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Less Than 1% of Americans Think Politicians Should Talk About Birth Control

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A new poll from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation shows that a large majority of Americans support requiring private health insurance to cover contraception, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone except a Republican; looks like Americans aren’t eager to return to the 1800s after all.

Even more interesting: less than one percent said they thought birth control was what Presidential candidates should be debating.

And yet: GOP Vows to Fight on After Defeat on Birth Control.

Republican priorities.

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79 comments

1 Kragar  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:44:20am

Well, the GOP is the party of the 1%

2 erik_t  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:45:15am

Mother of god, we finally broke the 27% rule.

Mayans were right, y’all.

3 jaunte  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:46:11am

GOP Vows To Fight On After Defeat On Birth Control

Unperturbed after Senate Democrats blocked their effort to let employer health plans refuse to cover birth control and other preventive services, Republican leaders are vowing to keep up the fight after the vote. And Democrats are more than happy to let them — all the way up until the November elections.

“This fight is not over,” said Senate GOP Conference Vice Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO), the author of the amendment that was tabled 51-48 on Thursday. “I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress to protect the rights that make our nation great.”

@jkarsh
Shorter GOP: We won’t give up, we will fight against women’s health until we’re finished as a party.

4 Cinnabar  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:46:36am

I don’t get it. Why is anyone thinking about the economy or the environment when they could be banning birth control?
/

5 Bulworth  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:50:02am

“We will fight the women on the beaches, we will fight them in the streets, we will fight them on the country side, we will fight them in the air….” //

6 nines09  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:50:43am

They really do live in their own little world. And it’s a nasty small place. Broken is an understatement.

7 HappyWarrior  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:50:56am

I guess the Republicans figure because the economy is improving that they know they can’t focus on that, they needed a good old fashioned culture war. But this is going to fail and fail big time for them.

8 Bulworth  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:51:02am

“We will fight on behalf of large employers on the beaches, we will fight on their behalf on the sea, we will fight on their behalf in the streets….” /

9 Gus  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:52:09am

Speaking of a minority of idiots. Look through the Tweets about Fluke at #tcot. The vitriol is palpable.

10 Interesting Times  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:52:14am

re: #3 jaunte

GOP Vows To Fight On After Defeat On Birth Control

“This fight is not over,” said Senate GOP Conference Vice Chair Roy Blunt-force-trauma-to-the-head (R-MORON), the author of the amendment that was tabled 51-48 on Thursday.

Fixed.

11 wrenchwench  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:53:39am

I am the 99%.

12 jaunte  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:53:53am

re: #9 Gus

I’m sure they have a more nuanced approach to insurance covering boner pills.

13 Bulworth  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:54:10am

re: #9 Gus

Speaking of a minority of idiots. Look through the Tweets about Fluke at #tcot. The vitriol is palpable.

Guess #tcot is taking a break from all its “Jesus loves you so much” crusade.

14 jaunte  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:54:27am

@SandraFluke
Thank you @BARACKOBAMA for your call and words of support. It means so much to me and millions of women! #WeWillNotBeSilenced

15 HappyWarrior  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:54:47am

re: #9 Gus

Speaking of a minority of idiots. Look through the comment about Fluke at #tcot. The vitriol is palpable.

I feel so bad for Ms. Fluke. All this woman wanted to do was testify about what happened to her friend and she gets this? I really hate some of my fellow Americans at times. We can be so judgmental of people we don’t know.

16 BongCrodny  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:55:41am

Each wingnut is equivalent to 100 normal people, so it’s really 50-50.

17 Kragar  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:55:41am

re: #7 HappyWarrior

I guess the Republicans figure because the economy is improving that they know they can’t focus on that, they needed a good old fashioned culture war. But this is going to fail and fail big time for them.

Well, Obama saved the auto industry, so maybe they can get some votes if they do that again.

