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Monday, February 13, 2006

Lynn Swann is Stupid

Lynn Swann, his path now cleared to be the Republican nominee for governor in Pennsylvania, had his big national interview debut yesterday with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week. He used the occasion to declare himself pro-life and also to reveal that he didn't understand the basics of Roe v. Wade:

In his interview with Stephanopoulos, Swann appeared to be unfamiliar with the way the Roe decision worked. Swann has been criticized for his lack of political experience and apparent reluctance to discuss policy issues in detail.

"Well, if the Supreme Court overturned (Roe v. Wade), then, they've basically overturned it," he said. "They've basically said that, you know, you can't have an abortion."

When Stephanopoulos informed him that a high court vote overturning Roe would leave it up to individual states to regulate abortions, Swann replied: "Well if they send it to the states to decide ... as opposed to making a decision that abortions are illegal, then I would sign [legislation] making abortions illegal."

Idiot! All that Roe v. Wade says is that states cannot categorically ban abortion. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, then individual states will be free to ban abortion entirely, or retain abortion as legal, as they see fit. If you are going to run for office on a pro-life platform, you might want to educate yourself a wee bit on the law of abortion.

When asked the next obvious question in this area by Stephanopoulos, Swann confirmed is idiocy by saying that he had no idea what the hell stem cell research was all about. Ladies and gentleman, your next governor of Pennsylvania.