Morning Mix: GOP Won’t Quit Attacking The Pill

President Obama’s announced accommodation of the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act was like chumming the waters for CPAC attendees. Mike Huckabee rallied for solidarity proclaiming “we are all Catholics now!” and Rick Santorum swung hard against science and common sense. Meanwhile Mitt Romney had white supremacists warming up the crowd before his address where he highlighted his “severe” conservatism while Governor of Massachusetts. CPAC is getting so strange I’m feeling wistful for a primary or caucus. Good thing there’s Maine!

Conservatives really believe campaigning against contraception is a winning issue, so much so they’ve already started producing ads targeting pro-choice women on the issue.

Maybe conservatives should check out the latest poll numbers if they’re so sure this is a good move.

CPAC may be the last gasp of the Gingrich campaign. The former Speaker of the House painted himself as the “anti-establishment” candidate who is “terrible” at gold.

This is what I’m talking about–CPAC exists in some kind of alternate universe where Gingrich can insist he’s a man of the people and birth control is the issue of the season.  And the sad thing is, I think it’s only going to get crazier the closer we get to the convention.

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356 comments

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Noted.

Lee Witton
3 years ago

Janice - yes; in much of the world it is the same way but it doesn't mean it is right. In fact, it's deplorable to treat any human being as less than. And in countries that tout equality as one of the most precious aspects of Democracy, it is hypocritical at the very best to claim something that perhaps was the intent but even with the greatest stretch in reality, it not relevant to fact. Frankly, we have a Constitution that we claim as the 'law of the land' and this is America, not other countries. We need to lead by example rather than simply talking the talk. I am so disgusted and angered at what is in this country. Everyday we pick up the news and read of another woman murdered, or severely beaten by her spouse or lover or perpetrator. Crime is rampant in this country and unless women stand up to the anti women lawmakers in this country, we will remain 3rd class, 3rd world country status. Enough is enough and I sure as hell don't want generations to follow to encounter the same abuses, murders, oppession that women suffer today.

Gwendolyn no-mail
Gwendolyn Krupa3 years ago

Thanks.

Richard Lares
Richard Lares3 years ago

Next they will tell you how many childern to have. Then who to marry? It looks like it to me.

Lee Witton
3 years ago

It may be in much of the world but we should be expecting far better in the leading nation of the world. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Sa F.
Sandi F.3 years ago

Republicans are outing themselves daily as hypocrites and frauds. The GOP wants to do whatever it takes to accomplish their goal of the week, while at the same time criticizing anyone else who does the same thing. It used to be a Republican was someone who preached fiscal conservatism and social neutrality.

Today Republicans manipulate their message to include whatever gives them and their corporate sugar daddies more money and power. If today, a position benefits them, it is moral and the right thing to do. If tomorrow, the exact same process is used to benefit someone or something they do not support, then it is time to bring on the outrage. Hypocrites and frauds are very good at bringing on the outrage.

And, of course, to disagree with them is certainly "a war on" something or other they are deeply concerned about. The degree of moral hypocrisy the Republican leaders and their followers have reached is really amazing to watch.

Janice M.
Janice Ma3 years ago

@Lee,
And in much of the world it's still that way.

Lee Witton
3 years ago

Okay, here is reality and why every woman in America needs to stand up and let Republicans know we will never again be relegated to low life status. Fact; until 1957, women were considered property of their husbands. Fact; until 1980, its was legal for any man in America to rape his wife. If it sounds extreme it is because it was barbaric is the most extreme sense. To think that 60 years ago, women were considered property, like a mule. and 40 years ago, if women were exhausted from taking care of all her wifely and motherly duties and didn't want sex that night, the husband was legally 'entitled' to rape her.

Diana Bair
Diana Bair3 years ago

GOP/TEAPARTY IS JUST OUT TO CONTROL WOMEN. THEY WANT BABY BORN BUT WHEN IT IS TIME TO VOTE, MORE MEDICAL COVERAGE TO MORE POOR CHILDREN AND BABIES, THE VERY CHILDREN AND BABIES THEY YELLED ABOUT TO BE BORN!!!!!. DEMOCRATS VOTE A LOUD YES YES YES, GOP/TEAPARTY VOTE NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!, THEY ARE SAYING YOU HAVE TO HAVE THEM, THEN IF THEY GET SICK AND DIE, GOP/TEAPARTY COULD CARE LESS!!!!!!. GOP/TEAPARTY IS TWO/FACED, THEY CARE ONLY TO CONTROL WOMEN CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT????, BUT CARE NEVER FOR CHILD WHEN IT IS NO LONGER A PART OF A WOMANS BODY!!!!. LOGIC: CONTROL. VOTE DEMOCRAT!!!!!. DIANA

Janet K.
Janet K.3 years ago

I think the real reason the religious right is so red hot on campaigning against contraception is because they look forward to the fun they are going to have denying welfare to families who can't afford to have anymore children.