Ohio GOP Senate Candidate Wants New Plan To ‘Rescue The Auto Industry’

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said he is developing a plan to “rescue the auto industry.”

When asked about the $82 billion government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009, Mandel said in a Thursday call to The Vindicator, “Our economy has not yet been rescued. So many people are still out of work.” […]

“I’m not saying the bailout didn’t work,” Mandel said.

18 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:55:52am

In all fairness, the 1% value comes from this:

When asked to name in an open‐ended question the top two issues they would like to hear the presidential candidates talk about, only five survey respondents (less than one percent of all respondents) mentioned women’s health or birth control

So it just means what I we all already knew: Birth control isn’t what is most important to people right now.

19 Gus  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:58:36am

re: #16 BongCrodny

Each wingnut is equivalent to 100 normal people, so it’s really 50-50.

Intelligence wise it’s the reverse. It takes 100 wingnuts to equal the intelligence of one average American. ;)

20 SpaceJesus  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:58:40am

re: #3 jaunte

This whole platform is hilarious. In GOPLand, if you’re a poor woman and you choose to have children, you’re clearly only having children to mooch off the welfare system and you should be punished. On the other hand, if you’re a poor woman who chooses not to have children and you need to get your contraception via a government-subsidized clinic because you can’t otherwise afford it, you’re a slut and a prostitute and you should be punished. Makes a ton of sense.

21 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:58:43am

re: #18 Simply Sarah

In all fairness, the 1% value comes from this:

So it just means what I we all already knew: Birth control isn’t what is most important to people right now.

Conversely, the very next sentence says:

Among the public overall, a quarter (24 percent) say reproductive health care services for women is an ‘extremely important’ issue in determining their vote for president this fall, compared to 36 percent who say health care costs and 21 percent who say abortion are ‘extremely important’ to their vote.

So a good quarter of the population finds the issue to be a very important one. (29% of women vs. 18% of men)

22 BongCrodny  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:59:43am

re: #17 Kragar

Well, Obama saved the auto industry, so maybe they can get some votes if they do that again.

Ohio GOP Senate Candidate Wants New Plan To ‘Rescue The Auto Industry’

“Oh, save us, Treasurer Mandel,” the auto industry cried. “Save us from these vile auto unions!”

23 Gus  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:00:14am

After reading those vile comments at #tcot my “national day of mourning” for Breitbart is about to come to a severe halt. Many of those people are monsters of his creation.

24 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:00:42am

re: #5 Bulworth

“Give me chastity or give me death!”

25 Charles Johnson  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:00:42am

re: #21 Simply Sarah

Conversely, the very next sentence says:

So a good quarter of the population finds the issue to be a very important one. (29% of women vs. 18% of men)

Probably because they know that the GOP is attacking it.

26 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:02:34am

re: #25 Charles Johnson

Probably because they know that the GOP is attacking it.

That and fact that women’s health issues have the biggest impact on, well, us women.

27 Kragar  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:02:43am

re: #22 BongCrodny

“Oh, save us, Treasurer Mandel,” the auto industry cried. “Save us from these vile auto unions!”

What we really need is a candidate who can deliver his expert opinion on the vertical aspect of foliage.

28 Achilles Tang  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:03:01am

Let us not forget the role of the Catholic church in particular in this. There are some 60 million Catholics in the country and 98% of them have used birth control, so the Bishops or the flock or both have a serious case of cognitive dissonance going on; and they want everyone else to suffer along with them.

29 BongCrodny  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:03:28am

Where is Sandra Fluke from?

From what I saw of her, she seemed poised, intelligent and, in the vernacular, had her shit together.

We could use more folks like her in Congress and a few dozen less of the Blunt Instrument type.

30 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:04:46am

re: #29 BongCrodny

Where is Sandra Fluke from?

From what I saw of her, she seemed poised, intelligent and, in the vernacular, had her shit together.

We could use more folks like her in Congress and a few dozen less of the Blunt Instrument type.

She’s a law student at Georgetown.

