By Dave Andrusko
But pro-abortion former presidential aspirant (and Vermont Gov.) Howard Dean, appearing on “Morning Joe” yesterday, double downed on essentially the same argument: the self-defeating “progressive” mantra that there is no room for pro-lifers in the Democratic Party.
Joe Scarborough, the co-host, kept alluding to the not-so-distant old days when Democrats practically ruled the South and Dean kept responding, in effect, that Scarborough was missing his point.
In fact, nobody was missing anyone’s point. To Scarborough’s point–why would Democrats exclude people who might agree with Democrats on a panoply of issues but are pro-life (in other words, don’t they need them to win?)–Dean responded
“No. Because the young generation isn’t that way. I think the old left/right is an anachronism. It exists in Washington. It exists in the media. Young people don’t think that way. They are not ideological. They are extremely interested in social justice, so we are never going back to maybe making compromises on abortion, and gay rights is another one.”Dean added that the only problem Democrats have is in energizing their coalition, particularly younger voters.