Some days ago I have written about the importance of not leaving one’s catholicism outside of the ballot box. The question was then posed what is one to do in a situation in which apparently there is no choice.
My answer to that was that whilst there might be situations where there is no pro-life candidate available, in many instances there might be candidates worthy of support at a former stage; thinking of the US, at the Primaries.
Today, it may seem that a big surprise is in the offing. Whilst official data will not be available for some days, it would appear that in Alaska the pro-life Republican Senatorial candidate Joe Miller has obtained the most unexpected of victories against the abortionist candidate Lisa Murkowski. Murkowski is the incumbent, had a much more professionally organised campaign (and money) and was leading with a huge advantage. Truth be said, Miller profited from a massive last-minute money injection from the Tea Party, but in such circumstances money is rather more useful in making one candidate’s message known than in changing people’s minds. It would also appear that abortion did play a role as the proposal of requiring parental notification for women 17 and younger seeking an abortion was apparently approved by 55% of the voters (and note again that the proposal is additional sign of political activism at an early stage).
It is therefore clear that in Alaska abortion was part of the campaign, that the pro-life side is stronger than many would expect and that a pro-life candidate can win – and win in such a spectacular and unexpected way as Miller has very probably done – also because of the pro-life vote. In a democracy, such things never go unnoticed and Mrs. Murkowski has certainly noticed.
It will not always go this way and it would be an illusion to think that the pro-life involvement of Catholics may always contribute to such results, at least in the short and medium term.
But it certainly shows what can be done.