Update: GOP party chair Michael Steele has now come out Sunday morning on Meet the Press denouncing the honorary degree, but not the extremists' position that Obama shouldn't be allowed to speak.
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Wow. This would seem to represent a major rift from within the Republican Party. None of the Republican Party leadership are out front and involved in the Notre Dame anti-abortion protests.
With the nation's top Democrat less than 12 hours away from delivering a controversial address to Notre Dame's graduates, some protesters outside the Catholic university were wondering Saturday why President Obama's Republican opposition hadn't shown up from Washington.
Anti-abortion demonstrators are making their way to South Bend, Ind., by the busload this weekend to protest Obama's support for abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research. They argue Notre Dame shouldn't have invited Obama to speak or offered him an honorary degree.
Judy Zabick said she was "very upset because there's not one politician here."
"And what an opportunity missed for the Republicans to take advantage of the passion and the devotion that these people have," Zabick said. "Where are our leaders, not only in our church, but in our nation?"
One Republican exception was 2008 presidential candidate Alan Keyes, who remained jailed Saturday following his second arrest the day before for trespassing on Notre Dame's campus.
The Tea Bagging parties were bought and paid for by Republican interests who were attempting to show that Mainstream America was outraged over Obama's effort to rebuild the nation's economy through his economic stimulus program. Politicians lined up in support.
Note that the only notable Republican icon supporting the anti-abortion extremists is Alan Keyes - a man remembered in Republican circles as the nutcake who attacked Mitt Romney.
Keyes blames Romney for our sins: Just to let us know he's still breathing, the Keyester wrote on his website that Mitt's at fault for turning America into Sodom and Gomorrah by instituting same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.
He proclaims, "This action by Mitt Romney is among the most socially-damaging actions by a chief executive in our nation's history. Because of its far-reaching implications for the future of the traditional family, it threatens to destroy our entire moral and cultural fabric more than any other executive action I can think of." Does this mean condoms and birth control pills will replace currency as the medium of exchange?
The anti-abortion extremists at work in Notre Dame represent the far-right fringe, and it's political suicide for a GOP "face" to become associated with these nuts.
So far, none of the Republican leadership has stepped forward to endorse these protests.
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