A 10 to 20% minority on both sides controls this issue. One with the position that abortions should be legal in all and any circumstance and the other side with the position abortion should be illegal in all and any circumstances and that God let September 11th happen because we're abortionist.
There has to be some softening of the rhetoric on this issue. I liked the way Howard Dean spoke of the issue on MTP, avoiding harsh rhetoric that turns people off.
Republicans, including Santorum, had criticized Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., for comparing Republicans to the Nazis. Santorum called for Byrd to retract his comments and said they "lessen the credibility of the senator and the decorum of the Senate," The Associated Press reported in March.
This pension ruling should be a clear example of what a right-wing Republican judges are about. They are about taking your pensions away, taking your right to join a union away, and so forth and so on.
I think you are wrong about the Blue Dogs on trade. I am researching it right now and so far many of the Blue Dogs have come out against CAFTA. I am pretty sure member of the Progressive Caucis will vote a 100% against this.
Unfortuanatly I believe the DLC will have the greatest number of members voting for this. So called "Free trade" is a big part of the DLC policy.