New Romney ad slams Obama over HHS contraception mandate

posted at 9:21 am on August 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This week, Barack Obama attempted to shift back to the “war on women” attack theme, adding Sandra Fluke to his campaign team and arguing that Mitt Romney would take America back to the 1950s on contraception.  Team Romney was ready for this strategy.  Today they have a new ad, “Be Not Afraid,” which accuses Obama of conducting a war on religion by forcing companies to fully fund and facilitate access to contraception — even faith-based organizations like religious schools, charities, and hospitals.  The ad makes a play for Catholic voters with references to Pope John Paul II and Lech Walesa, leveraging Romney’s recent successful visit to Poland:

National Journal notes the ad’s subtlety:

It does not explicitly say how the Affordable Care Act forces religious institutions to “go against their faith,” but cites a news article headlined “Obama Insurance Decision Declares War on Religion.” The article, from a February issue of the San Antonio Express News, is an opinion piece that criticizes the Obama administration’s efforts to require religiously-affiliated institutions to cover birth control.

“Romney believes that is wrong,” a voice-over says as the spot cuts to images of Romney giving a speech in Warsaw, Poland, this summer. Quoting former Pope John Paul II, he says “be not afraid.”

Text on the screen then reads “Endorsed by Lech Walesa,” the former President of Poland.

As I’ve noted on a number of occasions, no one has ever proposed making contraception more difficult to obtain.  No one has even suggested cutting back Title X funding for the federal program which subsidizes and distributes contraception for the poor.  Forcing employers to provide it for free even when it violates their religious practice is the actual issue, especially for religious organizations.  It’s an unprecedented intrusion into religious expression to solve a huge non-problem.

I’d call this ad a good response, with great timing, to Obama’s attempt to reheat the “war on women” meme that flopped so badly in May.


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I like seeing those F- ‘s from Del. And the occasional A+. Heh.

22044 on August 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

..he used to award an occasional X- or Z- or otherwise alter the bottom end of the Dolemontian Curve for the truly stupid troll remarks. Recently, he has retreated to the more conventional. It is a very funny gambit.

Besides, there’s this way of attributing ABSOLUTE FAIL to these ninnies.

The War Planner on August 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Why can’t you nanny state right wingers stay the heck out of people’s bedrooms?
Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

You can’t be that stupid.

Apparently you are just attempting to collect nods of approval from stupid people.

Akzed on August 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM

He knows not of what he speaks either, Akzed
Who wants to be in anyone else´s bedroom?
(I mean besides fans of a certain “alternative lifestyle”?)
Bizarre Trolls – Nothing more, but a whole lot less intellectually.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Trafalgar on August 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I agree.
Let’s not fall into one of the left’s idiotic misconceptions: if you disagree, you’re a hate filled bigot, etc etc etc.
(that extreme either/or stance).
Just because Mitt’s not getting into the gutter, does NOT mean he’s the second McLame.
Patience … WISDOM isn’t always instantly recognizible, but it sure can be deadly to the opponent.

pambi on August 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

You are right they don’t because he’s not a GOP primary opponent. But if he were the gloves would definitely come off. Yay Mitt.

bgibbs1000 on August 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Primaries are over. Why don’t you ask Hillary Clinton about the civility Obama showed in primary contests. Bottom line, that is a different type of race. Not that facts seem to be interfering with your Romney hate. Just STFU already. We all get it, you want Ron Paul for whatever reason known but to your squirrel brain. But this constant negative hatred really does get old.

Happy Nomad on August 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Just because Mitt’s not getting into the gutter, does NOT mean he’s the second McLame.
Patience … WISDOM isn’t always instantly recognizible, but it sure can be deadly to the opponent.

pambi on August 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Let’s also recognize something else the Romney-haters ignore. The 2012 election is not the 2008 election. This time there is an incumbent and he’s done a miserable job. The luster is off the Obama as a post-partisan figure. The drive to name schools and stuff after him has all but dried up along with the economic opportunity and jobs.

Obama can be defeated on his record without trading low blow for low blow. I just want his spokespeople to be a tad more media savvy than to respond to “Romney killed my wife” with a policy answer.

Happy Nomad on August 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Just STFU already.

