The thing about multi-billionaires is they are1) unelectable and 2) more powerful than a modest sized country. That’s a bad combination already, assuming one appreciates democracy anyway. But Santorum financier zillionaire Foster Friess adds another concern: there’s just too many toadies willing to adore their invisible robes, they have no way to know when they’re being utter fools. In the words of MC Hawking, check it:
TPM — “I am absolutely stunned how the Democrats were able to somehow say that the Republicans had a war on women. … What was the war on women? They tried convince that somehow Santorum was going to do this, that Republicans were against contraception,” he said. “Hugh Hefner said, this guy Friess wants to reverse the sexual revolution. Well, I have four kids. They’re two years apart. And contraception’s been very, very good to me.”Friess smiled as the reporters in the room laughed.
“And so how the Democrats got away with this, I think, is another indication of a flaw of the Republicans. No one confronted that. No one confronted that and said this is a bald-faced demagoguery. But a lot of the women out there, they, you know, they were, I guess — what’s the proper word I want to use — seduced — that this a war on women.”
So after professing complete ignorance on why people might object to the GOP line on contraception, he then finishes with this, wherein he not only answers his own question, he’s not aware that he has done so:
“That message,” said Friess, “took advantage of all the low-information women voters out there who just follow Joy Behar, and had no idea that Rick Santorum — and Mother Theresa — believe that contraception goes against the Bible’s teaching.”
Mr Friess, since you must be surrounded by toadies who won’t point the obvious out, I will: there’s no need to be stunned, it’s so simple. Voters do know that some conservative fundamentalists object to birth control and other personal choices for religious reasons. Fundamentalists are loud as shit about it, they won’t shut the fuck up, they scream it and write it and live it 24/7. That’s precisely why you lost the ‘war on women’.
Now try to follow along: most Americans, including most women, do not like over zealous religious fundamentalists sticking their pious nose into personal matters like reproductive choices and health care decisions. Most Americans — including fundamentalists — abhor people forcing their religious believe onto voters who do not share them. It’s terribly, demonstrably, universally unpopular in modern America and throughout the developed world. And yet, at every opportunity, throughout the 2012 election season and beyond, conservative politicians reinforced that perception and re-pledged their fealty to unpopular ideas, and they did so on camera to wildly applauding conservative audiences. Nobody outside of the fundamentalist movement and the conservative caucus that harnesses it likes these fundy assholes. NO ONE. That’s how democrats ‘got away’ with it.
Reads that last part as many times as it takes to sneak this empircal fact past your logic firewall and into your wetdrive.