Former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes was among scores arrested as anti-abortion activists continued daily marches on to the University of Notre Dame campus to protest President Obama’s commencement speech Sunday.
Among the Republican partisans in South Bend today are none other than Terri Schiavo’s self-appointed savior.
Randall Terry, founder of the controvesial anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, said he deliberately avoided arrest Friday so he could continue to lead protests.
Predictably, the ugliness of the protests — and the blatant, cynical politics of them — have rubbed a lot of students and South Bend residents the wrong way.
"They don’t have any connection to Notre Dame or South Bend. They’re just here to cause trouble."Chelsea Biggs, 19, who will start her sophomore year at Indiana University in the fall, agreed."One man, even if he is the president, is not going to make a legislative decision that ends abortion," she said. "I really think this is all about them getting attention."
And despite the fact that a) Obama won the Catholic vote; b) Obama’s approval rating is sky-high among Catholics; c) Obama won the Indiana county where Notre Dame is located; d) the vast majority of ND students and faculty as well as Catholics nationwide approve of Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame; and e) none of these "pro-lifers" objected when Georgetown awarded the pro-choice Giuliani an honorary degree or Boston College did the same for the pro-choice Condi Rice, we’ll keep hearing about Obama’s and Notre Dame’s "Catholic problem" for weeks.