The media is always attacking GOP candidates with unfair "gotcha" questions, like "Name a Supreme Court justice," "Tell us the last book you read" or "count to three."
But according to Fox News' Andrea Tantaros, there's a vile new trick question this election season. Apparently, reporters want to know where the candidates stand on outlawing birth control…
"This question about contraception, this is the new media 'gotcha' question, right? They're bombarding Rick Santorum with this question, and I would encourge the GOP candidates not to take the bait on this.
"The Supreme Court already ruled on this in Griswold vs. Connecticut. They said that states can't do this, and that's what the candidates should say. But, really, George Stephanopoulos asking about contraception when we still have high unemployment? It's absolutely ridiculous."
The question of whether states can ban contraception is absurd! Contraception's working just fine, and the matter was already settled by the Supreme Court in 1965's Griswold v. Connecticut. Sure, Griswold established the infamous "right of privacy" that formed the basis of conservative bête-noire Roe v. Wade, and questioning the validity of Griswold serves as a dog-whistle to the pro-life Republican base. But it's just such a ridiculous question!
And no one's even trying to outlaw birth control these days anyway, except for Colorado, Mississippi and the half-dozen other states trying to push through embryonic "personhood" laws. The candidates shouldn't be forced to answer silly little questions that could actually impact the health of millions of women.
Let's just return to asking politicians about their favorite
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