3 STRIKES AT VATICANTime was when the Democrats counted many in its leadership as opposed to abortion; Teddy Kennedy, Al Gore and Jessie Jackson, to name a few. Thanks to the concerted efforts of militant feminists, who never enjoyed much popular support but wielded a big stick, they were all driven into submission and the party is now as monolithic on that issue as all others.
The Vatican has quietly rejected at least three of President Obama's candidates to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See because they support abortion, and the White House might be running out of time to find an acceptable envoy before Mr. Obama travels to Rome in July, when he hopes to meet Pope Benedict XVI.
Italian journalist Massimo Franco, who broke the story about the White House attempts to find a suitable ambassador to the Vatican, said papal advisers told Mr. Obama's aides privately that the candidates failed to meet the Vatican's most basic qualification on the abortion issue.
Mr. Franco, who has close connections at the Vatican, added that the rejection of the Obama candidates "would suggest that, at least so far, none of the potential Democratic diplomats were considered fit to 'improve relations' with the Holy See."
The president is in a tough spot. If he doesn't appoint an ambassador to the Vatican soon, he and his administration will appear even more amateurish (if that's possible) than they do already. On the other hand, if he can find a pro-life Democrat willing to serve, both president and candidate will risk incurring unholy wrath from outraged feminists and their legions.
Perhaps a patriotic Catholic Republican will volunteer for the job.
(h/t Glenn Reynolds.)