WaPo's Melinda Henneberger Not a Huge Fan of the First Amendment
See Bill McGurn's comment below. The quotation below was likely not meant to be taken literally.
As the ongoing fight between the White House and Catholic bishops finally made its way into mainstream news coverage, somebody on Hardball had to say what everyone knows really needed to be said:
Maybe the Founders were wrong to guarantee free exercise of religion in the First Amendment, but that is what they did and I don't think we have to choose here. The key is that I think there are ways we can go about this where, without infringing on any concern about a woman's health, we can still guarantee religious liberty without which, I mean, there is no way this is going to stand in the court but it's also a huge political liability.
This is, of course, an acknowledgment that this is a religious liberty issue; why argue that the mandate is First Amendment compatible when you can just bemoan the existence of the free exercise clause? Henneberger probably feels differently about the speech and press portions of the First Amendment, but maybe I shouldn't count on it. That sound you hear is me desperately trying to believe that this statement was simply sloppy rather than sincere.
This does, of course, raise the obvious question of what liberties I actually do have in the eyes of the left. Given what they think of the rest of the Constitution, I hope I can be pardoned for not being particularly optimistic when it comes to how they view the Bill of Rights.