I had a very liberal Catholic teacher friend comment that she thought abortion was murder, plain and simple, but as a woman and a human she wanted to be judged only by herself. She also thought Catholicism, with the vestments and all, was "great theater." Back in those halcyon days, I was also on the faculty for several years. I enjoyed it and have many wonderful memories, but the best day I recall, was watching Father "Bill" frogwalked off the grounds in handcuffs. I gave him a big smile. Next time I saw Bill, he was stocking groceries.From the 'right' perspective, abortion is murder. Are people on the left who support choice immoral or do they have a different point of view. From 'the right', stopping free speech at campuses in the name or tolerance is 'evil'. Are the people on the left evil? From the right, the best way to improve income inequality is by increasing opportunity. Is wanting people to improve their lot through their own efforts 'immoral'? You can argue that you don't agree with their approach but that's different than saying they're evil. Sugar coating things like 'oh, you don't care about the poor' is just a back door way of saying they're evil. It is.
The difference between a partisan hack and a moral argument is that partisans are never wrong. They just backfill what they need to justify their position. That's a really easy test. If you're never wrong, then you're far more likely a partisan than actually arguing from any real moral position. Morality can take you places you don't necessarily want to go and usually does. Happens all the time. it's why groups like the ACLU end up defending the KKK. But ideology never has that conflict because it's inherently self serving and narcissistic. Trump is an absolute stunning example of a partisan of his own ideology. When has he EVER admitted he was wrong?
The other thing is the comment about "partisans." One reason I keep hanging around, and call me naive, I am repeatedly stunned at how fucking partisan many are on this forum. On both sides of the aisle. I often have to laugh out loud, even though it's not all that funny.
Also, now that Uncle Joe Biden is being considered for sainthood, I'm reminded of all the incidents in his past that folks ignored. He's enjoying this moment but he won't risking running again.