After the deal became public Saturday, Nelson was slammed by former allies opposed to abortion. He tells people he feels like he’s been bitten by the family dog. [reference]
When you invite a dog into your home to be part of your family and you say and do things the dog likes and then give him a sudden kick you should not be surprised to hear a yelp. Sen. Nelson courted pro-lifers and certainly talked as if the pro-life cause was the fundamental issue on which could not be trumped. He talked the talk until he voted the vote or imbibed the bribe. I guess pro-lifers were a trophy dog to be used when they suited his purposes to get elected in a pro-ife state. Pro-lifers were a nice ornament to have around.
Contrary to Sen. Nelson this was not a dog bites man story, but a man bites dog story. Pro-lifers have complained about his abandonment of the unborn, it was he who slipped in the knife.
Using pro-lifers as ornaments is nothing new. Even though Republicans usually support the pro-life cause – you often get the feeling that it is more an issue of politics then one of conviction for many of them.