The idiotic Right is determined to win the election for Obama. As most know by now Mr. R. Limbaugh called Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a “slut” because of her remarks to Congress on Georgetown’s policy of not covering contraception.
Obama promptly phoned her to show support. Clear to anyone who reads this blog, I’m no Obama fan. Nor do I care much if Obama truly felt any sympathy for Fluke. I suspect he didn’t. Fluke’s an adult, she testified before Congress, she can handle the blow back – or ought to be able to. That said, it was damn good politics on Obama’s part to call her.
Limbaugh and his ilk – Santorum comes to mind – have fallen into the most obvious of traps. The ongoing conversation about contraception was locked, loaded, and then unloaded on the Republicans, starting in early January when Stephanopoulos asked that bizarre question of Mitt Romney. Savvy GOP partisans should have seen this past month coming the moment Stephanopoulos pushed the follow-up question so hard. Apparently, there are no politically savvy Republicans left. Many Right wingers dashed in front of the Axelrod rifle with the glee of Mardi Gras drunks. They continue to run about asking, no – demanding – to be blown to bits.
I must admit to admiration for the Obama machine. What didn’t work with Occupy in the Fall – which could have been a much better set up for Obama’s class conflict meme – has worked masterfully with contraception. I’d not blame any moderate swing voter if she felt repulsion observing the Right Wing of the GOP and by default, Obama hopes, with the entire Republican Party. Any good politician in Obama’s shoes would have phoned Fluke and made damn sure the media knew about it. He’s adding to his lead among women in every news cycle now. And gassy chumps like Limbaugh are playing along like cheap…uh….
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