Feb 19, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
For those on the outside looking in, it seems terribly bizarre considering how celebrated some of these recent economic numbers are relative to where they should otherwise be. And to be focused them on prophylactics as opposed to serious economic issues reeks of a pretty cynical play... but I hope Republicans also seize on this opportunity to talk about how it is regulations like this that is why smaller government is needed and why there needs to be a greater counter weight in both Houses and ultimately changing what I think history will regard as this failed Presidency.
At such a moment, it may seem odd to find the political class embroiled in a bitter argument about the Obama administration's determination to force Catholic institutions (and, indeed, my company and your company, if you're foolish enough still to be in business in the United States) to provide free prophylactics to its employees.
The received wisdom among media cynics is that Obama has engaged in an ingenious bit of misdirection by seizing on a pop-culture caricature of Republicans and inviting them to live up to it: Those uptight squares with the hang-ups about fornication have decided to force you to lead the same cheerless sex lives as them.