I’d heard conservative commentator Cal Thomas had led Democrat strategist Bob Beckel to the Lord and have even observed Beckel’s commentating style become less abrasive on Fox over the past year.
In the July 26 issue of World magazine Marvin Olasky interviewed the pair, and my name came up in a discussion of Barack Obama. Read the World magazine piece in its entirety here. World has graciously enabled a link to the article for my readers. Following is the relevant excerpt:

Beckel: Let me be purely pragmatic about this: In politics the reason common ground will work is that polarization is bad politics in the voting booth and common ground is good politics…. Barack Obama took the message and it has been with him throughout the Democratic nomination. That’ll tell you something.

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World: But how will he actually pursue common ground? Let’s look at one of the most difficult issues – abortion. Jill Stanek, the IL pediatric nurse, has written about appearing before Obama’s committee (when he was in the IL senate) on infant born alive legislation: After a “failed” abortion when the baby is born alive, do you try to keep him alive or do you just let him die? Stanek has commented that, despite his public demeanor, Obama was heartless and callous. How is Obama going to find common ground on abortion when he doesn’t even want to protect an infant already born alive?…
Beckel: I was pro-choice all my life until I came to faith and now I find it very difficult to reconcile that in biblical terms. I’ve had to remove myself from a number of pro-choice groups; I was on their boards. In politics you pick your fights. It is the most difficult example you put forward on Obama. I don’t know where he would come down, but my guess is you probably wouldn’t be able to find common ground with Obama on that issue.
Many people consider that the most pressing issue, and I understand that, but let’s keep in mind here that the hard pro-life faction in this country who demand no abortions, versus the hard pro-choice faction who demand abortion at any time, are about 15% on either side. So you’ve got about 70% who look for some compromise. You can say, how do you compromise life? That’s what we would say, but that’s the reality of where the American people are. Part of common ground is approaching those issues that are doable.

[Photo courtesy of World magazine]

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