Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35, Springfield) is known for his bluntness. Sometimes that’s refreshing in politics. But there’s a fine line between blunt and crude. Today, on Washington station WAMU-FM’s The Politics Hour, he offered this braggadocio when asked about the abortion center regulation amendment to SB 924 that the Senate approved on a 21-20 vote, as reported by Rosalind Helderman of the Washington Post’s Virginia Politics blog:
“Let me just say this: Over the last decade, it’s no secret. I happen to be pro-choice. I’ve been pretty much responsible for bottling up or killing 80 bills.”
He noted that most of those anti-abortion bills have died in the Senate’s Education and Health Committee, whose pro-abortion rights membership, he said, he’d helped “engineer.”
“One finally got through through circuitous means,” he said. “Eighty of 81 ain’t a bad batting average.”
Not bad at all, senator, unless you’re one of the hundreds (even thousands) of unborn babies who’ve died because of your obstruction. On the other hand, he didn’t try to fool anyone — no pretense of “safe, legal and rare,” so many liberals try to effect to appease some voters as a sensible position. He gladly took credit for the out of proportion stacking of the Education and Health Committee, as well. But it was nice to see Ms. Helderman’s equally frank, fair and accurate description of Senator Saslaw as “pro-abortion,” a term we expound upon here as the true motivation of many who call themselves “pro-choice.”
Speaking of stacking committees, he was equally blunt on redistricting, saying he expected to redraw district lines in an effort to elect more liberals. The interview also included a surprise caller that sparked real fireworks. It’s worth a listen (you can find the audio here) or a read (you can read the transcript here).