The National Park Service had to clean up after another big march in Washington, DC, yesterday, this one a gathering of anti-abortion advocates calling itself a "March for Life," an annual event held to commemorate the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. This one was a bit more pumped than some of the those held in past years because the event finally succeeded, after forty years, in attracting a nationally-elected official - even if it was only Vice President Mike Pence. Pence earned his chops as a congressman and then governor of Indiana who stood foursquare against the evils of abortion and same-sex marriage.
Indeed, Mike Pence's interest in other people's bedrooms is almost legendary - and was a critical factor in propelling him into the national spotlight.
Pence, with an able assist from White House mouthpiece Kellyanne Conway, threw red meat to the crowd with a promise that next week Trump would nominate a justice to the Supreme Court "who will uphold the God-given liberty enshrined in our Constitution in the tradition of the late and great Justice Antonin Scalia.”
Justice Scalia died a year ago while on a hunting trip in Texas that was a gift from someone who had business before the Supreme Court. Alas, poor Nino, a bribe by any other name is still a bribe.
The Vice President also delivered "greetings" from his boss, a man who up until recently was a pro-choice advocate in the abortion debate. The crowd roared its amnesiac approval every time Trump's name was mentioned.
Some things are probably best forgotten.
Also forgotten, or at least conveniently overlooked, was the fact that most Americans are in favor of women having the right to have an abortion in all or most cases. The Pew Research Center found that to be the case with 59% of Americans in a 2016 poll.
But yesterday's marchers won't be deterred by facts or numbers. They have God on their side, plus an array of opportunistic politicians, and at least one admitted sexual predator - for the time-being anyway. They envision a world in which all life is sacred, from inception as a one-celled zygote until the doctor slaps it on the bottom. After that, of course, it is on its own.