It’s the latest indication, say some observers, that Democrats have learned a key lesson of John Kerry’s failed 2004 presidential campaign. “I’m very encouraged that the Democratic Party seems more open and amendable to being inclusive and welcoming to pro-life Democrats like me,” said Raymond Flynn, former mayor of Boston and Bill Clinton’s ambassador to the Vatican. “They’ve been far more receptive this year than anytime I can recall.”
Here we go again.
Maybe if we fast for 40 days, God will spare us from having to open up the Boston Globe and read that Ray is the prolife poster boy for another Clinton administration.
I think the funniest part of the article is how they say they've learned their lesson from using Kerry to court the Catholic vote by hijacking the debate on abortion and other "hot button social issues" and trying to diffuse it with soup kitchen talk....and just when you think they're going to try something new, they unveil their strategy:
The evolving Democratic strategy to win the Catholic vote is based on two pillars: engage, and hopefully diffuse, the debate over abortion and other hot-button social issues while simultaneously broadening the discussion over “values” to include issues such as health care, education, the environment, wages, corporate greed, public corruption, and immigration.
My, what fresh ideas.
It’s one thing, say Democratic strategists, to reach out to Catholics in the pews, quite another to placate vocal members of the hierarchy and conservative Catholic opinion-shapers who used their pulpits in 2004 to challenge Kerry and other pro-choice Catholic office seekers. Party officials are still spooked by Kerry’s run-ins with high-profile bishops and by attacks from the conservative Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights against two operatives hired during the campaign.
Face it. They're onto us.
Meanwhile, with decidedly Democratic roots but a nonpartisan mission, the newly-formed “Catholic Alliance for the Common Good” (Katholics for Kerry's McFadden) hopes to take the message promoted by the American bishops in their 2003 statement on “Faithful Citizenship” to a broader audience. That statement, which reiterated Catholic social justice teaching in light of a range of contemporary issues, was generally welcomed by Democrats. It was, however, supplanted in many dioceses by a pamphlet distributed by the conservative group “Catholic Answers” which emphasized the “nonnegotiable issues,” foremost among them abortion, on which Catholic voters should base their votes.
You shove the Wimps in the Cathedra hard enough, they'll crawl back into their prochoice hole every time. Few of them want to be publicly outed going up against the prolife movement.
I suspect having Bishop Weurl replace Uncle Teddie will give us some major taction we didn't have before.
2008, good times had by all.
Incidently, they must be going CRAZY trying to find somebody on their side who fits this criteria:
We need someone who will not alienate the institutional church,” said a Democrat familiar with the hiring process. “Someone with credibility who understands how to organize within the church and understands the politics of [the church] and is able to navigate through that while also understanding the complexity of the issues in the Democratic Party.”