31 Kragar  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:05:36am

Apparently, Rush is the victim here.

Rush Says Democrats Demonizing Him for Sex Comments

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh today mocked President Obama for supporting a Georgetown law student who testified to Congress that birth control should be covered by health insurance, drawing out the culture war over contraception that has consumed the political world for the past week.

Shortly before the student, Sandra Fluke, gave an interview on the cable network MSNBC today, Obama called her to tell her that her parents should be proud of her for speaking out for women.

After learning of the president’s phone call during his radio show today, a day after he chided Fluke over her sex life, Limbaugh made a kissing noise with his lips and mocked Obama.

“That is so compassionate. What a great guy,” Limbaugh said. “The president called her to make sure she’s OK. What is she, 30 years old? Thirty years old, student at Georgetown Law who admits to having so much sex she can’t afford it.”

In response to a question from ABC’s Jake Tapper, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama called Fluke to “express his disappointment that she has been the subject of inappropriate personal attacks and to thank her for exercising her rights as a citizen to speak out on an issue of public policy.”

On his radio show, Limbaugh continued to focus on Fluke today, saying she “hilariously” testified to Congress that “she’s having so much sex” that health insurance should cover her birth control.

“Not one person says, ‘Well, did you ever think about maybe backing off the amount of sex you have?’” Limbaugh said.

He also claimed that Democrats “want to blame me as being the person they should fear.”

32 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:05:58am

re: #28 Blue Spot Vlamingii Tang

Let us not forget the role of the Catholic church in particular in this. There are some 60 million Catholics in the country and 98% of them have used birth control, so the Bishops or the flock or both have a serious case of cognitive dissonance going on; and they want everyone else to suffer along with them.

It’s the bishops. Actual American Catholics are semi-supportive of the plan overall.

33 BongCrodny  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:06:16am

re: #30 Simply Sarah

She’s a law student at Georgetown.

Yeah, no small potatoes there, either.

I meant as far as legal residence is concerned. Is she from D.C.?

34 SpaceJesus  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:07:13am

re: #31 Kragar

reverse sexism!

35 makeitstop  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:07:33am

Dear GOP,

The Culture War is over. You lost. Get over it,

Sincerely,
makeitstop, liberal minion of Satan

36 HappyWarrior  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:07:42am

...

37 aagcobb  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:07:49am

This does illustrate how, in the long run, people will be better off getting their insurance through a health insurance exchange rather than through their employer. Then the employers can’t whine about how their religious beliefs are being trampled by insurance meeting their employees’ basic healthcare needs.

38 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:08:19am

re: #33 BongCrodny

Yeah, no small potatoes there, either.

I meant as far as legal residence is concerned. Is she from D.C.?

No idea if she actually lives in D.C. or if she’s one of the many people that commutes from the nearby states.

39 jaunte  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:08:19am

re: #31 Kragar

All that sex talk; sounds like an inappropriate editorial environment for an advertiser like eHarmony.

40 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:08:54am

re: #31 Kragar

Apparently, Rush is the victim here.

Rush Says Democrats Demonizing Him for Sex Comments

What a disgusting, disgusting excuse for a person.

41 BongCrodny  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:09:38am

re: #31 Kragar

Apparently, Rush is the victim here.

Rush Says Democrats Demonizing Him for Sex Comments

…and a hundred thousand other reasons.

42 aagcobb  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:10:07am

re: #40 Simply Sarah

What a disgusting, disgusting excuse for a person.

One wonders how conservatives claiming to embrace christian morality can continue to support this pig.

43 makeitstop  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:10:33am

re: #40 Simply Sarah

What a disgusting, disgusting excuse for a person.

Too bad that ‘suspicious package’ didn’t contain a clue.

I know his sycophants will never desert him, but the average person who reads about this has got to be thinking ‘what an asshole.’

