Politics from Washington to Ohio

Monday, March 05, 2012

Jake Tapper, ABC senior White House correspondent, and Jo Ingles, statehouse news reporter for Ohio Public Radio and TV, dig deeper into the GOP race in Ohio ahead of Tuesday's primary in the state.

Comments [23]

Leo Glickman from Brooklyn

Richmond has in fact been "hipster" certified.

Mar. 06 2012 11:24 AM

kook board

Mar. 05 2012 01:35 PM
John A.

I did a little research into the Sandra Fluke testimony - apparently she said contraceptives could cost $80/month ($3K/3 years) for "some" students (not necessarily herself). One source put the cost of pills for the uninsured at more like $10/month. So likely Limbaugh heard an interceding pundit guess that the difference might go to a large quantity of condoms.
What Limbaugh did with it was still unacceptable to the max, but anyway...

Mar. 05 2012 11:01 AM

Major difference between Rushbo and Bill M: Limbaugh directly influences or sets GOP politics and politicians. Maher reflects and at times pokes fun at Democratic politics/politicians.

Mar. 05 2012 10:49 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Comparing the right wing fat slob (Limbaugh) and the left wing wise-ass little runt (Maher) is right on! Both are political comedians, and while I agree Maher is wittier, he's equally absurd nonetheless. But both ARE political comedians.

Mar. 05 2012 10:41 AM

CheezeleWhiz... SNORE!!

Mar. 05 2012 10:38 AM

hmi from Park Slope~

The problem, hmi, is the difference between Bill Maher and the Circus Clown, is that Maher never claimed and is NEVER perceived to be anything but an entertainer... a COMEDIAN.

The Circus Clown, for some reason RUNS the GOP™ and is perceived by a dim-witted constituency as some kind of policy wonk.

This... THIS is why he/it's so F*d UP!!!

Mar. 05 2012 10:36 AM

Rush Limbaugh: Bloated, drug-addled circus clown.

The scary thing is the GOP™ BOWS to this circus clown.

RL has more control over the GOP™ than anyone actually elected to office...

Think about is CheezleWhiz.

Mar. 05 2012 10:28 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I am strongly against abortion, but have no moral objections to contraception, but am against taxpayers funding it, whether it be for Viagra or for women's birth control measures. I'd make an exception for prophylactics. If the poor can't pay for contraceptives, there are many willing to adopt unwanted children. It should be public policy to encourage, not discourage, a steady NATIVE birthrate and not a radically declining one.

Mar. 05 2012 10:28 AM
cynthia from office

Except that these medications are not strictly for birth control. While 98% of women may be using them 98% are not using them for birth control. And if you charge lets say $50 as a co-pay its is $600 per year (simple math folks) then bust out retail is going to be more. And I am sorry that was no apology from Rush - he was just sorry that he chose the wrong words- not the underlying sentiment and we are ready to excuse him cause hey he says outrageous things - I seem to recall we (the public) took Imus to task about him remarks and he went to the team and apologized so why the double standard.(his comments were wrong as well and this does not mean he should have let off the hook as an answer to how we respond to Rush) - he should have the same high standard apply - When are out leaders going to LEAD and say when something that is wrong IS JUST WRONG.

Mar. 05 2012 10:27 AM
Max from Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

I know you've moved past the Rush Limbaugh thing, but I must object to the characterization of Fluke's testimony and of the underlying issue with Limbaugh's "commentary" on it made by Mr. Tapper. The issue with Limbaugh calling Ms. Fluke a "slut" is that her testimony had almost nothing to do with sexually-oriented uses of birth control. But for an oblique reference to sexual use by one married couple, all of the content of her speech was about cost and about medical uses such as PCOS, which birth control is the only treatment for. When severe, like in the story told in Ms. Fluke's testimony, when untreated, this can cause the development of large cysts on the ovaries, sometimes requiring removal and thus infertility.

For Limbaugh, and in fact for the entire GOP, to distort birth control use as strictly sexually-oriented is flatly incorrect and disingenuous. To dismiss pressing women's health issues totally unrelated to sex and reproduction is what is so frustrating, leaving aside either side of the argument about reproductive rights.

