Back on the contraception front, two stray thoughts vex me.
1. Did Obama need this fight in order to re-bond with the anti-religious left? Maybe his evolution on endorsing gay marriage has been deferred until after the election, so he needed to establish his anti-church cred with this.
2. We write of Missing Persons - in the tick-tock about the decision-making process on the contraception rule and the narrow religious exemption, we hear about Kathleen Sebelius, Melody Barnes, and Valerie Jarrett,all of whom have obvious roles to play based ontheir position in the org chart.
But nowhere do we learn whether a woman who once pulled down $300,000 per year to advise a hospital on public health issues chimed in on this debate. Given her background, why wouldn't she? (And does anyone doubt where she would come out?)