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Maureen Dowd of the NY Times, quoting GOP'er Alex Castellanos...
“Republicans being against sex is not good,” the G.O.P. strategist Alex Castellanos told me mournfully. “Sex is popular.”
He said his party is “coming to grips with a weaker field than we’d all want” and going through the five stages of grief. “We’re at No. 4,” he said. (Depression.) “We’ve still got one to go.” (Acceptance.)
May I assist as a grief counselor? I sincerely hope so. Hate to see any conservatives, you know, broken down on the side of the road, or anything.
Now, why would a GOP strategist be talking about his political party being against sex?
Top Republicans are working overtime to mask palpable concern within their party over a Thursday Senate vote to roll back an Obama administration rule requiring most employers to provide workers with contraceptive coverage in their health benefits.
The measure in question was authored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) — a member of the GOP’s leadership team — and would allow employers who provide health benefits to deny coverage of particular services — including contraception — for reasons of conscience. Blunt introduced the legislation at the height of the contretemps over the Obama administration’s contraception rule, and Republicans pushed hard to secure a vote for it as an amendment to an unrelated transportation bill.
Majority Leader Harry Reid called Blunt's stunt-bluff and scheduled a vote for today. Good on Reid.
Desperation knows no limits.....and Republican Party officials are, indeed, desperate.
Desperate, yet still cocky, Republican politicos have been bringing bucket after bucket of bullpucky to throw at President Obama...to see what will stick....it's the economy, no, it's his apologizing, no, it's his socialism, no, it's his aloofness, no, it's gas prices, no, it's contraceptives....no, no, it's his attack on religious liberty....yeah, that's it.
And so, here we are. The Senate is staged to vote today on a bucket-of-bullsh*t amendment from Republican Roy Blunt.
If there is any semblance of a thought-produced plan in the Senate Republicans amendment.....it is an attempt to eviscerate Obamacare. The contraception-coverage-in-insurance argument is happening because of the implementation of ObamaCare. Republicans hate Obamacare, they say, because of the mandate to buy health insurance. Hopwever, that's not the real reason Republicans hate ObamaCare. Republicans hate Obamacare because they know Democrats will get the credit for the national health insurance program....much like Democrats, FDR and LBJ, earned the credit for popular social programs passed under their presidencies.
If conservative voters think that elected Republicans give a damn about contraception....they need to think again. Full implementation of Obamacare is what elected Republicans are adamantly opposed to....and women, including most Catholic women, are simply the grist Republicans are attempting to grind up towards that goal. Elected Republicans consider denying women access to affordable reproductive healthcare....as collateral damage in their war against Obama.
But desperate people often do stupid stuff....stuff they wouldn't do if they were less desperate. This time, Senator Blunt's proposal to insert "employer conscience" exceptions into an ObamaCare rule requiring employers to provide contraception coverage.....is being received as some spectacularly-stupid stuff.
Here's the important part of Blunt's amendment....
Nothing in this title (or any amendment made by this title) shall be construed to require an individual or institutional health care provider, or authorize a health plan to require a provider, to provide, participate in, or refer for a specific item or service contrary to the provider's religious beliefs or moral convictions.
I don't care how hard you throw that cow chip.....it ain't gonna' stick.
Blunt's amendment would dismantle virtually any and all requirements for employers to offer health insurance to their employees. Many employers may be "morally" opposed to any requirement by the federal government to offer health insurance to his/her employees. Some employers may even have deep "moral convictions" about the evil Obamacare requirements and simply refuse to, on "conscience" grounds, offer health insurance at all.
Other oh-so-conscientious anti-Obama employers may single out specific patient-needs (HIV patients, pregnant teenagers, etc) as a violation of their "religious beliefs"....and refuse services to those questionably-moral employees.
With the Blunt amendment attached to Obamacare, the new health insurance expansion plan could be, for all intents and purposes, rendered impotent. Of course, that's been the Republican plan all along. What has been the opening salvo from every single GOP presidential candidate? Repeal Obamacare.
The disgusting....and transparently obvious.....part of what Blunt and his bullsh*t throwers in Congress are trying to do.....is the parlaying of medieval noise-making from a few U.S. Catholic Bishops and Rick Santorum's hideous brand of theocracy for America......into a targeted punishing of all U.S. women......and then cloaking that bucket of bull by deeming it all a "matter of conscience", a matter of "religious liberty."
Good on Harry Reid for calling Blunt's bluff.....if voted upon today, Blunt's amendment will fail. If Blunt pulls the amendment.....he and his "conscientious" GOP colleagues will look even more confused and more irrelevant than they normally do.
The problem with simply throwing random cowpies at the wall....and even ignoramuses know this....sometimes ya' get some on ya'.
Right on cue, Mitt Romney has quickly taken both sides on the Blunt amendment.