Right or Wrong, Rush Opened Up A Huge Can of Worms...
If my Facebook news feed could be considered a barometer (and I don't see why it shouldn't considering I have 936,473 best friends), Rush's comments have opened up a whole new line of attack against conservatives that is being taken up by a whole new generation of ignorants. As someone who grew up thinking abortion was a personal choice of right or wrong, I can tell you that its legality is never really called into question, and repealing Roe never really considered a realistic possibility. Roe is an old issue that few feel comfortable, or feel the need to defend. It's the law of the land and that means there really aren't any more boogeymen associated with it.
But as of the last couple weeks, the narrative implies that conservatives are anti-birth control. Those arguing this position can now use the argument that they are using birth control to prevent an unplanned pregnancy from occurring, an act of responsibility in their eyes. The folks arguing this have no clue on the deeper issues involved. All they know is they can charge the Right as seeing anyone who uses birth control as being sluts. And so we have walked into a trap.
If John Yoo is right, and the requirement to provide contraception is struck down by the Supreme Court, then we may well see the rebirth of a new "get your hands off my body" movement. The Left will have their social issue for the next generation. And the Right will have another deeply inaccurate projection of itself with which to deal and to clean up.
All because one person with a very loud voice called an opportunistic political operative with sinister intentions and constitutional ignorance a slut.
The issue is silly, stupid, frustrating and infuriating. It ignores the real issues at hand and can be read and misinterpreted by the mostly naive citizenry who only hear, "GOP Against Birth Control!" We lost control of the conversation and now have to be in response mode.