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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Catholic-Bash May Be O's Undoing

Jack Kemp

Noted Catholic journalist and author George Marlin analyzes the potential political backlash to Obama's attempting to force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions and sterizations, etc. This is a very realistic article combining a discussion of faith and vote counting. Below are the link and some detailed information highlights.

The Obama administration caused a firestorm late last month. Ignoring conscience objections of religious leaders, it ordered Catholic schools, hospitals and charities to amendtheir health-care plans by Aug. 30, 2013to include birth-control services (among them abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures)or be subject to millions of dollars in fines and penalties. This may lead to political disaster in several key battleground states for the president.


It could cost Obama the election.Key swing states that will determine the 2012 winner — Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida — have large populations of church-going Catholics who are not happy with Obama’s ideologically driven directive.
Obama carried all seven states in 2008, when Republican nominee John McCain won 173 electoral votes, 97 shy of the 270 needed to win. This year, the seven will account for 110 votes in the Electoral College. If just 5 percent to 10 percent of the Catholic vote shifts to the Republican in these battleground states, Obama loses.

Far-fetched? Absolutely not. All seven states have been trending Republican and 2010 exit polls showed that many Catholics, who in 2008 stayed home or voted for Obama, turned out to punish Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections.


George J. Marlin is the author of “The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact.” An earlier version of this article appeared at

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