'Kennedy stumbled into the conflict'
Standing up for abortion rights is one thing. Picking a deliberate fight
with the Catholic Church is another. Kennedy would have gotten away with the former. There was no way
he was going to get away with the latter. It was dumb politics.Update
-- Kennedy last month
: Pretending he didn't "understand for the life of me" the church's position, mocking its pro-life stand and calling into question its commitment to health care. As I said, dumb. He was asking for a fight. ...