As Catholic bishops across the country speak out against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate during an election year, one would think Democrats in private are suffering severe heartburn. In public, however, they’re showing a united front in support of Obama. Nicholas Ballasy of The Daily Caller asked Reid if he thought it was a good idea, politically, for the president to go against the Catholic Church on the provision.
Acknowledging that it is “not good for Democrats” to go “head-to-head” with “any church,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Daily Caller that he and his Democratic caucus “totally” support President Barack Obama forcing religious institutions to cover contraception in employee health insurance plans or pay a federal fine.
Catholic bishops across the country are speaking out against this provision of the health care law.
TheDC asked Reid if he thinks it is a good idea, politically, for the president to go against the Catholic Church on the issue.
“Of course it’s not good for the Democrats to go head-to-head against any church, so we certainly don’t intend to do that,” Reid said at the Capitol on Tuesday. “But we had a good discussion in our caucus today and the caucus totally supports the president. I do.”
What an awkward position to be in. “No, we certainly don’t intend” to go “head to head against any church”, yet here we are doing just that. In an election year. The feminazis love us. Mainstream Americans are recoiling in horror. It’s a risky strategy to be sure.
Charles Krauthammer, after noting how badly the Obama administration misjudged the issue, predicted on Fox’s Special Report that they would eventually cave:
Last night was not only a great night for Rick Santorum, it a great night for conservatism. Although he was massively out-spent by the front runner, Santorum managed to win by huge margins in Missouri and Minnesota.
The final numbers in Colorado, where Mitt was projected to win:
In case you missed, here is an excerpt from his victory speech in St. Charles, MO, following his wins in Missouri, and Minnesota.
Loved Michelle Malkin’s take on last night’s events: Romney gets Rick-rolled: Santorum sweeps Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado in 2/7 trifecta
Now, get ready for the attacks, the press smears, more glitter, and likely CPAC ambushes. Forewarned is forearmed.
Aaron Goldstein, American Spectator: Thoughts on the Santorum Sweep
Quin Hillyer, The American Spectator: President Santorum
Eventually, a weak Romney, without a personal “connection” to voters and without any strongly philosophically committed base, will succumb. Santorum will be the nominee. Obama will overplay his hand attacking Santorum’s allegedly awful remarks about homosexuals. He’ll try to slime Santorum in other ways, too. But Santorum isn’t really vulnerable to sliming the way other candidates are. He’ll win swing states in the heartland and will make a good enough VP choice to shore up weaknesses elsewhere. I haven’t done the state-by-state math, but he’ll end up with about 300 electoral votes to Obama’s 238 or so. Santorum will be the next president. And he’ll govern very, very well.