Category Archives: Debate

Keep the ball rollin’ . . .

And the media tries its best, as illustrated by just a few stats on the performance by CNN’s Candy Crowley, moderator of last night’s second presidential debate:

So there ya go–the media at its finest, keepin’ the Obama election ball rollin’ along.

Keep the ball rollin’
Keep the ball rollin’
The name of the game is love…

USCCB responds to inaccurate statement of fact on HHS mandate

Whoops, guess the Catholic bishops are not too happy about Vice President Biden’s dissembling during the debate last night (although, strangely, they don’t say who said this–trying to be politically neutral? Hey, a fact’s a fact: Biden said it, he needs to own it):

Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”

This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.

HHS has proposed an additional “accommodation” for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as “non-exempt.” That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation “to pay for contraception” and “to be a vehicle to get contraception.” They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.

USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.

For more details, please see USCCB’s regulatory comments filed on May 15 regarding the proposed “accommodation”:

Check it out.

The VP debate: The partisan divide

Just a sampling of comments from facebook friends on their perception of last night’s vice-presidential debate (comments made both during and after debate). Do we just see what we want to see?

Obama supporter (OS): Joe is kicking Eddie Munster’s ASS!!!

Romney supporter (RS): It bugs me that Biden keeps calling Ryan “my friend.” I find him as fake as his hair implants and fake smile. I’ve had enough. Bye Bye Biden!!!

OS: Ya got him on the ropes Joe. Take ‘im down.

RS: It is embarrassing to think [Biden] is our Vice President. Hopefully not for much longer.

OS: I hope Barack is taking some notes tonight. THIS is how you put the liars’ feet to the fire in a debate. Style AND Substance. Yes indeed.

RS: Here’s why Ryan won this debate. Not that it will matter on Monday, but for the next few days, this is what undecided voters will replay in their heads. Watch the clip.

RS: What’s the takeaway going to be? Cranky Uncle Joe is rude to polite young man, or noted idiot lies about not voting for Iraq and Afghanistan wars?

Actually, I think Michael Barone says it best:

The instant polls: CNBC had it Ryan 56%-36%, CBS Biden 50%-31%, CNN Ryan 48%-44%, AP Ryan 51%-43%. Not nearly as one-sided as the instant responses to the first presidential debate in Denver. My sense: Biden pumped up partisan Democrats, but failed to win over the voters who are taking a serious look at Romney at a point when he is up in national polls.

Although note that the AP poll figures may be incorrect.