Here’s an important pro-tip for aspiring doctrinaire liberal politicians deciding to demagogue on the White House’s recent attack on freedom of conscience: know your territory. Yes, Massachusetts is a Blue State. It’s also a very Catholic one (somewhere around 44%, in fact). And – because of simple self interest, really* – Scott Brown has long been a champion of conscience exemptions for Catholic hospitals. Why, in 2009 he explicitly wrote to the Pope himself to avow that “I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health care field and will continue to advocate for it…”
Oh, wait, no, that was Ted Kennedy. Brilliant move on Elizabeth Warren’s part, there: by calling Brown’s identical position ‘extreme’ she’s just managed to urinate on the memory of the man who her own party considers to be the patron saint of Obamacare. No wonder she couldn’t get confirmed: it’s entirely possible that the woman wasn’t even sure which part of the Capitol building she was supposed to testify in…
PS: Another pro-tip: if Martha Coakley thought that something was a winning strategy, it’s probably… not.
*Any pro-choice Republican that wants any kind of support from the national party at all had better be for a conscience exemption.