On one issue, anyway. The former president, appearing on Laura Ingraham's radio show yesterday, tore out, wadded up, and threw away one of the most prominent pages in the hymnal of the modern left; he argued that the Democrats should no longer be the party of abortion on demand. Quoth the Sage of Plains:
I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions and that was one of the problems I had when I was president having to uphold Roe v. Wade and I did everything I could to minimize the need for abortions. I made it easy to adopt children for instance who were unwanted and also initiated the program called Women and Infant Children or WIC program that’s still in existence now. But except for the times when a mother’s life is in danger or when a pregnancy is caused by rape or incest I would certainly not or never have approved of any abortions.
I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the need, requirement for abortion and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest. I think if the Democratic Party would adopt that policy that would be acceptable to a lot of people who are now estranged from our party because of the abortion issue.
The politics aren't quite as clean as Carter suggests. The voters who might be more sympathetic towards Democrats if they cooled it on abortion (such as the blue-collar workers of the Midwest or the erstwhile Blue Dogs of the South), would probably need the party to walk back its broader agenda of social liberalism before they considered reconciliation. And the elite leadership of the Democratic Party (where you'll find a disproportionate number of people who think of abortion as a positive good instead of the usual centrist pablum about "a tragic choice") will absolutely never let it happen.
Still, it's nice to see the old man's characteristic disregard for the opinion of his peers be put to good use for once. Now if he could only get this worked up about a North Korean prison camp every once in a while ...