44 allegro  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:10:52am

The first of many I hope…

Rush Limbaugh Advertisers Begin Pulling Their Ads After ‘Slut’ Comment

Rush Limbaugh—a man who rarely evades controversy—has angered enough people this time that some of his radio advertisers are pulling their ads, including Sleep Train Mattress.

Now groups like ToppleBush.com are publishing lists of Limbaugh’s radio sponsors and advertisers so that consumers can begin to boycott the brands.

Companies include: Quicken Loans based in Detroit, Century 21 Real Estate LLC, based in Parsippany, NJ, ProFlowers, Sleep Train Mattress Center based in North Highlands, Calif., and eHarmony based in Pasadena, Calif.

Interestingly, eHarmony founder Nell Warren, also is against gay relationships. His Limbaugh ties give clearer in dications of Warren’s political views.

Sleep Train, today, announced via their Twitter account @theSleepTrainReply that they are pulling their Rush Limbaugh ads: “We don’t condone negative comments directed toward any group. In response, we are currently pulling our ads from Rush with Rush Limbaugh.”

Consumers and anti-Limbaugh supporters are encouraging other companies to follow Sleep Train’s move.

45 HappyWarrior  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:11:11am

re: #31 Kragar

Apparently, Rush is the victim here.

Rush Says Democrats Demonizing Him for Sex Comments

Other thing I noticed from the article, Romney is now saying he opposes the Blunt Amendment. He was supporting it earlier in the week.

46 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:11:24am

re: #42 Youcan’ttouchthis

One wonders how conservatives claiming to embrace christian morality can continue to support this pig.

because they think the days of the puritans, shaming and the scarlet letter were the good old days?

47 HappyWarrior  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:12:46am

By the way Boehner is a coward for trying to equate fundraising off the comment to the comment itself. Sorry Boehner but no. And Rush is a coward for trying to make himself into a victim. Dude you called a woman a slut and then suggested we be able to watch her sex tapes. He should be damn lucky that Ms. Fluke’s father doesn’t kick his fat ass because if I were her father, I’d be tempted.

48 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:12:50am

re: #45 HappyWarrior

Other thing I noticed from the article, Romney is now saying he opposes the Blunt Amendment. He was supporting it earlier in the week.

No, no. He was against it and then he was for it.

49 jaunte  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:12:57am

re: #43 makeitstop

Too bad that ‘suspicious package’ didn’t contain a clue.

I know his sycophants will never desert him, but the average person who reads about this has got to be thinking ‘what an asshole.’

His sycophants are pushing the ‘satire’ line:
Limbaugh’s Misogynistic Attacks Defended By Right-Wing Media

CNN’s Erickson: ” Of Course Rush Was Being Insulting … But He Was Using Insult And Sarcasm To Highlight The Absurdity Of Sandra Fluke And The Left’s Position.”

NRO’s Charen: Limbaugh’s “Choice Of Words Was Crude But … I Certainly Understood And Sympathized With The Point.”

Hot Air’s Korbe: “Rush’s Comments Are Intentionally Provocative, But They Also Underscore The Point.”

NewsBusters On Limbaugh’s Comments: “Obviously, A Bit Of Humor Which Escaped The Overly-Sensitive Left-Wing/Media Axis Always Looking To Be Offended.”

50 allegro  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:13:09am

re: #45 HappyWarrior

Other thing I noticed from the article, Romney is now saying he opposes the Blunt Amendment. He was supporting it earlier in the week.

Wait… he was against it… then he was for it… now he’s against it again?

51 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:13:47am

re: #50 allegro

Wait… he was against it… then he was for it… now he’s against it again?

Nah, still for it.

52 HappyWarrior  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:13:56am

re: #50 allegro

Wait… he was against it… then he was for it… now he’s against it again?

Yeah read Kragar’s article, he told a Ohio reporter that he’s against it now. Guy has no principles.

53 aagcobb  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:14:31am

re: #52 HappyWarrior

Yeah read Kragar’s article, he told a Ohio reporter that he’s against it now. Guy has no principles.

