The “when does life begin?” question wasn’t always above his pay grade.

I know, you’re all shocked. It’s like the sun actually rises in the East. That’s how crazy this revelation is. Well, Don Surber was able to ferret out this little nugget of fantastic-ness from back in 2001:

On the Illinois Senate floor, Obama was the only senator to speak against the baby-protecting bills. He voted “present” on each, effectively the same as a “no.”

“Number one,” said Obama, explaining his reluctance to protect born infants, “whenever we define a pre-viable fetus as a person that is protected by the Equal Protection Clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a — a child, a 9-month old — child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it — it would essentially bar abortions, because the Equal Protection Clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute.”
If only Obama had the same proficiency at lying as Bill Clinton, he’d be having no problems here. It’s a shame for him, isn’t it? And let’s not even get started on courage. He may be filled with all the hope-changeyness in the universe, but this guy has got about as much spine as a jellyfish.

Of course, this is irrelevant, right? The real issue here is that McCain cheated, and poor little Obama wasn’t given the same opportunity to prepare. If only he’d been able to study beforehand and start preparing answers. Unfortunately, he was too busy catching some killer waves in Hawaii to bother.

In all seriousness though, I think that this just proves my earlier thesis. He’s terrified to let Americans know where he really stands on controversial issues. So he’s desperately trying to remain as vapid and ambiguous as possible. And of course, the question was not easy to answer. But he’s a constitutional scholar, for crying out loud. He’s a Senator running to be President. In his job as a Senator, he should be able to make tough decisions like this. No one said being President would be easy, and that once you’re inaugurated you’d suddenly mysteriously have all the answers. But you do have to take a stance, and make a decision, and be able to live with the fact that it will sometimes be the wrong one. Can the Obamamessiah handle that? My guess is no, he can’t. He’s bought into the hype already. As far as he’s concerned, he is the Anointed One here to save us all. He can’t give a wrong answer. So when people start questioning the things he says and does, he is completely flabbergasted by it. I almost feel bad for the guy… he’s been surrounded by too many “yes” people.

In any case, if Obama thinks that he’ll be able to make it through this entire election without anyone finding out about his radical liberal positions, he’s dead wrong. He got into the wrong profession if he didn’t want to have to deal with this kind of stuff. It’s just the way it goes. Yes, every vote you record in the Senate can possibly be held against you in the future. Yes, everything you say will be picked apart and analyzed. And why shouldn’t it be? You want to be the guy who will decide which direction this country will go in for the next four years. Americans have a right to know where you stand. They can agree or disagree… but they have a right to know.

And Obama, you owe us that much. Is honestly and enough backbone to be willing to stand up and say, “This is what I believe in”, too much to ask from you? It certainly seems so.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

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