Politicians and their Abandoned Personal Convictions

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, January 23, 2004

Politicians and their Abandoned Personal Convictions

Dick Gephardt’s long political career is over. He withdrew from the presidential race after his poor showing in Iowa.

I remember interviewing Gephardt shortly after he came to Congress as a freshman house member. He was strongly pro-life then. He said it was his “deep personal conviction” that life began at conception and should be protected in law. He changed.

He says it was because he talked to women and got a different perspective. But he didn’t talk to pro-life women. If he had, he would have received enough information to persuade him to continue on his pro-life ways.

But Gephardt wanted to run for president and you can’t do that in the Democratic Party unless you are pro-abortion with no restrictions.

It’s too bad because the Democratic Party, which is supposed to stand for the little guy, won’t stand for the littlest guys and girls.

So, Gephardt is gone from elective office. There will be others to take his place. They, too, will have deep personal convictions at first. But they are politicians and change.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.