How disappointing, from an August 17 article posted at Fancast.com:
Interviewer: What are some common misperceptions about you?
Hasselbeck: Oh, gosh, there are so many…. [Also] I am not ultra-ultra-conservative on every issue. I actually support gay marriage.
Interviewer: That may be an opinion that would surprise people.
Hasselbeck: I think the gay marriage thing would definitely surprise people…. I am a person that does believe that life begins at conception, but I also don’t believe that the government should tell women what to do with their bodies. So I’m torn there in terms of supporting laws [for or against abortion]. I always say I would rather change a heart than a law. I think it has to start there. Always trying to mandate, mandate, mandate this or that is not the way that I believe this country should run.
No, you can’t have it both ways, Elisabeth. You can’t be “personally pro-life” but support legalized abortion.
I’m glad Hasselbeck agrees with basic science – Biology 101 – that life begins at conception. Thus, aborting that life is nothing other than murder.
Does Hasselbeck agree that 2-yr-olds are living humans – but she doesn’t want to interfere with another’s right to kill them? This is no different.
I also found this quote weird, if not disturbing…
Interviewer: … [L]et’s talk about President Obama. [The president's July 29 appearance] was the highest-rated show in the history of The View. And you were praised, at least by some, for your assertive questioning…. Does Barack Obama give off such an air confidence that he puts an interviewer at ease?
Hasselbeck: The president is an incredibly cool guy. We were able to go backstage with him [after the show] in our Green Room and talk about how everything seemed pretty orderly with him there and how comfortable everyone was. And there was definitely a moment – I mean, he and I looked at each other, and I remember him answering my question and I could see the intensity in his eyes. He wasn’t just answering me, he was sending through me a message to the American people that felt special.
I’m sorry to say these 2 quotes by Hasselbeck are indicative to me of an intellectually weak mind. I don’t like saying that about another woman. But being starstruck and persuaded by a gaze? C’mon.
[HT: Huffington Post; both photos via ABC]