Still, the whole RARRRRR from folks on the left side of the blogosphere about this is something to behold. I think it's fair to say there's been a veritable Holocaust for straw men of the Christian pro-life persuasion as a result of this, because everyone knows us God-botherers go to bed every night frustrated that we haven't killed a baby-murderer for Jesus' sake. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF.
As far as I could tell, the man needed killing. He specialized in doing late-term abortions, which is to say he routinely killed children who under other circumstances would have started life in a neonatal ICU. He did this on the flimsiest pretexts, certifying that there was some medical need beside the mother's desire to get rid of an inconvenient potential tax deduction. He had been indicted for this, but the legal process was sabotaged by Governor Sebelius and her supporters in the Kansas state government, and in the end he walked away a free man. So some lunatic went to Tiller's church and wasted him. This was wrong, everyone of any significance in the pro-life movement condemned it as wrong, but that didn't matter to people who seized on Tiller's murder as PROOF that all anti-abortion activists are MURDERERS. To say that attitude and reaction is dumb and stupid is to say the Hindenburg disaster was an unfortunate incident in aviation history. Look, if we were the violent fucks all y'all think we are, i.e. half as irritable as the Wahhabis, you folks wouldn't be around to make dumb posts like that because you'd be dead, or intimidated into silence. Or out bombing churches in revenge. Oh, wai-
Well, whatever; Tiller is dead, his murderer is in custody and clearly deserves the chair, if Kansas still has that. I'd volunteer to throw the switch.
Megan McArdle has some useful posts on the subject; surprisingly so given her recent drivel on the Sotomayor nomination:
The War on the War On Abortion
A Really Long Post About Abortion
One More Post
Anyway, Ms. McArdle (unlike me) is one of those Orange pro-choice types, so it's a little surprising (if pleasant) to see that we wind up in some of the same places. Read all of them, if you will.
Now you know why I've been cutting back on reading & posting about politics lately. This stuff will boil your brain if you spend enough time marinating in it, and I have uses for that brain.