Does anyone else get the impression that the Obama Admin and the Dems are trying (and failing) to play the “triangulation” game here?
The Administration, through HHS, puts forward an extremist and blatantly unacceptable policy. Conservatives go after it, and it starts gaining press. The Presidents “allies” (such as Pelosi) dig in and start launching rhetorical bombs from the other side.
Then the President comes forward with a reasonably-sounding “compromise” in an attempt to place himself into the middle/moderate ground between the “extremist” (note I put that in quotes) Conservatives ... and the true extremists (the Liberals in his own party)?
Yup, that is what I see as well. I am not so sure they are failing at it either.
The only way the Hussein administration gets burned is if the Catholic church in particular keeps the same level of heat on them that we saw earlier this week. I think Church won’t. I think the Obama administration is banking on this.
It’s just what you said. The administration puts forward something absolutely, obnoxiously awful. The religious groups including the Catholic church attack said policy. Obama claims to be playing the adult in the room putting forward a “balanced” approach. The Catholic church grumbles but wilts, which leaves other religious groups alone. The Republicans keep up the fight but the issue is now portrayed as the mean old GOP trying to take a woman’s new “right” to free contraception under any circumstances away. Millions of women want this new freebie, even supposedly Catholic women working for Catholic institutions, and find reasons to justify supporting Obama’s “balanced” approach. Trap is complete, Republicans look opposed to women, Obama gets his new odious policy in place.