He has one principle. He likes to make lots of money.

54 HappyWarrior  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:14:43am

re: #49 jaunte

His sycophants are pushing the ‘satire’ line:
Limbaugh’s Misogynistic Attacks Defended By Right-Wing Media

Satire? It’s always “satire” with Rush whenever he says shit like this. How about “personal responsibility” and owning up to what he said rather than be a sniveling little coward who likes to push people around.

55 jaunte  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:14:46am

@LOLGOP: GOP to rename itself “The Sausage Party.”

56 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:16:01am

re: #44 allegro

The first of many I hope…

Rush Limbaugh Advertisers Begin Pulling Their Ads After ‘Slut’ Comment

According to ThinkProgress, Sleep Number has dropped him as well. He’s apparently losing the support of the mattress and bedding industry.

Second Advertiser Pulls Out From Limbaugh

Sleep Number, an advertiser on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, announced on Twitter moments ago that they are pulling out. “Recent comments by Rush Limbaugh do not align w/our values, so we made decision to immediately suspend all advertising on that program,” the tweet reads. Earlier today, mattress retailer Sleep Train announced that they would be pulling all of its advertisements from the program after being besieged on Twitter by angry customers.

57 Kragar  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:16:07am

re: #49 jaunte

His sycophants are pushing the ‘satire’ line:
Limbaugh’s Misogynistic Attacks Defended By Right-Wing Media

Rush was obviously just trying to mimic Dan Akroyd’s famous “Jane, you ignorant slut” sketch.
/

58 jaunte  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:16:51am

@AnnTBush
Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital owns Rush Limbaugh’s Clear Channel. Are you really surprised?

59 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:17:21am

“GOP Vows to Fight on After Defeat on Birth Control.”

GOP’s plans remind me of Dr. Evil’s antics. Perhaps he is their secret overlord?

60 makeitstop  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:17:24am

re: #49 jaunte

His sycophants are pushing the ‘satire’ line:
Limbaugh’s Misogynistic Attacks Defended By Right-Wing Media

His usual hiding spot.

I’d like to see Limbaugh or Erick Son Of Erick call some of the women I know a ‘slut’ to their face. There would be blood.

61 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:17:44am

re: #52 HappyWarrior

Yeah read Kragar’s article, he told a Ohio reporter that he’s against it now. Guy has no principles.

That happened first, then he came out in favour of it. Best as I know, he hasn’t changed again since then.

62 HappyWarrior  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:18:18am

re: #61 Simply Sarah

That happened first, then he came out in favour of it. Best as I know, he hasn’t changed again since then.

Oh, my bad then. Still a spineless hack though.

63 kirkspencer  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:18:35am

re: #54 HappyWarrior

Satire? It’s always “satire” with Rush whenever he says shit like this.

That’s always been his hot water defense. The Joker stole “Why so serious” from him.

64 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:19:05am

re: #62 HappyWarrior

Oh, my bad then. Still a spineless hack though.

No argument from me on that!

65 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:19:32am

re: #61 Simply Sarah

That happened first, then he came out in favour of it. Best as I know, he hasn’t changed again since then.

Was he in favor of being against it, or against being in favor of it? And is he now, or ever has been, in favor of being in favor of it or against being against it?
:)

66 Gus  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:19:34am
67 Interesting Times  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:20:07am

re: #56 Simply Sarah

According to ThinkProgress, Sleep Number has dropped him as well. He’s apparently losing the support of the mattress and bedding industry.

Criticizing people for having a sex life will do that.

*rimshot*

68 Kragar  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:22:08am

re: #66 Gus

Check out this loser.

toddstarnes ‏ @toddstarnes
The left seems to bristle at the term “slut.” How about trollop? harlot? hussy? loose?

But enough about the Palins…

69 BongCrodny  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:22:42am

re: #66 Gus

Check out this loser.

I feel so dirty.

