Remember when the bishops’ fight for “religious freedom” was going to rally Catholic voters ’round Romney? Not so much:
On June 17, Obama held a slight edge over Mitt Romney among Catholics (49-47 percent), according to the Pew Research Center. Since then, Obama has surged ahead, and now leads 54-39 percent, according to a Pew poll conducted on Sept. 16.
I know this is among all Catholics, not just the all-important white, non-Hispanic Catholics. The Reagan Democrats! Maureen Dowd’s rage-aholic brother! Chris Matthews’ cranky, chronically unemployed uncle, who hates gays and hippies so much he votes to cut his own benefits, even though he loved Kennedy and FDR!
The thing is this: not many people — beyond extreme right-wingers — care, or even know, what the bishops are saying. Plenty of church-going Catholics see the bishops for misogynist, child-rape-enabling assholes that they are.