The GOP was pushing for the Blunt amendment, which would permit employers to opt out of anything in the Obama healthcare bill that they don’t like. Now that the Dems have re-framed the issue as being about contraception, Repubs are trying to back away.
“GOP operatives are especially glum about the public perception that this battle could create. ‘Republicans being against sex is not good,’ the veteran Republican strategist Alex Castellanos told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. ‘Sex is popular.’ ”