Last night, I attended a meet-up organized through Ace of Spades for its readers and conservative bloggers in the heart of Obama country, Santa Monica. And once again, I introduced myself as a GayPatriot blogger and received a far warmer welcome than I do when I introduce myself as conservative at gay gatherings.
I had the good fortune to talk to Joy McCann who now blogs at Conservative Commune. Last week, she weighed in on the contraception kerfuffle, offering an opinion effectively identical to my own, “I don’t think the state should pay for it, or mandate it, or force others to pay for it, either directly or indirectly. Nor should the state discourage it.”
Democrats sure do want to make it appear that Republicans want to prohibit it. And with a generous assist from the legacy media, Rick Santorum and, briefly, Rush Limbaugh, they’ve been pushing that dishonest notion — and raising money from it. As William A. Jacobson put it, zeroing in on the talk show host’s language, “the use of ‘slut’ or ‘prostitute’ even in an analogy was inappropriate, as Rush has acknowledged. It also distracted from the attack on religious freedom which is the heart of the controversy.”
That’s not the only thing it’s distracted from. Seems the president is bending over backwards to reach out to women voters. And women, Joy reminded me, tend to do most of the grocery shopping. They know, what reader ChrisH and I have observed, the cost of groceries has increased significantly over the past year.
And Obama may be trying to win them back by playing to their fears about losing their right to contraception.
Republicans may have lost the public relations battle over “slut-gate,” but the contraception issue will likely fade away before November. But, our monthly grocery bills won’t be returning to 2009 levels–even when adjusted for inflation.
Maybe the Obama campaign’s internal polls show a number of anxious women voters, wavering in their support of the incumbent.