Steven D. Greydanus spells it out:
Sure enough, in a press conference this afternoon, press secretary Jay Carney reaffirmed Obama’s commitment to the HHS mandate as it stands, though he declined to comment on whether the president would override a veto promised by Republican leadership.
We are committed, the president is committed, to ensuring that woman have access to contraception without any extra cost, regardless of where they work.
So, there you have it. When Axelrod says “we need to lower our voices,” he doesn’t mean “both sides,” It’s a soft version of “Shut up, he explained.”
This is a game.
And in this game, the administration is Lucy, and the churches are Charlie Brown.
And freedom of religion is the football:
David Axelrod, who serves as a top adviser to Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program that the president would “look for a way” to address the vocal opposition from Catholic groups who say the rule forces them to violate their religious beliefs against contraception.
“We certainly don’t want to abridge anyone’s religious freedoms, so we’re going to look for a way to move forward that both provides women with the preventative care that they need and respects the prerogatives of religious institutions,” Mr. Axelrod said.
When people shake their heads “no” even as they’re appearing to say “yes,” I’m always a little concerned.
As someone said in the comments section here:
“If [Obama backs off] his assault on Catholics before November, and helps Obama get elected to a second term, do you honestly think this won’t come roaring back at us?”
Oh, I expect if Obama gets a second term, we in short order won’t recognize ourselves.
UPDATE: Dwight Longenecker is thinking about the “preventive” narrative
The only thing both forms of “health service” prevent is human life.
What is so creepy about all this is that the pro abortion people put out the word that this was simply about “choice”. Women should have the opportunity to choose to end their pregnancy with abortion. Now, not only do they have the choice, but I have to pay for their choice. Not much choice for me I guess.
After we all come to pay for abortion what other “preventative care” will be mandated? I know. The tests have shown that the child in the womb has Downs Syndrome, or mental retardation or maybe just a cleft lip. Let’s provide “Preventative Care” and terminate his life so he won’t have so much suffering. It’s happening in the UK and Europe already.
What about the poor woman who is pregnant and the child will be born into poverty? Let’s provide “Preventative care” so the kid won’t have to live a life of poverty. For that matter let’s provide “Preventative Care” to all the poor people in Africa so they won’t have to endure poverty either.
Allahpundit: Obama is scaring Chris Matthews
By the way, if anyone is keeping score, the Army is saying it made a mistake in blocking the Bishop’s HHS Statement to the troops.
And some are using the memorare to keep it that way.
Also, this looks interesting but I haven’t read it yet!