Last night on Sean Hannity’s show, Dick Morris contended that the administration had “deliberately calculated“* the whole contraception kerfuffle in order to great the impression that the GOP wishes to ban contraception. Obama, he opined, wants to run against the GOP on social issues. He reminded viewers of the question former Clinton administration official, now ABC News reporter, George Stephanopolous asked at the New Hampshire Republican debate on January 7.
(Interesting how this issue comes to the fore just before the release of the administration’s debt-heavy federal budget.)
“Everyone,” writes law professor William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection,
. . . at least on our side of the aisle, shook their heads in disbelief as to why Stephanopoulos was bringing up the issue. There was no active controversy over contraception, it wasn’t in the news, and there were far more pressing political issues, yet what seemed like an eternity of debate time was devoted to the subject at the insistence of Stephanopoulos.
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Well what do you know, about a month later the Obama administration proposes administrative rules under Obamacare which would require free contraception be provided even by religious institutions which oppose contraception on religious grounds.
Wonder if there’s been some coordination between the White House and Mr. Stephanopolous. It’s happened before. Just after Obama took office, John F. Harris reported on what he dubbed, “a street-corner bull session between four old friends who suddenly find themselves standing once more at the busiest intersection of politics and media in Washington“:
Carville calls White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
Emanuel calls ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos.
Are Mr. Emanuel’s former colleagues and current successor (as White House chief of staff) still communicating with the ABC News reporter?
It’s time Mr. Stephanopolous subject himself to some questioning.