|Sen. Brown (WMassP&I)|
|St. Michael’s Cathedral, Springfield
|Justice Elena Kagan (wikipedia)|
|Elizabeth Warren in W. Springfield
|Sen. Blunt of the Blunt Amdt (wikipedia)|
In fairness to Brown, he has supported the actual bill (as opposed to amendment) version of the Blunt Amendment since August, which was approximately when the contraceptive rule was first proposed. However, the president gave him an escape hatch when the revised contraception rule came out last Friday. Brown demurred and stuck to the zanier position. Brown may think he’s cannily gathering votes, but the voters he’s reaching with this are probably the blue collar white men who were already going to vote for him. The only other fathomable reasons why Brown would do this is a sincere belief in the issue (which is not one that people say “We disagree, but I like him”) or his advisers are playing generic national Republican games.