Peggy Noonan: Obama “awakened a sleeping giant”

Fellow Bearing Drifter Brian Schoeneman linked to a column by Peggy Noonan in his post about Obama, Catholics and Tim Kaine, but I thought her column was so blistering that it warranted excerpts here.

Peggy Noonan, columnist and renowned Reagan speechwriter, savaged President Obama in a recent column regarding his insistence on forcing the Catholic Church to support contraception.

The president signed off on a Health and Human Services ruling that says that under ObamaCare, Catholic institutions—including charities, hospitals and schools—will be required by law, for the first time ever, to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures. If they do not, they will face ruinous fines in the millions of dollars. Or they can always go out of business.

In other words, the Catholic Church was told this week that its institutions can’t be Catholic anymore.

Noonan says Obama’s anti-Catholic tyranny may just be enough to cost him the Presidency.

There are 77.7 million Catholics in the United States. In 2008 they made up 27% of the electorate, about 35 million people. Mr. Obama carried the Catholic vote, 54% to 45%. They helped him win.

They won’t this year. And guess where a lot of Catholics live? In the battleground states.

There was no reason to pick this fight. It reflects political incompetence on a scale so great as to make Mitt Romney’s gaffes a little bitty thing.

There was nothing for the president to gain, except, perhaps, the pleasure of making a great church bow to him.

WOW! I can almost hear the Gipper saying those words.

No splitting hairs there. Did Obama just cost himself Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey?

When the Virginian-Pilot criticizes Obama, you know he’s in trouble.

In order to respect the protections afforded religious institutions by the Constitution, the Obama administration needs to reverse its position. (Pilot)

Well, not quite the same punch as Peggy, but I’ll take it.

Is anyone supporting Obama?

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