We learned yesterday that President Obama has bumped Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, to deliver the 2012 commencement address at Barnard College, a liberal women's college based in Manhattan. Anyone care to guess what the president will be talking about?
The New York Times, apparently happy to take one for the team, clears up the mystery:
Word of Mr. Obama’s appearance at Barnard, a 123-year-old women’s college in New York City, comes as the White House and Democrats have seized on Republican attempts to block a requirement for contraception coverage in the new health care law, saying it amounts to a “war on women.”
Democrats believe the issue could be an effective rallying point with women voters in a presidential election year, and the decision to appear at the prestigious women’s school could provide a high-profile forum for the president on that front.
Got that? Blocking a violation of the 1st amendment to the US Constitution and thereby maintaining the status quo with respect to contraception is a "war on women."
Now the Alinskyites and their media chorus are attempting to personalize the issue by opening another front in their never-ending war on Limbaugh.
As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, this diversion by the president is a try for an electorally critical twofer: 1) diverting attention from the still-dismal economy and skyrocketing national debt, while 2) reigniting enthusiasm for Hope and Change among disillusioned unmarried women, a critical Obama voting bloc that has lately gone wobbly.
Will the president succeed?