You have yourselves in something of a pretty pickle. While President Obama certainly harmed himself with Catholic voters thanks to his administration’s initial stance regarding contraception coverage, and while his modified stance was little better, there seems to be a feeling on the part of some on the Right that this election is all about issues pertaining to contraception coverage. As a consequence, there also seems to be a feeling on the part of various segments of the country–whose votes could be crucial in what might yet be a close election contest–that the Republican party is out of touch when it comes to the issues facing the country.
This feeling is magnified thanks to Rush Limbaugh’s decision to wage rhetorical war against Sandra Fluke. I don’t know Sandra Fluke from a bookcase, but it seems to me–and mind you, I’m just one little blogger, so take this for what it is worth–that when an ideologically polarizing radio megastar decides to take on a lone female law student, the latter will end up looking more sympathetic to the general public. President Obama certainly thinks so; his phone call to Sandra Fluke was less for the purpose of bucking her up, and more for the purpose of garnering political advantage by appearing to be on the side of the underdog. Rush Limbaugh certainly does not speak for the Republican party. He only speaks for himself. Alas, there are a great many people who are either unwilling or unable to make that kind of distinction, and so, his comments regarding Sandra Fluke–which, let’s face it, are not exactly the model of tact and diplomacy–are seen as representative of the attitude of the Republican party as a whole.
This would be a problem, given that (a) Americans identify with the underdog; and (b) for most Americans, contraception is not the most pressing of issues right now. I certainly agree that social issues are very important, and need to be debated, but with unemployment over 8% (and potentially going higher, if the Federal Reserve’s recent warnings are to be believed), with Europe going into a recession, and with the possibility that said recession may negatively affect the United States, it just might be best if the GOP did everything within its power to get off of the contraception train.
The best way to do that is to talk about the economy. After talking about the economy, it would be advisable to talk some more about the economy. Next, I suggest talking about the economy. In the course of this latter discussion concerning the economy, be sure to inject statements regarding the economy. And before completing this discussion about the economy, please see to it that you touch on issues concerning the economy.
Then, lather, rinse, and repeat.
Maybe, just maybe, this will convince Americans that the Republican party cares about the economy. And maybe, just maybe, this will convince Americans that the Republican party has a better plan to deal with the economy than do Democrats, which maybe, just maybe, will cause American voters to vote Republican in November.
Just a thought. Hope it helps.
PS: Be sure to talk about the economy.