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Colbert Ribs ‘Party of Death’ Author

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Posted on Aug 16, 2006
Party of Death
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Stephen Colbert trains his mock-Bill O’Reilly act on Ramesh Ponnuru, the conservative author of “Party of Death.” Colbert: “You’ve got a blurb on your cover from Ann Coulter. That’s some credibility right there.”

Ponnuru’s book is about the Democratic Party and abortion rights, but Colbert does a great job of pointing out the silliness in describing the entire Democratic Party with such an absurdly broad term as “Party of Death.”

Colbert: [speaking in delicious mock earnestness] “Please explain to my audience how raising the minimum wage, universal health care and pulling out of Iraq makes them the ‘Party of Death.’ Because I’ve shouted myself hoarse to them on that.”

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By joe, August 17, 2006 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment
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This guy is either a moron or a white man in “Macaca” skin.

I wonder what went through his mind when comments like the one Mr.Allen recently used passed by his head.

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By Dave, August 16, 2006 at 6:37 am Link to this comment
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Ponnuru is lying when he says the Supreme Court “imposed” a policy of “abortion on demand, for any reason, a any time.”  He is simply lying.  Roe v. Wade allowed for abortion on demand in the first trimester, and thereafter subject to severe regulation; i.e. only to save the woman’s life.  Planned Parenthood v. Casey restricted that further, so that the states may regulate abortions so long as they don’t regulate it out of existence.  To this point, the only regulation held unconstitutional under Casey is spousal notification, because that could lead to domestic violence. 
States may impose waiting periods, pre-abortion counseling, parental notification, and any number of other impediments to women’s exercising their rights.
Ponnuru is lying.  If he has studied the issue, as he claims to have done, he knows what he is saying is false.  This is willful, deliberate lying.

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