Via the IJR, Kelly doesn’t do fact-check segments like this as a matter of routine, does she? What you’re seeing here, I think, is an eruption of singular frustration that’s been building for weeks as Democrats try to one-up each other on the most hysterical, self-serving interpretation of the Hobby Lobby ruling. Everyone understands they’re going to demagogue the decision, ignoring the religious freedom element and reducing it to the crudest possible identity-politics pageantry, and everyone understands why. That’s their GOTV script for the midterms, with only rare deviations from liberal commentators.
But this distortion was one straw too many:
“We should be afraid of this court. That five guys should start determining what contraceptions are legal or not. … It is so stunning,” Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol.Pelosi said last week’s Supreme Court ruling that the birth control mandate under President Obama’s healthcare reform law is a violation of religious freedom was particularly egregious.
“That court decision was a frightening one,” she said. “That five men should get down to the specifics of whether a woman should use a diaphragm and she should pay for it herself or her boss. It’s not her boss’s business. His business is whatever his business is. But it’s not what contraception she uses.”
I’m trying to block out what I know about the case and imagine what I would have assumed had happened if my only source of info on it was this shpiel from Pelosi. If, a la many hard-working voters, my only news consumption each day was 10 minutes during the dinner hour and this clip had suddenly appeared on my TV, what would I understand the Supreme Court’s ruling to be? I think I’d think they had banned birth control, or at least certain forms of it, and that employers had now somehow assumed the power to bar a worker from buying legal contraception that he/she could otherwise afford. That formulation of the court’s ruling is like the end of a 100-person game of “Telephone” that starts with the actual ruling. Over to you, Megyn.
Exit question: If your birth control isn’t your boss’s business, why are you asking your boss to pay for it?