Sen. Mitch McConnell wants to get in your bedroom. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Bring on the latest salvo in the culture war: contraception. It's been a fight Republicans have actually been waging for quite a while, just a little more under-the-radar. With the exception of Rick Santorum, Republicans have not been anxious to stand up and say out loud that birth control is evil and they want to make sure women can't have it because that sounds crazy and extreme and will turn off many, many voters. But now the Catholic bishops, as well as a handful of misguided liberals
, have given them what they must think is the key to disguise their war against birth control: "religious liberty."
That's what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to sell on the Sunday shows.
"In this country the government doesn't get to tell you or your organization what your religious views are – and they could well be minority views – but the Bill of Rights is designed to protect the minority from the will of the majority," McConnell said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
"So this issue will not go away until the administration simply backs down. They don't have the authority … to tell someone in this country, or some organization in this country, what their religious beliefs are. Therein lies the problem."
He's so ready to take on this fight, he's endorsed the most extreme
idea his insane caucus could come up with: employers denying any
health care service they deem immoral. It's a warped version of "religious liberty" to say that your boss gets to decide what medical treatment you get, but I suspect the Chamber of Commerce and all of the GOP's "job creator" overlords are going to love it.
The rest of America, not so much.