ROBERTS: I mean, that's what they did with Hilary Rosen. You know, they were instantly out there disassociating themselves from her. But what Maher does and what Rosen did, even though I know -- certainly know that you're just talking on television and sometimes you say things...
STEPHANOPOULOS: ... she wishes it would have come out a different way.
ROBERTS: We've all done it. We've all done it. But -- but the fact is, is that it plays into an image of the Democrats as this out of -- out of touch with regular people and -- and elitist and kind of snooty (ph).
VANDEN HEUVEL: But to pick up on what Cokie says, I think these discussions about Bill Maher and the Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney, much of that plays into a view that our politics are failing to deal with the massive deep-seeded problems this country has, whether it's, how do you send your kid to college or how do you not get evicted from your home? Or why do have inequality akin to Egypt's?
I think that's -- people talk about the elites. There are people in this country who are looking perhaps at us right now on this roundtable and saying, you're not connecting to my problems or my life. Let's get with it. Forget Bill Maher.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So just ignore it completely...
VANDEN HEUVEL: No, but don't let it dominate a media cycle in the ways -- now, again, things move so quickly now, there's no domination.
VANDEN HEUVEL: ... let real issues dominate the media.
ROBERTS: And this -- and this women thing, the thing about women at home and women out of the home, it for some reason just always gets people going. And...
VANDEN HEUVEL: Link it to the real lives of women...
VANDEN HEUVEL: ... equal pay. We didn't talk about access to contraception, which has been a central issue of this election in important ways, I think.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you think it will be by November?
VANDEN HEUVEL: Access to contraception? I do. I do.
MADDEN: I think that the contraception issue, even -- even in the context of a Republican primary, I think one of the reasons maybe women judge that contest somewhat harshly was because it's not central to their concern about what they want to see Washington discuss and -- and -- and our leaders discuss. So I think, again, that's why I think Governor Romney is very focused on talking about the economic issues that are driving household decisions every single day.
ROBERTS: ... exactly the same on so-called women's issues.
BARNES: I think it goes -- this issue of contraception goes to the reality of women's lives. It is a question of -- is my senator or my president or my governor or my employer going to tell me how to run my life? And how do I make decisions for myself or with my spouse, with my partner about my family? And those, in essence, are economic decisions.
VANDEN HEUVEL: And related to women's health care.
GIGOT: Nobody is talking -- nobody is talking about denying contraception.
GIGOT: That's the basic fact of this case. And then there is a religious liberty on the other side. I hate to bring this up; I know it's a difficult subject for the White House. But it's true. And you see it with the Catholic bishops and their concerns.
So we've debated this. I don't think it's going to go away. This is going to -- this debate will go right to November.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Right to November...