A reader writes:
Bush’s intentional and calculated reference to Dred Scott was a “coded” reassurance to his anti-choice base that any Supreme Court appointee will have to pass an anti-Roe v. Wade litmus test. Discussion of Bush’s understanding of the historic/legal underpinnings of the Dred Scott decision is simply irrelevant. This crucially important point has been lost of the media and everyone else not in the anti-choice know.
In case you’re skeptical, just Google “Dred Scott” and abortion. You’ll be shocked! But people need to be informed what Bush’s reference was really all about. Moderate Republicans and swing voters will care. And you can bet the ranch that Bush and his minions are having a great laugh today that everyone’s talking about slavery.
That’s right, of course: the comparison of Roe v. Wade to Dred Scott is a staple of anti-abortion rhetoric.
Pretty clever, no? Bush winks to the right-to-lifers in a way that no one else even notices.
Now if they were only this clever about Iraq…
Update: Paperwight had this first.
Second update: A reader points out that comparing pro-choice women to slaveholders is one of Alan Keyes’s standard tropes: when he’s not comparing them to terrorists, that is.