This is typical Salon slanting. First of all, this is about nothing but Ashcroft's opinion on something: This was a Missouri state legislature bill, and Ashcroft was in the US Senate. As for the bill itself, it would have - arguably, since the bill was vague on a lot of points - made it legal to use force against someone who was attempting to perform a partial-birth abortion on a very-late-term fetus. And since this same bill would have made such partial birth abortions infanticide (that is, outright murder), all the bill did was say someone could use force to stop an attempted murder. Wow.
And the Missouri Legislature overrode Carnahan's veto. The only reason it's not currently law is because Planned Parenthood is still fighting it in the courts. So one can hardly say Ashcroft is a lone nutcase extremist on this issue. Well, one can say it - Lord knows everyone here is - but that doesn't make it true.
I've read more than one article in the last few days theorizing that this firestorm of slanted hyperbole about Ashcroft is the main reason he's having such a far easier time being confirmed than all the special-interest groups were hoping for. Why? Because all the moderate Senate Democrats had been led to believe that there were all sorts of dark, evil, horrible secrets about this man that they'd served with happily for years. And then when everything that came out turned out to be meaningless side-issues, they got pissed.
So hey, keep on "digging the dirt," everybody. Maybe you can "get" Norton the same way!posted by aaron at 5:59 PM on January 18, 2001
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