Thinking that abortion is morally wrong is perfectly reasonable. Thinking that fetuses are human lives is fine, as I can't think of any way to prove this issue one way or another. What you have to ask yourself is: Would you rather reduce the number of abortions or punish the women who get them?" That is your choice when you vote for a candidate these days. The pro-life Republicans do not seem to be interested in reducing abortions through reducing poverty, increasing birth control access, reforming adoption, etc. The Democrats won't outlaw it. When you vote, that's your choice, for better or worse.
Otter: Still Running After All These Years
If you haven't checked out IdaBlue lately, you really should. Alan over there has made some very good points on water policy and Butch Otter recently.
Earlier this week, undoubtedly as a direct result of the Thayn domestic violence fracas, Otter's office set domestic violence policy. As Alan observed, "I'd like to see Gov. Otter issue a policy with real teeth."
Such has been Otter's M.O. since he took office. Talk a good game, say the right things, but when it comes down to brass tacks offer nothing of substance. Whether the issue is water, transportation infrastructure, taxation, that nasty commute from Star to Boise, or this, the common thread is all talk, no action. Otter seems to have forgotten that there's a difference between being a libertarian and being a statist. Thus far, he's demonstrated he's clearly the latter.
It also goes to show how dysfunctional the Idaho Republicans have become. One one side you have true-believer do-gooder neophytes like Thayn, who want to legislate family values but can't seem to stay on message long enough to have any impact (even if they were onto something), and then you have folks like Otter, who's certainly been around long enough to know how things work, but for whatever reason doesn't do anything about it. The result is a big mess in the public sector.
People say I'm unorthodox for looking at running for governor three years early. Hell, Otter basically ran for governor for more like _30_ years. Now that he has it, what's he doing with it? That's a valid question if there ever was one.