Happy Nomad on August 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Another Romney supporter, showing how different they are from an Obama supporter.

MadisonConservative on August 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

OT and for those trolls who delighted in the “bump” their Pantload POTUS got from his whatever this past week: Romney 47% Prince of Darkness 43% in the Raz DT.

Suck rocks, trolls!

The War Planner on August 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

He knows not of what he speaks either, Akzed
Who wants to be in anyone else´s bedroom?
(I mean besides fans of a certain “alternative lifestyle”?)

Karl Magnus on August 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

..too funny!

The War Planner on August 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

That’s a good ad, finally Romney is hitting Obama in one of the places where he needs to be hit.

Axion on August 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I like seeing those F- ‘s from Del. And the occasional A+. Heh.

22044 on August 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

..he used to award an occasional X- or Z- or otherwise alter the bottom end of the Dolemontian Curve for the truly stupid troll remarks. Recently, he has retreated to the more conventional. It is a very funny gambit.

Besides, there’s this way of attributing ABSOLUTE FAIL to these ninnies.

The War Planner on August 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I rarely hand out the X and Z grades. But I do hand out Incompletes as well.

Del Dolemonte on August 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Ed said:

As I’ve noted on a number of occasions, no one has ever proposed making contraception more difficult to obtain. No one has even suggested cutting back Title X funding for the federal program which subsidizes and distributes contraception for the poor.

When is Romney going to say this in an ad? This is the real picture being painted by Team ‘O’.

Just simply say:
1. I will not take away your ability to obtain contraception.
2. I also will not take away the right of religious faith’s to practice their belief.
3. I do not believe that the American tax payer should have to pay for their neighbor’s contraception.

Team ‘O’ is fighting the fight per issue #1.
In this ad, Team ‘R’ is fighting the fight on issue #2.

Team ‘O’ will win the fight on issue #1 with low information, young, single women unless Team ‘R’ debunks issue #1.

Carnac on August 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Yet this liar and hypocrite will host Obama fundraiser, having just a few days ago lamented the topic of this thread.

I hate them all. They’re all pretenders.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Yet this liar and hypocrite will host Obama fundraiser, having just a few days ago lamented the topic of this thread.

I hate them all. They’re all pretenders.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Consider me thoroughly disgusted with Cardinal Dolan.

In a language he should understand;
the context of which he has apparently forgotten:

Deus iudex erit finis.

Carnac on August 9, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

It certainly seems that Cardinal Dolan is talking out of both sides of his mouth, inasmuch as he did not invite John Kerry, Bill Clinton, G. W. Bush or Bob Dole, but invited Obama and McCain in 2008.

Who knows why or where the pressure is coming from? Is it the Cardinal’s idea alone or is he being subtly “persuaded” to invite Obama and Romney?

As a Catholic myself, it’s continually disheartening to witness our cardinals and bishops — who are supposed to be the leaders here — cave to presumed political pressure from the Chicago thugs. This is just a gut feeling, mind you. I would hope that there is no “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” going on with the Cardinal.

I really wish all of the USCCB would try a little harder — or at all — to emulate the late Pope John Paul II and employ the methods he did to overcome the communists in Poland. He was proof that it could be done and done successfully.

PatriotGal2257 on August 9, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Is this a real TV ad or pointless web ad?

gumbyandpokey on August 9, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Web ads are no longer pointless. Facebook alone will surpass 1 billion members this month. Imagine the impact if a few of us link it on our FB page, you know, like I just did.

hillsoftx on August 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Putting political ads online has become a way of testing the effectiveness of an ad. If it works, then you spend the big bucks putting it on network TV. Big bonus if the internet version gets into the news feeds and gets free TV play on the network news.

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Consider me thoroughly disgusted with Cardinal Dolan.

In a language he should understand;
the context of which he has apparently forgotten:

Deus iudex erit finis.

Carnac on August 9, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I think I need a new word

MelonCollie on August 9, 2012 at 4:38 PM

for ‘you’re awesome’.

(stupid computer!)

MelonCollie on August 9, 2012 at 4:38 PM

pointless web ad?

gumbyandpokey on August 9, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Heh. More proof of its idiocy.

What’s youtube?
-gumbyandpokey
/

CW on August 9, 2012 at 10:22 PM

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