You've probably heard — from, like, an disaffected uncle or ukulele-playing crazy aunt — this conspiracy theory which would have us believe that Barack Obama put George Stephanopoulos up to asking the Republican candidates about their views on women's birth control options as a means of forcing Republicans into an embarrassing position.
I'll just say this: If Obama did do that, then he deserves another three terms as president solely on the grounds of him being the most evilly-brilliant genius in the history of world! Because his plan worked out better than any supervillain could have possibly dreamed…
Top Republicans are working overtime to mask palpable concern within their party over a Thursday Senate vote to roll back an Obama administration rule requiring most employers to provide workers with contraceptive coverage in their health benefits.
Yet despite a growing sense that the GOP has veered into politically dangerous territory, a full-scale retreat would embarrass the party, and alienate a powerful segment of its conservative base. And that’s left Republicans little choice but to press ahead, illustrating the dangers they'll face if election year politicking turns further from the economy toward culture war fights that voters thought were settled decades ago.
House Speaker John A. Boehner signaled on Thursday that House Republicans would continue the fight.
"I think it's important for us to win this issue," Mr. Boehner told reporters just before the Senate killed a Republican measure with a vote of 51 to 48.
Somewhere, in some fortified bunker hundreds of miles beneath the Earth's crust, President Obama and his team of insidious conspirators — Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, Barry Soe, Osama bin Laden, Barry Soetoro and long-forgotten McDonald's shamrock-themed mascot Uncle O'Grimacy – are laughing maniacally at their amazingly good fortune.
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