As the GOP doubles down on Catholic dogma concerning birth control in their reflexive dickishness, the question becomes: Did Obama just throw down some 11 dimensional chess?
Did Obama skillfully maneuver the GOP into advocating a 17th century position on human sexuality?
I think no.
I think we're seeing the importance of temperament and disposition on each side. Obama wanted to do something that had been fairly uncontroversial for years. The GOP/Bishops freaked out about it. He made a stab at compromise while still keeping what was really important while sacrificing optimal "messaging".
The GOP/Bishops double down.
This is why I think Obama wins. He really is the only adult in the room.