The delegate-rich primaries of Texas and Ohio will happen tomorrow, and the remaining candidates have been campaigning as hard as they can in the final days before the vote. I live in Texas and have been seeing a flurry of television ads in the last week or so.
I’ve also gotten telephone calls from the McCain, Huckabee, and Obama campaigns. Last week my answering machine had a pre-recorded message from Barack Obama himself. Earlier today, the Huckabee campaign called with a pre-recorded “push-poll.”
But the most interesting phone-call I have received was one that came about 8:45pm on Sunday evening. It wasn’t a pre-recorded message. There was a live voice on the other end of the line, and he was calling to drum-up support for Barack Obama. The conversation went something like this.
Obama Supporter: Good evening. May I speak to either Dennis or [my wife’s name]?
Denny: Who’s calling?
Obama Supporter: I’m calling in behalf of the Barack Obama campaign. As you know, the Texas primaries are on Tuesday, and the polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. Can we count on you to cast your vote and to caucus for Senator Barack Obama?
Denny: Isn’t he pro-choice?
Obama Supporter: Yes, sir. I believe he is.
Denny: Doesn’t he think that it should be legal for a child to be killed at any stage of pregnancy from 0-9 months?
Obama Supporter: I’m not sure about that. Can we count on your support?
Denny: Didn’t I read that Senator Obama opposed a measure that would have protected the lives of infants who survived abortions? I think that’s barbaric.
Obama Supporter: Thank you for your time.
I wasn’t making up the part about Obama’s refusal to defend infants who survived abortions. In 2003 when he was an Illinois state senator, he voted against and killed a bill that would have protected babies who survived abortions. As far as I can tell, that puts him to the left of NARAL on the abortion question (read here and here).
For infants dying on metal utility tables while gasping for breath in their final hours of life (read here), Senator Obama’s campaign is anything but a campaign of hope. His refusal to defend live-born infants was indeed barbaric, and I wouldn’t vote for him for dog-catcher, much less for President of the United States.