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Why the 1992 Snub of Gov. Casey at the DNC Convention Still Matters April 23, 2006

Posted by papundit in Uncategorized.

Although some commentators may claim that the 1992 Democratic National Convention snub of the late Gov. Robert Casey is ancient history, I'd like to know Bob Casey Jr.'s opinion about it.

While many people (including the late Gov. Robert Casey himself) believed that Casey was banned from speaking at the convention due to his pro-life views, some prominent Democrats have tried to whitewash this incident.Despite evidence to the contrary in Casey's autobiography Fighting for Life, Al Franken's book The Truth claimed that the real reason Casey didn't speak was because he wouldn't endorse the Democratic candidate for President of the United States.

Frankenlies.com refutes this revisionist argument:

"Because of his desire to deliver a pro-life message, Gov. Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania was in fact banned as a speaker from the 1992 Democratic Convention. Due to its unattractive nature, this humiliating episode dissuades pro-life voters and certainly mars the Democratic Party’s image as an 'inclusive' bunch. It’s no wonder that they wish to erase this nasty event from their history."

Does Casey Jr. believe that the Democratic Party banned his father from speaking over an endorsement or due to his pro-life views? If Casey Jr. agrees that his father was snubbed over his pro-life opinion, does he really believe that the Democratic Party now embraces pro-lifers?

Here is what the national platform of the Democratic Party has to say about abortion,

"We will defend the dignity of all Americans against those who would undermine it. Because we believe in the privacy and equality of women, we stand proudly for a woman's right to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade, and regardless of her ability to pay. We stand firmly against Republican efforts to undermine that right."

Since the DNC's own platform refers to the advocacy of pro-lifers as "Republican efforts," what compromises has Casey Jr. had to make in order to gain the support of the Democratic Party? Except for their newfound efforts to whitewash the Gov. Casey convention snub, has anything substantial about the Democratic Party's abortion stance really changed since 1992?



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