NARAL/Pro-Choice America surprised its members today by endorsing Barack Obama, prompting more than little angry chatter from rank and file members who support Hillary Clinton, or at the very least thought she deserved better in return for her longtime support. For its part the Washington chapter remained both diplomatic and neutral:
“We have had the pleasure of having two strongly pro-choice presidential candidates in Senators Obama and Clinton,” said Karen Cooper, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. “Both have been advocates for the right to choose. As a state affiliate, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington is remaining neutral at this time,” Cooper added.
In announcing the endorsement, NARAL national president Nancy Keenan explained:
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC is making our endorsement now because every day that passes, Sen. McCain gets a free ride on the issue of choice. That free ride ends today.
There has been much talk about uncommitted superdelegates moving toward Obama in order to close the nomination process as quickly as possible, and it looks like national organizations like NARAL are adopting the same strategy. It’s not a knock against Clinton, it’s just an acknowledgment of the political reality.