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The Obama-Onan ticket and the seminal issue of the presidential race

Obama-Biden 2012? How about an Obama-Onan ticket?

No, Onan isn’t some hot new pol. He was slain by God about 3,700 years ago after committing an act of contraception.

Now that Obama has mandated insurance companies pay for contraception, Onan is essentially part of the president’s reelection campaign as Republicans — particularly those in Florida — have made the requirement a strategic political issue.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is sponsoring legislation to repeal the Obama-ception rule. Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry said it was anti-free market. And Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi penned a letter with 11 colleagues from other states to “vigorously oppose it in court.”

“Not only is the proposed contraceptive coverage mandate for religious employers bad policy, it is unconstitutional,” Bondi and others wrote, warning that “sterilization and related services” would also be covered. “It conflicts with the most basic elements of the freedoms of religion, speech, and association, as provided under the First Amendment..”

But, liberals say, Republicans are picking the wrong fight and are overreaching.

“I can hardly believe our luck that Republicans want to litigate birth control at the polls,” Markos Moulitsas, one of the most-progressive voices of the blogosphere, tweeted last week. “The best part about this birth control debate is that Republicans think they’re actually winning it.”

Polling indicates both sides might be right because survey responses partly depend on how an issue is framed or asked.

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