Reid: We’re not gonna let “five white men” have the last word on Hobby Lobby
posted at 12:01 pm on July 9, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
Have we reached Peak Reid Demagoguery yet? I thought we had yesterday when Democrats signed onto Harry Reid’s Kochsteria strategy for the 2014 midterms, but we actually missed the new nadir for America’s top-ranked demagogue — but our good friend Larry O’Connor at the Free Beacon didn’t. Yesterday, when addressing the media about the Democratic strategy to undo Hobby Lobby, Reid insisted that the Senate wouldn’t let “five white men” have the last word on contraception mandates.
“The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determine by virtue of five white men,” Reid said. “This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous and we are going to do something about it. People are going to have to walk down here and vote.”
Someone‘s confused, and I’m pretty sure it isn’t this man, one of the five in the majority on the Hobby Lobby decision:
What, exactly, did race have to do with this anyway? It was a gratuitous swipe, a reflex reaction by a man so consumed by poisonous demagoguery and “vilification” that he seems to have become demented by it. It exposes just how dishonest and ignorant Reid has become during his long tenure in the US Senate.
Nonetheless, Democrats keep supporting his leadership, and will move forward with their anti-religious freedom bill today. Not only does this have no chance of passing in the House, it may not pass in the Senate either, since red-state Democrats already under fire for having voted for ObamaCare may now have to vote against religious freedom too:
The Senate bill being announced Wednesday by Murray would override the Supreme Court decision by requiring for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby to provide and pay for contraception and any other form of health coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
The bill would override the Religious Freedom Act, forcing most employers to comply with federal health-care requirements despite their religious objections. It would, however, include an exemption for houses of worship and an accommodation for religious non-profits.
Such a bill will likely face a tough pathway, even in the Democrat-controlled Senate, where several Democrats from more conservative states who face tough reelection fights will have to weigh the potential for political backlash if they support it. Other bills that would have codified major Democratic positions into law, such as paising the minimum wage and paycheck fairness, have fallen short of passage in the Senate this year.
There are currently efforts underway by House Democrats to craft a companion bill on the contraception issue, a Democratic leadership aide confirmed Tuesday, but such legislation would likely be a non-starter in the Republican-controlled lower chamber.
Yes, I’m sure the House will drop whatever it’s doing on the economy and jobs to strengthen ObamaCare. Reid wants vulnerable Democratic incumbents to vote once again to support an outcome of ObamaCare, even though it has no possibility whatsoever of passing the House and opens up another demographic — voters of faith — for stronger turnout against them in the fall.
It’s an insane strategy, one so bizarre that it alone should have Democrats wondering why they’re still listening to Harry Reid at all. Voters will be asking that question in four months, too.