Movement conservatives, having had a pretty good November, seem to be less and less sensitive to the fact that the rest of the country does not share many of their obsessions. That is leading them to be less and less reticent in expressing views that swing voters will find weird and scary.
Kathryn Jean Lopez’s rant in defense of de-funding Planned Parenthood provides a good case study. The powers-that-be in the “Right-to-Life” movement have, for years, been somewhat discreet about their deep hostility to all forms of non-procreative sex. But now they’re starting to come out of the closet. Lopez wants the country to move away from what she calls “the contraceptive mentality.”
The more the country hears this message, the better. If Republicans really want to make the next election about whether contraception is OK, I say to them: Bring it on!