Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- I wonder, as we begin 2013 and look forward to four more years of this insufferable poseur in the White House, where Sandra Fluke might be. Miss Fluke is the lady who made birth control a matter of national security, in particular her own personal supply of pills and God knows what else. Prior to her appearance on the national scene I always thought it was a male's responsibility to supply condoms, as the occasion warranted. Yet Miss Fluke enlightened me. Actually she never told us what she used these items for. I suppose I am jumping to conclusions. She might be an artiste, and they may be part of her palette. There are all sorts of things birth control devices can be used for. At any rate, she brought birth control to the fore in American presidential elections at least four decades after they became a fixture in America. In that respect she made history.

Prior to Miss Fluke's public campaign for birth control, those who follow national politics had believed that elections revolved around the economy. But in 2012 we had an economy in a feeble condition. After four years in the White House, President Barack Obama presided over the weakest recovery from a recession on record. He had given Keynesian economics a bad name, even with many Keynesians. He had enlarged the federal government to almost 25 percent of GDP, from its traditional size of 18 or 19 percent. He was running deficits of a trillion dollars a year and promised them for years to come.

He won his election against a governor from Massachusetts who had turned that state's economy around despite Democratic dominance of both houses. Mr. Obama's opponent, governor Mitt Romney, presented himself as a turn-around candidate who had turned-around companies in the private sector, the 2002 winter Olympics and Massachusetts. He vowed to turn around America. Yet he was not going to do anything about raising taxes on the hated 2 percent. Nor was he going to do anything to secure Miss Fluke's birth control devices. Actually Miss Fluke became the poster girl for indignant women everywhere and the term "birth control" became a code word for all manner of birth control devices, including abortion. So this is serious. Mr. Romney lost the women's vote, the black vote, the Latino vote and the stupid student-aged vote. I say stupid student-age vote because these lunkheads are going to be paying for my Social Security and other entitlements for years to come. They will most likely never know the prosperity of today's middle class.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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