By Tom Quiner
“My generation thinks Romney and the Republicans are wrong on women’s issues.”
The thirty-something woman who said this to me over Thanksgiving voted for Mr. Romney. I tried to clarify what she meant by “women’s issues.”
She bristled when I said Democrat’s viewed human creation as a disease.
Our conversation got cut short, and I decided there was no upside to pursuing it further.
Contraception has not been a part of our political dialogue for a long while, at least not until January of this year when it became a manufactured political issue by George Stephanopoulos.
He asked Mitt Romney if states had a right to ban contraception.
He wouldn’t let go. His goal was obviously to pin Mitt Romney down into stating that, yes, states do have that Constitutional right.
Romney didn’t take the bait. You can watch the exchange above.
Nonetheless, Stephanopoulos accomplished the mission of the media: to plant the seed that somehow lurking in the recesses of dastardly Republican minds was the goal of banning contraception.
A non-issue was made into a new national issue for a single reason: to grease the skids for President Obama’s HHS Mandate that forced religious institutions to provide contraception coverage in their health insurance plans in violation of their religious conscience.
One doesn’t have to be overly cynical to suspect that Mr. Stephanopolous, a former political operative for Bill Clinton, was in the Obama loop and was setting the stage to reposition the contraception argument.
With the media carrying water for him, the HHS Mandate was transformed from a religious freedom issue to a women’s rights issue.
The Stephanopoulos maneuver is a textbook example of the bias of the MSM.
The election may have been decided by this single exchange.