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Well, we’ve had our discussions about budgets as moral documents and now have reached a budget deal that went right up to the brink of a government shutdown.

To those friends of mine who are also Christians, but identify more with the left than the right, I have a question for you:  Just exactly what hill was it the Democrats decided they wanted to die on in this battle?  Where did they draw the line and say, “This far and no further!”

It turns out their one adamantine point of no compromise was . . . funding Planned Parenthood.  Wow, that’s a real Mr. Smith Goes to Washington moment.  Gets you right in the old ticker.

I suspect Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo are feeling a little uncomfortable as they review the bidding.

Not that this should come as a surprise.  How many Democrat figures have been down this path and learned that they have to make a choice?  Ted Kennedy was pro-life and was forced by his party’s realities to change.  Jesse Jackson was pro-life.  Same result.  Ditto for one Albert Gore.

There is one orthodoxy in the party of the left that will not brook disagreement.  Bob Casey the elder knew it.  And Ramesh Ponnuru wrote a book about it.


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