Mar. 05 2012 10:26 AM
steven from Manhattan

It is common knowledge that birth control pills have many medical purposes beyond birth control. Viagra has only one purpose. The Ohio bill to regulate Viagra and force men to undergo the same humiliating and unnecessary process to get it is BRILLIANT -- as only when you threaten to take away men's full control over their bodies and compromise men's perceived phallic dominance will we ever get to the point of equality for women, and women's control over their bodies and rights...

Mar. 05 2012 10:26 AM

please oh please

why is this not obvious to all.

The "insurance / birth control" debate is about employee pay not about religion.

Company X hires employee A

as part of employee A payment she is provided with with healthcare / insurance.

this healthcare / insurance is payment.

the employer has no right to restrict how an employee uses her earned income or payment be it cash or services provided in lieu of cash payments.

WTF with this non debate..

Mar. 05 2012 10:25 AM

JT from LI ~

Oh; SNAP!!

Mar. 05 2012 10:24 AM

Jake Tapper stated that Ms Fluke's testimony was factually incorrect -- that BC could cost $1200/year might be an exaggeration -- and that's what was upsetting people (Repulicans). I've been following this pretty closely and this is the first I've heard that her testimony was suspect. Would someone please fact check this.

Mar. 05 2012 10:23 AM
Zuwena from Manhattan

Jake Tapper's explanation on Fluke was a waste--very disappointing. Why is it so difficult to understand that women's contraception pills are used to treat medical conditions. Is that any different from men getting viagra and several other medications I see advertised that are covered by Medicare? Why doesn't the media get real and ask the right questions of the politicians that will enhance the learning experience for the constituencies? The media, as represented here, are doing a poor job.

Mar. 05 2012 10:22 AM
Bob from Westchester, NY

If you want to fact-check, how about fact-checking Rush Limbaugh's apparent belief that the number of birth control bills a woman takes is related to how often she has sex? This ignorance of basic biology is from a public commentator is frightening.

Mar. 05 2012 10:22 AM
hmi from Park Slope

Bad, bad Limbaugh. Maher, not so much. Double standard? Triple standard?

"the grand pooh-bah of media misogyny is without a doubt Bill Maher—who also happens to be a favorite of liberals—who has given $1 million to President Obama’s super PAC. Maher has called Palin a “dumb twat” and dropped the C-word in describing the former Alaska governor. He called Palin and Congresswoman Bachmann “boobs” and “two bimbos.” He said of the former vice-presidential candidate, “She is not a mean girl. She is a crazy girl with mean ideas.” He recently made a joke about Rick Santorum’s wife using a vibrator. Imagine now the same joke during the 2008 primary with Michelle Obama’s name in it, and tell me that he would still have a job."

Mar. 05 2012 10:22 AM
Joyce from NYC

re: covering medically prescribed contraception (and medicallly prescribed is the really operative concept) But if viagra is covered, don't women need some protection from men walking around with 4 hour giant erctions pointed at us?

Mar. 05 2012 10:21 AM
JT from LI

@Martin Chuzzlewit
You seem to listen to this "waste of precious air time" a lot.

Mar. 05 2012 10:20 AM
John Weber from NJ

Limbaugh's comments prove that he does not even know how contraception works.

He said these college women are having so much sex they are going broke paying for birth control. Again - basic misunderstanding of how it works and what the pill actually does. Meanwhile his Viagra is covered by insurance.

Mar. 05 2012 10:18 AM

This may be redundant...

Rush Limbaugh is a FAT SLOB!

Mar. 05 2012 10:17 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan're kidding, right?

Yet another stupid waste of a show on the same inside politics....nobody will remember this latest repetitive drivel by about, oh, say 12:30PM. By the way, what do you care about Monday since the staff and the listening audience here largely hates Republicans anyway?

Hey....why not a segment on pinning down Barry Obama on exactly what HE plans to do in his second term? Why not some investigative journalism by WNYC to discover what our President is actually thinking about for all of us benighted, unenlightened rubes in the next four years? We don't know because he doesn't hold press conferences or say anything beyond the shouting to crowds that "I'm with you." You could ask him why his Energy Secretary WANTS higher gasoline prices (to force us Luddites to conserve resources) while a million barrels a day from Canada is being held up by Obama at the border.
What a waste of precious air time.

Mar. 05 2012 09:43 AM

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