It's hard to believe that the GOP has become so isolated from the American mainstream that they could not find and would not allow a single woman to testify in the Issa hearings today on contraception and religious freedom for Catholic bishops and the small minority of American Catholics who don't agree with birth control on grounds of conscience. [Correction: the committee ultimately heard testimony from two women. Apologies.] I know the GOP doesn't want the debate to be about birth control, even though it obviously is at least in part, but seriously. They couldn't even find a Catholic woman to make the case that this isn't about abortion? Or do any actually exist? And they excluded a Catholic woman representing the majority Catholic view that Obama's compromise was acceptable as a reasonable balance?
Whatever else this is, it is not good p.r.:
And then to hand the Democrats an opportunity for a walk-out that would only make the issue – especially in TV soundbites – more about contraception than religious liberty? It's political and p.r. malpractice. My view that this is the wedge issue that will finally hurt the GOP has not been disproven today, has it?
Added to Santorum's chief financial backer's simply staggering and disgustingly sexist recommendation that the only birth control a woman should have is crossing her legs – with the implication that straight men have no responsibility for the matter – and we have really returned to the 1950s, as TPM has pointed out. But that's who they are now backing: Santorum, the man who wants gays back in the closet and women in their 1950s reproductive place: beneath men without a condom, and denied an abortion thereafter.
Hence in part, perhaps, Obama's growing popularity among single women, as Greg Sargent notes:
After unmarried women dropped off for Dems in 2010 and were slow to return to the Dem fold in 2011, Obama is now approaching the 70 percent he won among them in 2008.
He beats Romney now among single women by 65 -30. Only two months ago, it was 54 – 37. Now imagine what the margin would be if Santorum were the nominee.