Radical Social Agenda Killing GOP
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
March 12, 2012 10:10 AM | 2261 views | 2 2 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Contraception is and always has been a thorny social issue, especially for Catholics and politicians. So it was puzzling when Catholic politician Rick Santorum made birth control a campaign issue.

By stupidly stumbling into the contraception mine field, Santorum discovered why, over the decades, his GOP predecessors wisely steered clear of this highly personal, emotionally charged discussion best left to women, their partners and, if necessary, the clergy.

It all began with an Obama administration directive to Catholic institutions doing business in the secular world that said women must not be denied contraception under health insurance programs offered by these institutions. Because Catholic teaching forbids the use of birth control, a firestorm ensued stoked mainly by the far right media and Republican presidential candidates who fallaciously charged the president with waging a “war on religion.”

Enter Sandra Fluke, a Methodist student attending the Jesuit Georgetown University law school. She testified before a congressional committee expressing her gratitude for the new regulation. Fluke cited the financial burden students and other women at Catholic institutions shoulder in having to pay for a healthcare benefit typically covered by health insurance plans.

The episode was over. Or so we thought until Rush Limbaugh decided to weigh in.

Limbaugh vilely bullied Fluke on the air, calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” In the predictable uproar that followed, Limbaugh continued his vicious attacks on the 30-year-old. Not until his sponsors began leaving did Limbaugh finally blink, issuing a tepid apology, claiming Democrats made him do it.

"Against my own instincts, against my own knowledge, against everything I know to be right and wrong I descended to their level when I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke,” declared Limbaugh on the air. “That was my error. I became like them, and I feel very badly about that."

More troubling than Limbaugh’s cowardly attack and bogus apology, however, is the deafening silence from the GOP presidential candidates and conservative leaders in Congress.

Most all have daughters or granddaughters but none has condemned Limbaugh’s cowardly assault on Fluke, no doubt because they’re afraid to earn the wrath of the unofficial leader of the conservative wing of their party.

Instead, the GOP has earned the wrath of a far more important constituency: women.    

Not only are women voters of all stripes lining up behind Obama in 2012, women also think Democrats should take control of Congress by a margin of 51 to 36 percent, according to a new poll done by Democrat Peter Hart and Republican Bill McInturff.

Having already angered and alienated Latinos, gays, conservative Democrats, moderate Republicans, union workers, young people, African Americans and many other voting blocks, Republicans seem intent on adding women to the list.

“It’s devastating,” a well known Republican strategist told the Washington Post. “I don’t think it’s going away.”

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Kevin Foley
March 13, 2012
Thanks for your thoughtful, insightful commentary Mr. Dunaway. Well done, sir.

As it happens I agree with most Americans that our country needs two viable, healthy parties that keep the extremists on the fringes. That way America's interests are best served because we facilitate compromise and agreeable disagreement.

Robert Dunaway
March 12, 2012
Let me help this guy with at least one comment.

Yo, Bubba, you aren't fooling anyone. You hate conservatives and Republicans and if Rush were really killing the GOP, you would sit down, shut up and hope for the best. As it is, you feel the need to be noticed by doing what Huffington Post tells you and spewing leftie drool. And showing us your advanced high school politcal thinking.

There. You have a post.
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