The other primary in Oklahoma: Pro-life Democrat Randall Terry to challenge Obama

posted at 5:32 pm on March 5, 2012 by Tina Korbe

As I wrote earlier today, Oklahoma is the reddest state in the country. In the 2008 election, every single county voted for John McCain. Barack Obama wasn’t popular in the Democratic primary in the state, either; he took just 31.19 percent of the vote, while Hillary Clinton captured 54.76 percent.

This year, he’s expected to take more than 90 percent of the primary vote — but, even in a year when he is the incumbent president, it won’t be uncontested. Noted pro-life Democrat Randall Terry will challenge Obama on the Democratic ticket.

This weekend, Ann Coulter came to Oklahoma to praise Terry — and to squeeze in a few good words for Mitt Romney in a state that will likely go to Rick Santorum tomorrow:

Coulter was brought to town for a fundraiser and rally for anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, who has entered Tuesday’s Democratic primary as an anti-Obama candidate.

Coulter did what she came for, praising Terry to a crowd of about 75 and generally laying the wood to Democrats, liberals and abortion rights advocates.

But in the end – the question and answer period – Coulter found herself explaining her endorsement of Romney in a state and to an audience that seems to favor Rick Santorum.

Terry’s presence on the Democratic ballot might not matter much in the long run, but it does have this significance: It serves as a reminder that pro-life Democrats do still exist and need to be supported in their pro-life views. Social issues often receive a bad rap — and, again and again, I’ll agree that it’s better strategy in a national election to focus on fiscal issues — but abortion will forever be one of the most important issues of our day.

In 2010, the decision by many pro-life Democrats to vote for Obamacare, which technically allows for taxpayer funding of abortion, led them to lose their seats in Congress. Pro-life Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinksi who fought valiantly against taxpayer abortion funding and voted against Obamacare retained his seat. That proved the perpetual potency of the issue and the integrity of pro-life voters, who don’t let politicians play the life issue both ways (i.e. if a politician says he is pro-life, he better vote against taxpayer funding of abortion, as well as against more explicit pro-abortion measures). Realistically, though, reducing the ranks of pro-life Democrats in Congress also rendered the issue a once-again particularly partisan one.

It need not be. Democrats need to know there’s room for them under the pro-life umbrella — and pro-life Democrats surely would appreciate more opportunities to vote for a Democrat who shares their views on abortion. Coulter’s expressions of praise for Terry remind us that the life issue can and should transcend opinions about what size the government should be. If the right to religious freedom is fundamental, the right to life is even more so.


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Finally, a candidate we can actually get behind.

The Nerve on March 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Terry 2012!

ThePrez on March 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Screw the economy, I have uteri to invade.

mythicknight on March 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Dude can always seek work as a Bill Gates body-double if his bid for public office doesnt pan out…

Jeddite on March 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM

mythicknight on March 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Won’t have much of an economy once the next generation’s birth rate is a high negative one. See Japan as the forerunner for us.

UODuckMan on March 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Tina! Why do you post about such.

Paul-Cincy on March 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Oklahoma is a welfare state. I’m still trying to figure out how a state which receives more money from the Fed that it pays in taxes votes conservative

liberal4life on March 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Abortion is to all Democrats what slavery once was back in 1860. There can be no dissenters. Owning slaves was to Southern Democrats a “right” a portion of their “property” free to do with what they wanted. Abraham Lincoln came forward and outlined that case against slavery. Today, that case is going to be made and they, like in 1860, are going to lose.

ted c on March 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Well, well, if Santorum loses the GOP nomination to Romney, it looks like I might have someone to write-in on the general election ballot.

Stoic Patriot on March 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Southern slaveowners believed that they were entitled to their property, their slaves. It wrenched the nation in two. If our country were going to be true to the Declaration that all men are created equal–with certain inalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness–then the practice of both slavery and abortion diminish the rights of others. The first–liberty, the second, life. Both are equally antithetical to the Declaration, even more so the practice of abortion–because a slave can be freed, but an aborted baby is dead forever.

“A man is a man, no matter the color of his skin” stated Abraham Lincoln. I would go on to say that a man is a man, no matter the age of gestation. In the 1860′s, a slave could sue for his freedom given the right circumstances, but in the last 50 years there have been a scant few survivors of abortions. Denying an unborn baby of his/her life, subsequently denies them of their liberty and their pursuit of happiness simultaneously.

If the Institution of Slavery was so egregious for so long and so many profited from it, then the Institution of Abortion is at least as egregious an institution and those that profit from it are the leftists that promote it and those who engage in it. A woman who kills her baby just so that she can go hold a job and profit is equally as criminal as a plantation owner who holds a slave and profits from the denial of his/her liberty.

ted c on March 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

reposted from headlines last night.

We went to war over slavery. The Institution of Abortion is at least an egregious stain on the Constitution.

ted c on March 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Screw the economy, I have uteri to invade.

mythicknight on March 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Gibberish.

Mimzey on March 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Ann Coulter got ether’d for giving RomneyCare three cheers… ignore this gal

apocalypse on March 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Screw the economy, I have uteri to invade.

mythicknight Planned Parenthood on March 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Fixed it.

Shump on March 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Oklahoma is a welfare state. I’m still trying to figure out how a state which receives more money from the Fed that it pays in taxes votes conservative

liberal4life on March 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

The fed isn’t a money tree. Moochers should be the first to recognize this.

Esthier on March 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Ann Coulter aka Vincent Schiavelli is not a serious voice anymore

apocalypse on March 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Oklahoma is a welfare state. I’m still trying to figure out how a state which receives more money from the Fed that it pays in taxes votes conservative

liberal4life on March 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

One word, injuns.

warden on March 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I would go on to say that a man is a man, no matter the age of gestation.
ted c.

