First, my old & dear (she's not THAT old, but you know, "old friend") bud Mags sent me this link. Now, I'm sure that I'll quickly be accused of liberal elitism for giggling about this, but what the hell, it's worth it for a good laugh, as long as it doesn't frame the DNC's entire campaign philosophy like it did LAST TIME:
And secondly, my new & dear friend JanetL has recently been corresponding with the sellout hooo-ahhs of NARAL, and I thought that you would enjoy this little reparte':
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Comments: I can't believe you endorsed Sen. Joe Lieberman (Dino-CT). He has not, nor can he really, retracted his vote to close cloture on Alito; nor has he recanted his statement regarding the availability of emergency birth control for rape victims.
Joe Lieberman is NOT "our" friend. I certainly won't be making any donations to your organization if you waste your endorsements on people like him.
I suppose next you'll be endorsing Rick Santorum! Although in PA that might be to Casey's advantage.
> > From: Political <Political@prochoiceamerica.org
> > Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 10:01:18 -0400
Conversation: Form Submission: Feedback
Subject: RE: Form Submission: Feedback
Thank you for contacting us. As an activist your work is at the core of our mission. We want to hear from you and appreciate the support you have given us over the years.
I have read your note, and I know you are not happy with us for endorsing Senator Joe Lieberman. Here at NARAL Pro-Choice America, we're very proud of our high standard for endorsement. That having been said, from time to time, it does occasionally occur that a pro-choice elected official will take a position against our recommendation - and when that happens, it's always a disappointment. Senator Lieberman's vote (and the same votes of other fully pro-choice senators) for cloture on the controversial Alito nomination is one case in point. And his comments about emergency contraception caused us concern, as they undoubtedly did you as well - but he has since clarified his position, to our satisfaction.
But taking all facts into consideration - including many years of pro-choice votes in the Senate - we believe Senator Lieberman has continued to earn the NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsement. With so many relentless attacks on choice, and an anti-choice president determined to see this right taken away from American women forever, we must prioritize our work, and we need all the friends we can get. (Annti: Emphasis mine) We treat him no differently than any other pro-choice senator - Democrat or Republican. I know we disagree on this one point, but our challenge is so monumental that I hope we can continue to stand together against our real opponents: President Bush, congressional leaders, and anti-choice senators who oppose us on every single vote. Again, I appreciate the passion of your commitment to the fundamental freedoms we cherish. You are always welcome to contact us -- with agreements and disagreements. I hope we can count on your continued support as we roll up our sleeves to achieve the common goals we share.
(202) 973-3000, Ext. 4210
To: Political <Political@prochoiceamerica.org
Subject: Re: Form Submission: Feedback
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 18:21:22 -0400
Dear Ms Shipp,
How exactly is Sen Lieberman "pro-choice?" Because he does not support an amendment to the constitution for a total ban on abortion? Surely NARAL's standards for endorsement are higher than that.
Whether the senator has clarified his position to your satisfaction is not really to the point, as he has not publically disavowed either his cloture vote, nor his statements regarding emergency contraception. This being the case, the senator has shown himself of late as being only aligned with the anti-choice administration. As he is so aligned with them on so many issues of pressing concern.
Further, to smugly assert that the senator has clarified his position to NARAL's satisfaction, but not to the public's, only indicates a complicity in a sort of "backroom politics" of which I wish to have no part. No, Ms Shipp, you most certainly may not count on my continued support. I will take my contributions elsewhere, including to Mr Lamont's campaign.
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Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:39 PM
Subject: Re: Form Submission: Feedback
PREACH ON, MAH SISTER, PREACH ONNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope that those hypocritical PAC money-grubbing sellout bitches' DRAWERS CAUGHT AFIRE from your letters!!! And if they didn't spontaneously combust, it's 'cause they're made of asbestos to combat the burning/chafing of having external gonads with multiple venereal diseases and trying to wear submissive-slave leather thongs to the office.