I suspect the number of intelligent things Al Franken has said can be counted on one hand, and one of them is the title of his book, "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot."
Obama handed the Republican's a lay-up with the HHS decision on birth control. The Republicans could have first portrayed this as a violation of religious freedom. Then they could have pointed to the decision as the inevitable consequence of Obamacare and asked, what next will the government demand you do and what next will the government demand you can't have. Because if the law says an insurance company or employer is required to provide something, certainly it can prevent an employer or insurance company to not provide certain services. Heck, they could have shifted the debate by invoking death panels again, and as proof it was possible by pointing to this decision.
But no, too many Republicans and that big fat idiot focused on the one aspect of the decision that is guaranteed to resonate least with independents and guaranteed to turn the stomachs of a vast majority of Americans. Roe v Wade is settled and will not change. People will use birth control, that is settled and will not change. Why are we even talking about this when there are such larger issues to focus on?