Ed’s impassioned post against the president’s decision that health plans, including Catholic ones, have to offer birth control has one weakness: As I pointed out Tuesday, his party’s battered, but still likeliest nominee, had the same policy as governor of Massachusetts.

Ed does a good job in stripping away some of the Democrats’ rational arguments for the proposal and gets to the emotional heart. Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of women, especially, and Catholics, particularly, favor the use and distribution of birth control, Obama’s policy looks coercive. Force and religion should never be in the same sentence, let alone in a political construct.

So Ed could be right. This could be a good Republican issue, especially if Gingrich or Santorum is the nominee. But that would be a high price to pay to keep this issue alive.