Monday, October 31, 2005

Confusing the issue

From Atrios.
[W]hat was Coulter's stated objection to Miers? That she opposed Griswold. Ann Coulter and the rest of the right wing crazies oppose the right of married couples to have access to contraception.
Now, I don't like Ann Coulter, but I doubt that there are too many "right wing crazies" who oppose the right of married couples to have access to contraception. However, many reasonable people don't think that contraception is a constitutionally protected right. Atrios understands the distinction, but his readers prefer hyberbole so that is what he engages in.

Remember this example as the Alito war progresses and you hear more crap about abortion than you can process. It is possible to be pro-life personally and to think that Roe vs. Wade was correctly decided, and it is possible to be pro-choice personally and to think that Roe vs. Wade was not correctly decided. It is also possible to think that Roe vs. Wade was not correctly decided, but to also think that after 30 years the book should be closed on that debate (which is where I fall). Finally, it is possible to believe that someone should be confirmed even if he or she does not agree with one's exact position on this (or any other) issue.