There are certain issues that transcend the latest news. They get into you, into your being, and stay there for a long, long while.
This Republican assault on women who use birth control is one such issue. Come November women are going to be walking toward the voting booth, some of them still undecided, 'til they remember where the Republican party stood on them.
"Does he care about people like me?" That old question, that's the one that will come tumbling back when it's time for the independent voter to make her choice. Does this guy know what I'm facing in the world and is he ready to stand by me?
Think about how you're going to make that last-minute decision come December. If you're a woman, and you have second thoughts, you'll be asking, I assume, which candidate gets it about your circumstances - as either a single or married woman - and what you need to do to protect yourself.
We know where Obama stands. He's with you. He's proven that in this long, often heated, discussion about health insurance and its coverage of birth control. So what about Romney or who-ever gets the nomination?
Okay, we know where Santorum stands - he said it would be perfectly constitutional for a state to ban birth control entirely. As for Romney? When he got asked about the birth control issue this week, his first answer was smart:
"I'm not for the bill. But look, the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a women, husband and wife, I'm not going there.
Then he went back to the party line - and said he was with those who wanted to let employers drop coverage of birth control is they believed it was immoral to practice birth control.
And what, pray tell, has Romney said about Rush Limbaugh, who said what he did about that young woman who made the case for birth control coverage? After two days of this, he had yet to say. Interesting.
You know we've been waiting for months for the "leaders" of the Republican party to get involved in this presidential selection. We now, at least know who the top leader is. Looks like it's Limbaugh. It certainly isn't Romney.