Obama's no dummy...

It appears that Obama does have some political savvy to him after all.

Consider the contraception issue that's got the Catholics all riled up.

After two solid weeks of Republicans rapidly escalating attacks on contraception access under the banner of "religous freedom," Obama finally announced what the White House is proposing an accomodation of religiously affiliated employers who don't want to offer birth control coverage as part of their insurance plans. In those situations, the insurance companies will have to reach out directly to employees and offer contraception coverage for free, without going through the employer.

Did you catch that? The insurance companies themselves are going to offer contraception options. It will no longer be on the "conscience" of the good Catholics who want to use sex solely as a means of procreation. Don't talk to them about the cognitive dissonance of 98% of Catholics using one form of contraception or another. They're too busy reconciling restriction of reproductive rights with their morality and religious liberty to worry about that right now.

Here's the funny part, though. Obama has let Republicans work themselves into a frenzy of anti-contraception rhetoric, all thinly disguised as concern for religious liberty, and then created a compromise that addressed their purported concerns but without actually reducing women's access to contraception.

With the fig leaf of religious liberty removed, Republicans are in a bad situation. They can either drop this and slink away knowing they've been punked, or they can double down. But in order to do so, they'll have to be more blatantly anti-contraception, a politically toxic move in a country where 99% of women have used contraception. I get the feeling that some GOP candidates are going to end up alienating a good half of the population, an entire gender, and a significant voting block doubling down on this stance.

This is a pretty big win for Obama. Romney was provoked repeatedly to go on the record saying negative things about contraception in the frame of concern about "religious liberty" while Obama hijacked the news cycle for two weeks to send the message to the young female voters that he's going to get them their contraception for free. I fully expect to see some ads in the fall showing Romney saying hostile things about contraception and health care reform, with the message that free birth control is going away if he's elected.

Lastly, Here is the reason why Catholic anger to Obama's birth control policy is misplaced. Because 28 states (including Romney's Mass) already have such laws on the books.

Not to mention the fact that it's discriminatory. From the article: "And make no mistake: health plans that exclude services used only by women constitute a form of discrimination. That’s why in 2000, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that employers that cover prescription drugs but do not cover contraception are in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Such employers have “circumscribed the treatment options available to women, but not to men,” it said. The EEOC’s ruling made no exemptions for religiously affiliated organizations. Indeed, in 2009, responding to a lawsuit, the EEOC ruled that the Catholic college Belmont Abbey discriminated against women when it refused to cover birth control."

So he's even got plausible deniability covered. He's just upholding the law.

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grapekoolaid said over 3 years ago ...

Aaand here they are, doubling down.

alienated said over 3 years ago ...

Here is the bottom line. Obama is an ass who will hopefully be a one term president.
This country is burning and Obama is playing his fiddle, watching it burn, promoting
himself and playing games. Even you, a Liberal drone, can see that.

sean_renaud said over 3 years ago ...

I doubt Obama pulled this stunt as a stroke of brilliance. I think hejust quickly fixed a bad situation while bitching out.

It's gonna be funny watching guys like ALIENated come November. Lets see if Obama grows a pair when he finds himself in a situation where he doesn't need to worry about being re-elected.

alienated said over 3 years ago ...

You are on to something. Obama is not doing anything out of brilliance. I would probably like the guy if he lived next door, but he is not presidential material. And his Socialist / Communist leanings are out of order for this country. Anyone wanting to live in that kind of country has plenty of others to choose from. Yes, I am saying "love it or leave it". There are things that need tweaking, but we do not need to sweep everything away and start over when we have the greatest system and country in the world. Or at least we did before Liberals started pissing it all away.

sean_renaud said over 3 years ago ...

What we had was a land with no people in it. While socialist and communist don't really mean anything coming from someone like you in the long run we don't have a choice. Pure capitalism has never worked and just leads to revolutions once the common folk have had enough. I'm really not in the mood to wreck the country because I do love it. I note that not one of you conservatives have offered anything in the way of evidence or even hypothesis against my people didn't come to America for capitalism they came because of it.

grapekoolaid said over 2 years ago ...

I am saying "love it or leave it".

You first buddy. Never have I seen such hostility amnd hatred directed at a public figure before. I'm surprised that the secret service hasn't knocked on your door. If they did, I'm sure you'd compare them to the Gestapo and their boss to Hitler.

alienated said over 2 years ago ...

Were you asleep during the George W. Bush presidency? The media, the Socialists / Leftists / Democrats, Hollywood, all aimed much more hostility at Bush. They hated HIM. I hate Obama's philosophy and I think he is an inexperienced moron, but I do not hate him. Read what I say about him. Right above I mention that I would probably like him if he lived next door ... he is just not a leader. He is a divider and he is doing nothing to promote the public good ... in my opinion. And you had better hope no one knocks on my door on his behalf because your door will be next, sooner or later.

sean_renaud said over 2 years ago ...

How did you manage to say that with a straight face?

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