This Notre Dame alum blogging at The Weekly Standard says a stand-off between Obama and the Catholic bishops on the HHS mandate “may not be good for either side.”
He gives an instance, “the disastrous situation of the president sending bishops to jail for being faithful witnesses to their religious convictions.”
I’d say he’s on to something.
Later, from an informed source, an alternate scenario:
The bishops and obama go head to head — the bishops blowing steam — and Catholics (some) getting all revved up for months. Then, just before the election — a week — Obama caves on HHS and Catholics are relieved to relax and get off their soap boxes.
They watch the bishops on TV kiss and make up profusely to Obama — photo op all’round, conciliatory quotes from Obama, and it’s practically an endorsement just before casting their ballots. You know nothing would make many of these bishops happier…to be assured they’d get the rest of Obamacare initiated.
As the poor lad legendarily told Shoeless Joe, say it ain’t so.