Time Editor Calls Hillary Clinton a ‘Moral Conservative’

Deal W. Hudson
November 12, 2007

Amy Sullivan, the “nation editor” for Time magazine, describes Hillary Clinton as a “moral conservative” on “value issues.” This remarkable feat of partisan editorializing was seen November 8th on MSNBC. The interviewer, Tucker Carlson, responded with disbelief.

Carlson asked Sullivan, “Has she [Clinton] ever suggested placing any restriction of any kind on abortion, limiting, for instance, abortion for sex selection? Or any restriction, of any kind, ever? I must have missed it. Has she?”

Sullivan responded by touting Clinton’s position: “I think she’s focused more on preventing unwanted pregnancies and providing support for women who are pregnant and want to have their babies but aren’t sure that they can afford it.”

In other words, there is no anti-abortion policy, only entitlement programs dressed up to appear like a pro-life initiative.

Of course, everybody knows that Hillary Clinton, if elected, would be the most aggressively pro-abortion president ever. Paul Kengor, author of God and Hillary Clinton: A Spiritual Life (HarperCollins 2007), puts it this way: “She is to the left of everyone on the abortion issue. There is no greater political passion for her.”

Indeed, Senator Clinton has a 100% pro-abortion voting record in Congress. Yet Sullivan describes her as a “moral conservative” on issues like abortion. Her comment is journalistically irresponsible, blatantly partisan, and worthy of Tucker Carlson’s astonishment. This is the kind of misrepresentation of the facts supported by the flagship news weekly of our country, Time magazine.

A few weeks ago, I published an interview with Catholic vote expert Steve Wagner titled “Hillary Clinton Will Win the Catholic Vote in 2008.” Wagner predicted that Clinton would be able to woo Catholic voters with a “social justice” message, especially in a face-off with a pro-abortion candidate like Rudy Giuliani. Sullivan’s appearance on MSNBC is clear evidence of Clinton’s effort to spin her pro-abortion views as the opposite of what they are. As a matter of fact, Sullivan’s remarks demonstrate that it won’t be just Clinton spreading her “social justice” message of “moral conservatism”; she will have plenty of help from journalists in the major media.

Sullivan’s relationship to the Democratic Party is well-known. A former aide to Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, she’s a leading figure in promoting the role of faith among Democrats. She doesn’t think much of religious faith among Republicans, however. Her blog posts at the Faithful Democrats Website contain one attack after another on the faith-based initiative of President Bush.

At one point, Sullivan gushes over a “tell-all book exposing the hypocrisy, manipulation, and possibly even corruption of the White House’s faith-based initiative.” Sullivan goes on to call Jim Towey, the director of the faith-based office, a “good man” but adds, “I was surprised by the partisan and defensive tone that Towey adopted once he was in the White House.”

It’s one thing for a member of a presidential administration to sound partisan and quite another for the editor of a major “news” magazine.

Sullivan offered another piece of evidence on MSNBC for Clinton’s “moral conservatism.” According to Sullivan, “she [Clinton] also stood up to the ‘choice’ community a few years ago and declared that abortion was a tragedy.” She’s referring to January 24, 2005, speech Senator Clinton made to the 28th Conference of Family Planning Advocates of New York State in Albany, NY. Coming months after Bush’s defeat of John Kerry, largely through the help of religious conservative voters, Clinton told the pro-abortion group:

I, for one, respect those who believe with all their heart and conscience that there are no circumstances under which abortion should be available.

After hearing of the speech, the editorial writer of the New York Sun hit the nail on the head: “No one who listened to Senator Clinton’s speech to abortion rights supporters at Albany yesterday can have any doubt that she’s running for president.”

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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