What appears to be only a qualified support by Mr. Adame for a woman's right to choose abortion is an absolute deal-breaker.
As Anglico pointed out in another thread, party does matter. It matters a great deal. And I recognize that, which is why I am still a member of a party. The only reason I am still a member of the Democratic Party, however, is that party's ostensible support for a woman's right to choose. Without that key component of the platform, I do not have sufficient reason to support Democratic candidates over others who might otherwise come closer to my ideas in other areas of social concern.
To me, the issue of abortion is one that defines so clearly where this society stands with respect to half its population -- or rather where half the population stands in this society -- that this issue is crucial.
I'm discouraged by the number of people who brush it aside as a "wedge" issue, as though it did not have significant implications for how women are viewed.
The cliche that if men could get pregnant, abortion would be an iron-clad guarantee fully funded in every nook and cranny of the union is a painful truth. But sheesh, women have only had the vote since 1920 -- and the fact that we've still got people earnestly suggesting that women should be "educated" prior to being permitted an abortion says just how far we have to go.
Anyway, I like Mr. Adame very much and hope that his treatment by the Blackwater thugs gets a full airing, but I can't support the political aspirations of someone who still thinks women cannot be trusted with this decision.