Ok, I’m going to run really quick through some extremely divisive social politics. First, Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri tried to kill the Obama Administration’s controversial rule requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of contraception (this is the so-called Blunt Amendment, which failed).
Then former Republican Governor Linda Lingle, who is running (as a moderate) for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democratic Senator Daniel Akaka, announced that Blunt would appear as a “Special Guest” at a fundraiser she would hold today (Mar. 6) in Washington, D.C. (click here for a Honolulu Civil Beat blog on the fundraiser).
Then EMILY’s List, the powerful pro-choice political action committee, sent out this press release smacking Lingle upside the head:
“Linda Lingle’s days of pretending to be a moderate are over,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “She may still be dodging questions about whether she supports right-wing Senator Blunt’s infamous proposal to give your boss control of your health care coverage, but she’s telling Hawai’i everything they need to know by highlighting Blunt’s support for her campaign at a Washington DC fundraiser. Let me be clear – in their zeal to deny women access to birth control, Republicans have threatened the health care of every man, woman, and child in Hawai’i by literally placing your medical decisions in the hands of your boss. If your boss thought childhood vaccinations were wrong, he would not have to cover them under Blunt’s proposal. If your boss thought unmarried women shouldn’t have babies, he could deny their maternity care coverage. It’s nothing short of stunning for Linda Lingle to publicly embrace Roy Blunt just days after his radical amendment was defeated in the Senate. And Hawai’i is definitely watching.”
As for all this turns out, stay tuned for the November elections.