I’d say you’re wrong then.

And there you have it – it’s an opinion issue, period.

RedNewEnglander on March 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM

ted c on March 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Sir, I’ve read your pro life comments over the past several weeks. They’re incredibly powerful.

smoothsailing on March 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM

mythicknight on March 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Mimzey on March 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Do you notice how it’s necessary for abortionists to ignore the life growing in that uterus to make their case?

smoothsailing on March 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Randall Terry is not a democrat. He’s a christian conservative who founded operation rescue. I doubt very much that he’s ever voted for a democrat.

BBegley on March 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I suggest you watch 180 if you haven’t… I can’t believe pple think abortion isn’t murder

apocalypse on March 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Randall Terry is not a democrat. He’s a christian conservative who founded operation rescue. I doubt very much that he’s ever voted for a democrat.

BBegley on March 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Robert Casey was very much a Democrat. Are they so rare in the Democrat Party that you suspect his creds?

hawkdriver on March 5, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Baloney -Coulter is the “hitman” for the GOP taking down Palin for their annointed messiah Oromneycare. She’s just a GOP shill along with Will and those other tired old folks that control the “us too” party.
There none-existent defense of liberty, their hatred of Palin and the tea party, their assault on conservatives far more than on Obama and the socialists, has exposed them as part of the left – the inevitable result of perpetual encumbency and compromise -a very lucrative trade-off for their souls, leaves it hard to argue against that premise..

Don L on March 5, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Randall Terry is not a democrat.

BBegley on March 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

So Oromneycares not a conservative -same difference (well no -Randall apparently has principles.)

Don L on March 5, 2012 at 6:19 PM

liberal4life on March 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

hahahahahahahaha, can’t. figure. out. what?
Thanks for the all the fish…

OkieDoc on March 5, 2012 at 6:23 PM

The other primary in Oklahoma: Pro-life Democrat Randall Terry to challenge Obama

Was not aware such a creature existed. It should be on the endangered list.

Screw the economy, I have uteri to invade.

mythicknight on March 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Well then, enroll at Georgetown and ask for Sandra Fluke.

rukiddingme on March 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Oklahoma is a welfare state. I’m still trying to figure out how a state which receives more money from the Fed that it pays in taxes votes conservative

liberal4life on March 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Another lie. Oklahoma might be a positive federal benefits state, which includes Social Security and Medicare, as well as welfare or charitable programs. SS and Medicare are not welfare, they are paid for by many years of contributions from honest work.

Welfare programs are unearned, charitable programs made available strictly to those in desperate need, in theory anyway.

slickwillie2001 on March 5, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Sorry Mr. Terry – the vast majority of democrats will not support an American-born, pro-life, heterosexual, caucasian, Christian (Catholic) man for president – it goes against everything they believe in.

Pork-Chop on March 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

You never see that guy and Bill Gates at the same party.

jukin3 on March 5, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Great. HotAir is actively endorsing extremist kooks on their front page.

Quality of this site continues to degrade after the Operation Rescue Townhall buyout.

Pablo Honey on March 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Great. HotAir is actively endorsing extremist kooks on their front page.

Quality of this site continues to degrade after the Operation Rescue Townhall buyout.

Pablo Honey on March 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Sad but true.

JFS61 on March 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Oklahoma is a welfare state. I’m still trying to figure out how a state which receives more money from the Fed that it pays in taxes votes conservative

liberal4life on March 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

…your diaper if full…and it’s still on your head…THAT’s WHY!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

There are also plenty of pro-choice Republicans. We want also want more Republican candidates.

thuja on March 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

If I recall correctly, historically, the incumbent presidents who have been defeated have been primaried. Is Terry on the ballot in other states? Is there time to get him on the ballot in other states? I was hoping Huntsman would primary Obama, but it was not to be.

talkingpoints on March 5, 2012 at 9:58 PM

isn’t Randall Terry the guy that dragged Terri Schiavo into national prime time?

Thanks for that, idiot. Really helped Republicans make asses out of themselves back in 2005. That’s where the downslide really started that cost the GOP congress in 2006.

Thank God he’s running as a Democrat, given the amount of Santorum bots around here, he might have had a chance to embarrass the GOP if he’d been on our ticket.

Cordell on March 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

SS and Medicare are not welfare, they are paid for by many years of contributions from honest work.

slickwillie2001 on March 5, 2012 at 6:48 PM

For many of them, but then there are others drawing out of both pots who either never have put anything into it, or for varying lengths of time from a few years to a few decades.

These SSI and other benefits should come from separate appropriations-actually, should be state administered programs in my view.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2012 at 12:18 AM

There is no such thing as a pro-life Democrat. Period. End of story.

If he’s running as a Democrat, then he is lying about being pro-life. Doesn’t matter what his past record is.

SagebrushPuppet on March 6, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Terry got a whopping 2.74% of the Democrat primary vote here in Missouri a couple weeks ago. Missouri went McCain in 2008 in both the primary and general election and the pro-life voting bloc here is strong. I don’t recall seeing any Terry ads or signs and I doubt anyone even knew he was running for president much less as a Democrat.

More interesting though is a guy by the name of Darcy Richardson who bills himself as a true Progressive and is running to the left of Obama. He got just under 2% of the vote. Obama got 88.4%

RobertE on March 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Oklahoma is a welfare state. I’m still trying to figure out how a state which receives more money from the Fed that it pays in taxes votes conservative

liberal4life on March 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Its the Indian reservations. But that was a liberal idea, wasn’t it.

Bevan on March 6, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Oklahomans have it right. Who in their right mind voted for Obambo in the first place. Maybe they felt good about voting for someone like him. However, who with any mind would vote for this clown again? If they do, they don’t have a clue.

rjulio on March 6, 2012 at 2:26 PM