If your inbox is anything like mine you probably have a plethora of outraged emails from politicians, pundits, and people of no particular persuasion expressing their dismay over the recent congressional hearing on contraception. I alluded to it in a post a couple of days ago regarding the conservative right’s flailing in desperation to remain relevant in the face of growing unpopularity. Perhaps you’ve seen the picture on the right.
A couple of these ‘experts’ are in religious robes which I suppose makes this an episode of Father Knows Best. But not one single woman is on the panel. And the one woman who was to testify before the panel was denied television coverage. However, the outrage over her censorship prompted Minority Leader Pelosi to give Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke plenty of rebuttal airtime.
Congressman Darrell Issa’s panel was meant to illustrate an attack on religious freedom by the Obama administration but it has backfired; rather badly. Leader Pelosi and several other people in my inbox have pounced on the Congressman Issa’s bad judgement. The war on religion has quickly turned into the war on women’s reproductive rights. Even conservative and former MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan says the Republicans are over-reaching. Of course, Issa isn’t the only conservative to try to rally the troops around this poorly constructed Trojan horse. Rick Santorum has been brandishing the topic out on the campaign trail.
I don’t know if Republicans have done the math but they’ve managed in a very short period of time to alienate women, gays, and most Latinos. According to my back of the envelope calculations, if you include the rest of the population that tends to vote Democratic, that’s almost 3/4 of the population. One does not need to be a political strategist to know that a strategy of fear-mongering, misinformation, and religious menacing is not going to be a winning strategy in an election year.
Taking on women’s reproductive right without their input was the height of arrogance. I would argue that women have proven to be more reasonable policy makers than men. Perhaps we need a little more estrogen in Congress. I look at that picture above and all I see are a bunch of dicks.
- Contraception Controversy Continues: Meet Sandra Fluke (abcnews.go.com)
- Pelosi hits GOP at contraception hearing (thehill.com)
- GOP: Women’s Testimony At Contracpetion Hearing Won’t Be Televised (thinkprogress.org)