Republican culture warring set to do them a lot of damage.
Some time around the end of February, the Senate will vote on the Blunt-Rubio amendment, which would allow insurers and employers to deny coverage for birth control or any other medical services simply on the grounds that they find them morally objectionable.
The vote was originally set for this week, but a Senate Dem leadership aide confirms to me that it will actually take place after next week’s recess, for various procedural reasons. The aide insists this will gives Dems more time to attack Republicans over the issue. “It gives us more time to build up the vote and draw more attention to the cliff Republicans are going out of their way to jump off of,” the aide says.
I’ve been speculating here that this could actually prove a good wedge issue against the GOP, in spite of the fact that much of the commentary has focused on how bad this could be for Democrats, because it could hurt them among Catholic swing voters.
I was actually going to write a longer post about exactly this before my morning went all haywire. Luckily, Sargent is likeminded enough to write most of it for me. He goes on to cite these numbers from a New York Times/CBS poll on support for the president’s compromise:
- Even Republicans support this policy, 50-44.
- Independents support it by 64-26.
- Moderates support it by 68-22.
- Women support it by 72-20.
- Catholics support it by 67-25.
- And even Catholics who attend church every week or almost every week support it by 48-43.
Further, Gallup shows that the contraception rule has had zero effect on Catholic voters’ approvals of Obama and the NYT/CBS poll Sargent cites puts Obama ahead of every GOP candidate — a poll taken after Obama detailed his compromise.
If the GOP wants to have this fight, bring it. It’s kind of suicidal.
Source: Washington Post