“I believe it’s the right decision. My conscience feels good, but I am still troubled,” Richardson said, by way of explaining his decision to repeal the death penalty.
“I still wonder if… I know we did the right thing, but I am not totally, totally convinced that every argument that I have just said to you is accurate,” he said.
He wonders if he did the right thing. I wonder what kind of pressure the most “progressive” members of his party brought to bear upon him. For as we all know, the GOP tolerates pro-choice Republicans and anti-death penalty Republicans and anti-war Republicans and all other manners of dissenters from its official platform, while the Democrats punish dissent within their ranks more harshly. Pro-life Democrats are a thing of the past, pushed out of the party like Zell Miller and Richard Shelby, or pressured into renouncing their past beliefs like Joe Lieberman and Al Gore.