There’s been a lot of outrage regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell. Now it’s possible that decision could backfire on Republicans, especially going into the midterm elections. MSNBC‘s White House correspondent Chuck Todd noted that conservatives like to use losses in the Supreme Court as their reason for existing. In a midterm year like this, a loss in the Supreme Court would give them something to campaign for. But with the Hobby Lobby case going in their favor, now Democrats have something to campaign for, while Republicans celebrate.
Todd also mentioned that a particularly critical demographic, which is white women that are 40 to 55 years-old, might be the difference between the two parties. These women aren’t leaning Republican like they were in 2010, said Todd. The Hobby Lobby decision could push them toward voting Democratic instead. Many races are already very close, and these women could mean the difference between the Democrats keeping the Senate and Republicans taking over.
Republicans are spinning the Hobby Lobby decision as both a victory for religious freedom, and for the ongoing fight against Obamacare. The Wall Street Journal reports that the religious freedom aspect of the case will likely resonate with Southern voters, who are more evangelical, and have a higher rate of church attendance, than anywhere in the country. They don’t take the war on women as seriously as people in bluer, less religious, parts of the country.
The main question appears to be, which argument is stronger? The religious liberty argument, or the war on women argument? One thing to keep in mind about the way Republicans see religious liberty is that, if a Muslim family owned Hobby Lobby, and the Supreme Court still took the case and still ruled the way they did, these same Republicans who are hailing religious liberty right now would instead be crying about how it’s a dark day in America when the highest court in the land allows a for-profit company’s owners to impose their religion on their workers. In fact, that would probably be true of any religion other than Christianity.
But another thing to keep in mind is just how many women will realize that this decision is singling out women for being women. While ultimately, the end result is the same (women still get their birth control, provided their employers deign to sign the opt-out paperwork), it’s still making the problem out to be women. This is not something that would likely ever be a problem for any unique healthcare needs of men.
Since birth control treats actual medical conditions, including helping protect women on hormone replacement from uterine cancer, will this demographic—white women ages 40 to 55—recognize that the religious right considers them a problem? That because they’re women, religious liberty trumps their healthcare where it would probably never trump a man’s? That’s where the danger for Republicans could be this November.
Watch Chuck Todd explain how SCOTUS’ Hobby Lobby decision could backfire on the GOP.
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