Many women who really listened to the debate last night were very angry about Obama’s answer on the abortion. It was patronizing as it was fear mongering and non-committal. My pet peeve was this part

women in consultation with their families, their doctors, their religious advisers, are in the best position to make this decision

I remember bringing it up last night and my guy saying “he wants to ingratiate himself with the Catholics”

And sure enough, today I read this piece from Politico:

Barack Obama and John McCain’s last appearance on stage together wasn’t at Hofstra University, but will be tonight, when the candidates speak back to back at the annual Al Smith Dinner in New York City.

Whats the connection, you ask?

For the past 60 years, distinguished guests have attended the Catholic charities fundraiser in honor of Smith, the late New York governor and first Catholic to run for president, in 1928.

Would that be a problem for a candidate? Apparently it was last time around

In 2000, both George W. Bush and Al Gore appeared. However, Bush and Kerry weren’t invited in 2004 because the Archdiocese stated there were divisive election issues that would take away from the charity dinner. (It was assumed by some that Kerry’s abortion stance might have been the issue, but the Archdiocese never specified.)

So, ain’t it convenient to be the media darling? You get to pander to the Catholics in a debate without anyone raising the flag to the women voters – who were directed to only be offended by…Sarah Palin.

And it seems my vote gets cheaper and cheaper…its less than the price of a dinner right now