Thursday, February 09, 2012

Circus Maximus Extremus

The dimensions of Mitt Richie Richney's defeats Tuesday became clearer on Wednesday, and they are big tent circus size.  He not only lost the total contests in Missouri and Minnesota (where he is supported by former Governor Tim Palenta), he lost every county in both states.  He lost in Colorado with 35% of the vote, where he won in 2008 with 60% of the vote.  And turnout was significantly down.

So Wednesday Rick Sanctimonious was in church talking up one of his big issues--he's against birth control.  Not just certain forms of birth control, or the government or insurance companies or employers paying for birth control, or birth control for minors,  He's against birth control.  And because he is against birth control on moral and religious grounds, he wants laws against it.

This is a nation where 99% of the women use birth control, including 98% of Catholic women (for whom it is technically a sin each time they use it, inviting eternal hellfire.)  These are not hyperbolic estimates--these are polling stats.  And here's another: 53% of the votes cast in 2008 were cast by women.   And although I expect the Obama Administration to at least try to find a formula acceptable to the Catholic Church hierarchy, their interpretation that all hospitals etc. including those run by religious institutions serving the general public are required to cover contraceptives in health care plans for employees is also supported by a majority of women, including Catholic women.

Meanwhile, in the ongoing circus called Congress, GOPers are getting themselves in a fight with themselves on this issue, but more to the point, they are again playing political games with the middle class tax cut extension.  After all the claims that they just wanted to get it done, once again they can't get it together.

Hardly surprising then that Congressional approval is at 11%.  Oh, wait, that's an outdated poll number.  It's not 11% anymore.  It's 10%.  When asked in another poll, 43% agreed that a Congress comprised of members selected at random from telephone books would do a better job.  An additional 19% "weren't sure."

No comments: