More and more ground troops are flowing into Pennsylvania and outside groups are pitching in to flip the state red. Regular readers of this blog know I don’t delve into the social side of politics much, if ever, but Obama’s HHS mandate infringing on religious liberty was a fairly offensive act. Quite honestly I didn’t believe the critics when I first heard what they claimed Obama was doing. The tactical side of my brain said he can’t be that dumb or arrogant to pick such an outrageous fight with the Catholic Church and other religious institutions. Boy was I wrong. And his culture wars convention and campaign ads have doubled down on his lies of what he is trying to do as well as the complaints of his opposition. His campaign may think they needed to stoke the fires of his base but I sense he will disaffect more fence-sitters than he will inspire on his own side which can be the difference in some tight states.
According to Politico’s Morning score:
Convinced Pennsylvania is winnable for Romney, the conservative Catholic Association is digging into reserve funds and launching an effort to contact 584,000 Catholic voters ID’d in Pennsylvania as undecided or soft Obama/soft Romney. They have phone numbers for all of them and email addresses for about half. They will be phoned four times and emailed at least six times between now and next Tuesday. The theme for all avenues of communication in the Keystone State: ‘Obama has gone too far. Even Mother Teresa’s charity fails his religious test.’ Here’s the postcard that’s going out:
Here is an excerpted version of the back so you can (hopefully) read the text: