John discusses Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin’s slightly misguided explication of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision here. According to Durbin, the Supreme Court had gone into business banning certain contraceptives. John cited Ed Whelan’s devastating critique of Durbin’s explication.
John questions Durbin’s intelligence, but I think this is a bit unfair. Durbin is simply doing his job, disseminating Democratic Party talking points that seek to rile up the low-information voters who do so much to keep Democrats in power. Here, for example, is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterating Durbin’s falsehood with a feeling that simulated real emotion:
“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.”
In the video below, Megyn Kelly unloads on Pelosi and includes a clip of Pelosi reciting the talking points.
The formidable Ms. Kelly even seems to have extracted a concession from Pelosi. The following night, in response to Kelly’s withering commentary, a Pelosi spokesman allowed that Pelosi had “misspoke.”
And yet, Ms. Kelly was not satisfied (video below). “She misspoke? What part? When she said five guys were determining what forms of contraception are legal?… Give me a break,” Ms. Kelly asked, and then observed: “One of the marks of a real leader is owning up to one’s mistakes. Oh yeah, honesty helps a lot too.”
The formidable Ms. Kelly has rendered a valuable public service on this point, as well as some assistance in my anger management therapy. A tip of the hat to her.
Via Allahpundit/Hot Air.