Convention Dispatch

September 8, 2008

Wow, what a week. I’m finally home after a non-stop week in Minneapolis at the GOP convention. At first, with the changes due to Hurricane Gustav, it looked like the week was going to be fairly low-key. But as you know, once the hurricane subsided, the feminist Left lost no time unleashing their own storm and going after Governor Palin on every front they could.

Let me be perfectly clear: there is ONE fundamental issue that has galvanized the Left’s attack on Governor Palin. One. And that is abortion. There are certainly other reasons, but the abortion issue is the one that creates the visceral hatred we are seeing, even on the cover of US Magazine, where her son, Trig is described as “afflicted” with Down Syndrome.

Gloria Steinem unleashed a particularly vicious attack in the Los Angeles Times, calling Palin, “the wrong woman”:

Palin’s value to those patriarchs is clear: She opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality . . . she opposes gun control but supports government control of women’s wombs; she opposes stem cell research but approves “abstinence-only” programs, which increase unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions; . . .

These feminists simply cannot stand to see a woman defending life. And they know as well as we do the historic importance of this election. The Supreme Court is on the line and they will stop at nothing to destroy a woman who had the audacity to hold her baby with Down Syndrome up for all the world to see on Wednesday night.

Did you see the way she walked across the stage, grabbed hold of little Trig . . . and flipped him around in a confident “Mom-hold” so everyone could see his precious face? That was a beautiful moment.

The next night, I saw a very large, hand-written, sign across the stadium from where I was sitting that read: “A Special-Needs Mom for Palin!”

As President of AUL Action (AUL’s lobbying arm) I had some wonderful opportunities this week to talk about the life agenda in the media:

  • When I arrived Monday evening in Minneapolis, one of the first people I ran into in the lobby of the hotel was Andrea Mitchell. We had an interesting conversation about the undercurrents related to women in the debate over Gov. Palin’s nomination. Tuesday morning, Andrea’s team called and invited me to come on MSNBC to debate Jennifer Stockman, co-chair of the Republican Majority for Choice.
  • That evening, FoxNews.com, invited me to come on their new online streaming show, The Strategy Room, with Shepherd Smith. In the context of discussing Joe Lieberman’s speech, I commented that it was a very good thing that a “pro-abortion” politician like Lieberman had not been put on the GOP ticket. Shep got so angry over my assertion that Lieberman is “pro-abortion” . . . that he took his mike off and stalked off the set!
  • Then on Wednesday, I had the opportunity to debate Maria Echaveste, who was deputy chief of staff to Bill Clinton, on CNN Headline News.
  • Then, finally, on the last day of the convention, we capped off the week debating the head of NOW, Kim Gandy, on MSNBC’s Race for the White House (that video is available online).

Along the way, throughout the week, we also spent time talking with print reporters. You can read about a conversation that I had with Sarah Pulliam from Christianity Today at their website.

We also spent time on Radio Row, letting the talk show hosts of America know about the great work of AUL. I had a chance to talk on air with both Hugh Hewitt and Roger Hedgecock.

After a week of running hard, it has very good to be home and take a few breaths before diving back in first thing today. But let me assure you: your AUL team will be working with every fiber of energy we have to counter the Gloria Steinem’s of the world who falsely claim that abortion is a women’s issue.

Governor Palin’s nomination has put the life agenda at the forefront of the national agenda and this has opened up a remarkable opportunity for AUL to promote our mission of “changing law to protect human life.”

Thank you so much for standing with us — together we are making strides toward promoting a culture of life.

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