In many ways Jim Wallis is quite admirable. When it comes to abortion he seems to have been smoking something. Peter Wehner comments on how Mr. Wallis congratulates President Obama for delaying for one day, his announcement that funding for continued abortions will be reinstated.
Wallis: President Obama showed respect for both sides in the historically polarized abortion debate, and called for both a new conversation and a new common ground. I hope that this important gesture signals the beginning of a new approach and a new path toward finding some real solutions to decrease the number of abortions in this country and around the world.
Wehner sums up the situation quite nicely:
So let’s get this straight: those championing abortion rights get an executive order allowing hundreds of millions of dollars to perform abortions overseas; those championing a culture of life get the announcement delayed by 24 hours. For liberals like Wallis and Dionne, this kind of empty symbolism, combined with Obama invoking words like “a new conversation” and “common ground” (which for Wallis and Dionne are like petting the belly of a cat) constitutes bipartisanship and real outreach.