Every election, if the economy is doing well, or getting better, the extremists on the right gin up some of the same issues over and over again.
The two recent culture war battles, between Planned Parenthood and the Komen Foundation, and the Catholic Church and the Obama Administration, are perfect examples.
Both attacks have a common enemy of the far-right: Planned Parenthood.
Those attacking Planned Parenthood over abortion often claim abortion services account for the majority of what Planned Parenthood does - which, as the Washington Post's Ezra Klein noted recently, is completely untrue.
For those people who've been stirring up trouble on contraception, they say the Obama Administration can't make religious organizations include coverage for birth control - except twenty-eight states already do. Most Americans are already paying for birth control, whether they like it or not. As Steve Benen points out, most Americans don't mind though, since most Americans - including most Catholics - believe that all employers should be required to provide their employees with health care that covers contraception and birth control at no cost.
Which means that neither of these two topics are serious issues on the level of creating jobs - or of a Republican Congress that wants to abort our nation's economic recovery.
We can understand why Mitt Romney and his right-wing political consultants are desperate to have Republican voters focus on anything other than Mitt Romney - or an economy that's starting to recover. As the most recent Washington Post/ABC poll points out, the more people learn about Mitt Romney, the less they like him. And that doesn't appear to be getting any better for the former Massachusetts governor:
We just hope Mitt Romney and the the rest of the right keep on talking like they have been... all the way to election day.