A happy ending

Well hey, looky here:

Scott opposes efforts to defund Planned Parenthood

That’s the headline on a newly-minted story by the Vermont Press Bureau’s Neal Goswami, who reached out to Lt. Gov. Phil Scott for comment on the Planned Parenthood foofaraw. Don’t know whether Goswami’s inquiry was sparked by yesterday’s disgraceful Congressional “hearing” or by my earlier post calling for Scott to exercise some leadership, but the important thing is, Phil Scott stepped up and delivered.

“I’m pro-choice. I always have been and I believe that Planned Parenthood provides very important health services that go far beyond abortions for women,” he said. “They provide great services and needed services.”

Can’t say anything bad about that. It’s a strong and straightforward statement, and it puts Phil Scott at odds with the national party and all the Republican Presidential candidates. I do have one quibble:

Scott said he did not know if the videos that have inspired conservatives in Congress to cut funding for Planned Parenthood are reputable.

“I don’t know anything about the allegations, whether they are true or not, but I’m sure we can all agree that no organization should be profiting from abortions,” he said.

Well, he went a little Sergeant Schultz on us there at the end. But the rest of his position? Commendable.

2 thoughts on “A happy ending

  1. Dave Katz

    Here’s the invaluable Rick Pearlstein, writing during the ’12 campaign: http://thebaffler.com/salvos/the-long-con Good read.

    The winger movement–can’t call them Right, sorry, no, just sticks in my craw–is based on lies, lying, and cheating people out of their hard-earned money with unfettered fear and paranoia mongering for political fun and profit. (Hellooooo, Carly Fiorina) Now it’s become their total political process. Sheesh.
    And The Base always completely buys into it. So does the press. (You’d think–hope–they’d know better, and not always let themselves get pwned by these hucksters. A bridge too far, perhaps.)

    Do they know they’re being conned? If one accepts that the game’s been rigged for so long, then perhaps EVERYTHING’s a con, so might as well sink your teeth into a con that hyperventilates your own fears and prejudices. I guess.

    Kidding aside, I wonder how Phil Scott will react to the inevitable hatemail his support of PP is likely to provoke. They can get ugly, these folks. It’s bad enough to be a liberal, but a traitor to the cause is frenzy time….

  2. newzjunqie

    Badge of honor for being “nonpartisan”, another triangulation trinket and large dose of “centrist cred”.


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