70 Simply Sarah  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:23:45am
71 CuriousLurker  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:26:42am

The GOP needs to be on suicide watch. Seriously.

Reminds me of stories I heard from Iranian veterans of the Iran-Iraq War about how the mullah & ayatollahs would give speeches that pumped them up with religious fervor & patriotism and told them to go out and martyr themselves so they could achieve paradise. They’d give little gold plastic “keys to heaven” to teenage boys who volunteered for the army, then send them in to clear mine fields…by walking through them.

So, yeah, nobody in the GOP is losing their life over this, but it still reminds me of it: Pump yourself up on extreme ideas about God & country, put on your flag pin, scream, “Jesus is great!” and willingly march right into a cultural minefield. O_o

72 Iwouldprefernotto  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:31:52am

re: #66 Gus

Check out this loser.

Apparently you can graduate Georgetown with a MBA, Ph.D, or STD.

It’s wrong. but I laughed.*

*In November Obama will have the last laugh.

73 BrainSurfer  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 11:47:16am

The 1% article title above is misleading. Following is from the Kaiser report, which makes for interesting reading:

ELECTION WATCH: NO STANDOUT HEALTH POLICY ISSUE IN 2012; HEALTH CARE COSTS AND MEDICARE TOP THE LIST
It’s hardly breaking news that so far, 2012 is an election in which the economy is overwhelmingly the top concern. In an open‐ended question, six in ten Americans name the economy or jobs as one of the top two things they want to hear this year’s presidential candidates talk about. But second on that list is health care, named by far fewer—22 percent—but still claiming a higher spot than issues such as the federal budget deficit (12 percent), education (8 percent), and taxes (8 percent).

Here’s where the 1% figure comes from:

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FOR WOMEN AS AN ELECTION ISSUE
Despite Republican presidential candidates shining the spotlight on their opposition to the contraceptive coverage requirement, the topic has not yet risen to the top in the public’s own estimation of what will drive them on election day. When asked to name in an open‐ended question the top two issues they would like to hear the presidential candidates talk about, only five survey respondents (less than one percent of all respondents) mentioned women’s health or birth control. Among the public overall, a quarter (24 percent) say reproductive health care services for women is an ‘extremely important’ issue in determining their vote for president this fall, compared to 36 percent who say health care costs and 21 percent who say abortion are ‘extremely important’ to their vote.

PDF of the complete Kaiser Feb Health Report:
[Link: www.kff.org…]

74 Ming  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 12:03:06pm

I think the following may explain why Republicans keep on returning to the contraception issue. Their vision is the “Obama versus Religion” headline. This vision dazzles them, and drives them crazier and crazier. “Obama versus Religion” is a no-win for Obama. They just know it. If only they could put that theme out in front of America in 2012! This is their seductive dream. They can’t stop now. They’re so close! There’s gotta be something there! After all, the Catholic bishops were against Obama’s contraception regulation. That’s gotta be something Republicans can use!

No, it doesn’t make sense, but those Republicans are hooked.

75 BrainSurfer  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 12:58:32pm

re: #74 Ming

I think the following may explain why Republicans keep on returning to the contraception issue. Their vision is the “Obama versus Religion” headline. This vision dazzles them, and drives them crazier and crazier. “Obama versus Religion” is a no-win for Obama. They just know it. If only they could put that theme out in front of America in 2012! This is their seductive dream. They can’t stop now. They’re so close! There’s gotta be something there! After all, the Catholic bishops were against Obama’s contraception regulation. That’s gotta be something Republicans can use!

No, it doesn’t make sense, but those Republicans are hooked.

Let’s assume that President Obama is familiar with Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals, which has as it’s 4th rule of power tactics: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.

