The Catholic outrage could cost Obama the election. But Obama doesn’t believe it will or he would not have taken the stance he did. If there is one thing the President knows well, it is the art of agitation, how to create it, how to use it as a tool for accomplishing an objective and even how to deal with it if it turns negative to your cause. The role of a community organizer could be summed up in three words – agitate, intimidate, mediate. You remember, do you not, that in the primaries for 2008, Obama cited his organizing experience as a reason why Democrats should choose him over Hillary Clinton. Politics is his profession; agitation is his method; don’t sell him short.
The Catholic demographic is heavily comprised of white middle class traditional, Truman/JFK style Democrats. They are the tradesman, the small business entrepreneurs, the salt-of-the-earth people, proud to be American and proud of their self sufficiency and loyal to their church. This demographic, once a stalwart of the Democratic Party, has been migrating away in recent decades.
To voters, politics is all about choosing the best people to govern them. To a politician, politics is all about strategy and strategies are subject to change over time. Last November, the New York Times wrote:
For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.
“The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, ‘To Hell with you!’ There is no other way to put it. To Hell with your religious beliefs. To Hell with your religious liberty. To Hell with your freedom of conscience.”
The far left has always felt contempt for the church, any church. With the advent of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid trinity the Democratic Party’s policies and tactics are those of the far left. A great many of the Democrat electorate have not yet realized that their party has left them. This is a wake-up call for the Catholic Church.