I have spent the week campaigning around our hometown, Bluffton, Ohio (pop. 3,875). Well the way we have it figured, if we don’t carry Bluffton, we aren’t going to carry the country. (To reiterate, we’re doing this all without paid political consultants.)… Last night I wore my campaign button to a “Community Meal” at the Senior Center. During some discussion at our table, the current “contraception controversy” came up. There was concern about the complexity of the issue. I said it seemed pretty simple to me. As an “accommodation” to religious institutions, the Obama administration has shifted the burden of providing free contraception to the insurance companies. Since this will cost more for the insurance companies, they will pass on those costs to (Guess who?) the employer who is paying for the policies. That would, by the way, mean (among other employers) CATHOLIC HOSPITALS, CATHOLIC COLLEGES… Although religious views on contraception vary from denomination to denomination, Mike Huckabee said: “…this week we are all Catholic.” Note: A more basic issue: Should the government be able to do an end run around an established “Conscience Clause?” Common sense says it wouldn’t seem so in a democracy, would it? Columnist Cal Thomas wrote that this would be akin to forcing a “conscientious objector” to engage in combat, even though there’s a Conscience Clause to exempt them. It’s the same principle.