s really at issue here in the campaign against Sarah Palin is
that she’s a strong pro-life woman in an executive position, who is now
a candidate for the White House. It’s all about abortion.

Dr. James Hitchcock said that on my radio show a couple of years ago, and I’m reminded right now of this column he wrote around that time. It’s as true as ever.

In how many ways is it possible to talk about abortion without using the word?

Many, as it turns out: theocracy, rigidity, dogma, erosion of freedom, anti-women, extremism, imposing values, etc., etc.

In the first day of Sarah Palin’s announcement, she was already
being called “the most ferocious anti-choice candidate” by a guest on a
PBS news show. Which has been the refrain ever since.

There are strong rational, even scientific, arguments
against abortion. But it is a practice whose proponents are reluctant
to utter its name, and the claim that it is a right guaranteed by the
Constitution is a manifest absurdity. With no compelling arguments on
their side, proponents of abortion can only rely on the raw judicial
power that established such a “right” thirty years ago.

And their desperate campaign to keep it enforced is fueling the
rhetoric in this campaign. The White House is only the most visible
goal. It’s really who controls courts and judges.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....