• Rare agreement between left and right was reached when all agreed that last week’s hearing was a disaster. Some of the unedited CMP videos were unavailable due to a judge’s order in California, and it appeared that some GOP members were afraid that calling CMP’s founder would affect pending litigation affecting both him personally as well as his organization. It seemed that the committee was unprepared for this and floundered when seeking other lines of questioning.

    Richards’ PR strategy continues to be one of deflecting from the specific substance of the videos, attacking the source, and talking about women’s health in its broadest form. In this landscape, PPFA is a government-sanctioned monopoly that is too big to fail [community health centers and other providers would not be able to fill PPFA’s role anywhere, short term or long term, according to its defenders.]