Caroline's Whine

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The transformation is complete.  Caroline Kennedy has gone from being a bittersweet symbol of an innocent and happy time in our nation's history to a shill for a party her father would never have recognized.

At the Democratic National Convention last week, JFK's daughter, the one who posed so fetchingly on Macaroni and frolicked around her father's desk in the Oval Office obliterated the last vestiges of a magical Camelot with her attack on the church that gave sustenance to generations of Kennedys,  most notably her beloved grandmother and Aunt Eunice.

Caroline made the following statement at the podium:

As a Catholic woman, I take reproductive health seriously, and today, it is under attack. This year alone, more than a dozen states have passed more than 40 restrictions on women's access to reproductive health care. That's not the kind of future I want for my daughters or your daughters. Now isn't the time to roll back the rights we were winning when my father was president. Now is the time to move this country forward.

It's interesting how the phrase 'reproductive health care' has come to replace the phrase 'reproductive rights' which everyone knows means 'abortion and the other stuff.'  And it's not surprising that a Democratic woman would sound the alarm about a threat to that 'care.'  But what is particularly upsetting about Caroline's little show is that she used her Catholic faith to try and legitimize her take on an issue that she knows is diametrically opposed to the church's position.

Caroline Kennedy can say whatever she wants about 'reproductive health care' on her own time.  So can all of the other pro-choice 'Catholic' women out there.  But when they start wrapping themselves in the Virgin Mary's veil, they've crossed the line.

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