- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2009

Abortion polling

A new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center shows liberals have become less supportive of abortion as conservatives intensified their opposition to the procedure.

PRC said pro-choice supporters “clearly outnumbered” abortion opponents in 2007 and 2008 by a margin of 54 percent to 40 percent. Two surveys conducted in 2009, however, found pro-life and pro-choice supporters evenly divided.

Researchers were unable to pinpoint any single reason for the shift but noted that the election of the pro-choice President Obama “may be a contributing factor.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser seemed to agree that Mr. Obama’s election was a motivating element. She said in a statement, “As President Obama and his allies in Congress continue to push a radical abortion agenda through health care reform, Americans across the board are waking up and realizing: This is not representation. The politically correct language of ‘choice’ is worn out. This growing intensity amongst pro-lifers should send a clear message to Washington: Start representing your constituents, because the Life issue is not going to shrink away.”

One of the larger shifts occurred among Democratic men, who decreased their support for legal abortion by nine points, from 62 percent to 53 percent.

Several other demographics that have supported abortion are wavering in their support as well.

“For instance,” the report said, “Pew Research Center surveys from 2007/2008 found that men, whites, those age 30-49, those with some college education, political independents, observant white mainline Protestants, Catholics and Midwesterners all clearly favored keeping abortion legal in most or all cases. Now, each one of those groups is closely divided on the issue.”

Still partying

Conservative and libertarian activists held another “tea party” demonstration in St. Charles, Mo., on Friday night, less than a month after a massive protest in Washington.

Tea-party activists gathered at the Frontier Party to oppose President Obama’s health care reform plans and the increase in government spending. Local news reports estimate that up to 2,000 people attended.

“A liberal will cut off your legs so he can hand you a crutch!” author Kevin Jackson said during his address at the rally. Other featured speakers included Paul Curtman, a Marine veteran who became nationally known after confronting Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, during a town-hall meeting.

Photos and videos posted on the Internet by bloggers attending the event show the tea party was much like other tea parties held across the nation, with attendees celebrating Founding Fathers and carrying bold, handcrafted signs, as well as “Don’t Tread On Me” Gadsden flags. A Revolutionary War-era fife-and-drum corps, dressed in period clothing, also performed at the event.

SNL snark

“Saturday Night Live” had some fun at President Obama’s expense over the weekend, making fun of how little he has accomplished since taking office this year.

Actor Fred Armisen impersonated Mr. Obama giving an address from the Oval Office, saying, “There are those on the right who are angry. They think that I’m turning this great country into something that resembles the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany, but that’s just not the case. But when you look at my record it’s very clear what I’ve done so far, and that is nothing. Nada. Almost one year and nothing to show for it.”

True to the show’s snarky style, the writers did give Mr. Obama some backhanded credit.

“But it’s not all bad news,” Mr. Armisen said, playing the president. “I have a few accomplishments. The ‘cash for clunkers’ program really stimulated the economy. Unfortunately it was the economy of Japan. Let’s see, what else? Also, I killed a fly on TV, remember that?”

Olbermann’s reaction

MSNBC “Countdown” anchor Keith Olbermann wasn’t a bit surprised that former CBS producer Joe Halderman was arrested on charges of attempting to extort money from CBS “Late Show” host David Letterman.

Mr. Halderman “has been a producer for CBS News ‘48 Hours,’ but what you haven’t read is that when I made my television debut as the New York correspondent for CNN Sports in 1981, Robert J. ‘Joe’ Halderman was the chief assignment editor in the CNN New York bureau,” Mr. Olbermann wrote on his Major League Baseball-hosted “Baseball Nerd” blog over the weekend.

“You know when somebody gets arrested for some horrific or moronic crime (like taking a personal check for two million dollars as a blackmail payment), you hear somebody say, ‘that’s not the guy I knew’? Not this time. This is exactly the guy we knew at CNN in 1981,” he wrote.

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter@ washingtontimes.com.

• Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter@washingtontimes.com.

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