Republicans know this as well, as they are extremely vulnerable here as - my opinion, don’t have facts at hand - most Christians/Catholics are far from hard core, obey rules when it’s suitable, and vast majority are comfortable with birth control (helps avoid the possible moral quandary of trying to decide how to handle an unwanted pregnancy). Besides Christians come in all sorts of different flavors, from non-practicing to serious fundamentalists. Kind of like herding cats to get them thinking, let alone voting, all the same.

Primary tactic for Republicans is to try to maintain Christian unity and support by calling Obama’s HHS mandate an attack on religious freedom, and try not to get too deep into the birth control issue as it is the hot button in women’s health. Focus should be instead on other issues - economy, jobs, debt, taxes.

76 Batman  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 12:58:48pm

I think more americans support terrorism than that. Way to go, Republicans. You found the worst side of the dumbest issue.

77 wrenchwench  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 1:01:32pm

re: #75 BrainSurfer

Alinskyyy!11

78 wrenchwench  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 1:03:24pm

re: #75 BrainSurfer

Oh, and:

it is the hot button in women’s health

rotating title.

OK, maybe not.

79 Shvaughn  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 1:32:49pm

re: #56 Simply Sarah

According to ThinkProgress, Sleep Number has dropped him as well. He’s apparently losing the support of the mattress and bedding industry.

Makes sense in a way, when you come out as so anti-sex.

(Plus I bet a lot of women buy mattresses.)


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Shiplord Kirel
Inside the French First World War Soldier’s Memorial Bedroom
(video at link) His moth-eaten officer's tunic hangs on a coat stand, a cobweb linking it to the leatherbound desk where his Gold Flake cigarettes and his collection of pipes are neatly arranged. This is the bedroom, revealed to the ...

5 hours, 47 minutes ago
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The War TARDIS
Preview to Doctor Who, Series 8 Finale -SPOILERS-
It appears Clara may have gone bad, if the latest trailer is anything to go by: Lines and Pictures to go with them: Clara: Do I have your attention? You will never step inside your TARDIS again Ok... Clara seems ...

7 hours, 8 minutes ago
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Randall Gross
AT&T Locks Multi-Carrier iPad SIM, T-Mobile and Sprint Leave It Open
Apple public relations pointed Ars to a support FAQ that confirms the AT&T locking. "Using Apple SIM, you can choose from different cellular carriers and their various programs. The data plans vary by carrier. For instance, in the United ...

12 hours, 11 minutes ago
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FemNaziBitch
Jasmine Villegas’s -MUSIC Video makes a difference in Domestic Violence —MIC
Like so many others, the teen initially kept the abuse to herself, concealing the violence from friends and family until she couldn't hide the bruises and swollen lips any longer. The final straw came when her abusive ex threw ...

15 hours, 24 minutes ago
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Lumberhead
The Wars Rand Paul Would Fight - the Atlantic
Paul should be credited for broadening the GOP foreign-policy debate. And there's considerable merit in his preference for thinking carefully through the endgame of war, building congressional support before seizing the sword, and recognizing the potential for blowback from ...

19 hours, 58 minutes ago
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MichaelJ
Jordy Smith + Impossibly Long Sand Bottom Tubes
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1 day, 5 hours ago
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EiMitch
Cracked: 6 Halloween Pranks for Sociopaths With Unlimited Budgets
cracked.com America's No. 1 holiday celebrating violence and candy is just around the corner, and this year it looks to be better than ever, as the glorious union of art and technology has given us several exciting new ways to ...

4 days, 5 hours ago
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Souliren
Natalie MacMaster Fiddle school
This is a short (under two minute) video of Natalie teaching a technique for "Athole Brose," in Cape Breton style.

6 days, 10 hours ago
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Rightwingconspirator
1934 Had Worst Drought of Last Thousand Years-We Made It Worse
"It was the worst by a large margin, falling pretty far outside the normal range of variability that we see in the record," said climate scientist Ben Cook at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. Cook ...

1 week, 1 day ago
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The Scablands: A scarred landscape as strange as fiction
arstechnica.com

1 week, 5 days ago
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 Frank says:

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