His remarks Thursday echoed comments he made on Fox News Saturday saying that “to reduce women to cheap government beggars for birth control is demeaning to the women I know, who are far more complicated than their libido and the management of their reproductive system.”
Shades of El Rushbo
whose avoirdupois you and your brood (including the dog killer)
So much for stripes being “slimming.” (Those long sleeves reportedly cover KKK tattoos. But I’m not one to gossip so you didn’t hear this from me)
Rush had Sandra Fluke to complain about.
Huck’s sites are aimed at every female alive.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who was informed about Huckabee’s remarks during his regular press briefing Thursday, responded that “whoever said it – sounds offensive to me and women.”
Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement, “Mike Huckabee has no idea what he’s talking about. If this is the GOP rebrand a year later then all they’ve gotten is a year older.”
Indeed. Still Chris Cillizza of Pravda
is willing to give Hucklebuck the Benefit of the Doubt
Huckabee was not saying himself that women have uncontrollable libidos and need birth control; he was saying Democrats make women believe this so that they vote Democratic.
There are a few problems with his approach, though.
1) Huckabee’s 54-word sentence — which includes a 50-word dependent clause — was initially so confusing that several reporters thought Huckabee was attributing the “libido” idea to himself. (Now, we’re sure some Democrats think Huckabee was talking about himself, but do you really think he’s that stupid?)
Actually I think he’s a Lars Von Trier fan
2) Even as the sentence reads today, it still could sound as if Huckabee thinks certain women need to “control their libido” — though that doesn’t seem to be his intention.
IOW he’s “after the blanket”
3) The contraception issue is, quite frankly, not the GOP’s friend.
That last statement might surprise some folks, particularly on the right, who can rightly point out that some polls show a slight majority of the American people thinks religious institutions should be exempt from covering birth control.
But while polling on a federal contraception mandate varies — and depends a lot on how you ask the question — the enthusiasm is certainly on the pro-mandate side. That, and Democrats are much better at controlling the message on this issue.
A March 2012 Washington Post-ABC poll showed Americans favored mandating contraception coverage by a margin of 61-35. Those who felt strongly in favor of the mandate outnumbered those who strongly opposed it nearly two to one, 50-27.
The numbers were much closer when it asked specifically whether religious institutions should be exempted (the crux of the current debate). In that case, 49 percent thought it should be mandated, while 46 percent thought it should not. But, again, strong supporters trumped strong opponents — by around eight or nine points.
In other words, the passion is clearly more on one side of this issue, and if Democrats can define this issue along the lines of the first polling question rather than the second — the one bringing religious institutions into the mix — they’re clearly fighting a winning battle.
See how it works Huck? The majority of Americans are Whores and Pimps!
As it happens, Democrats have been quite successful at doing just that, just as they did Thursday with Huckabee. In fact, if you look at Huckabee’s comments, he made no mention of religion and contraception at all.
None of this is to say that Huckabee committed a huge gaffe that will hurt Republicans significantly going forward. But, clearly, whatever point he was trying to make was lost thanks to a poor choice of words — a cautionary tale to a party that has all too often found its members doing much the same thing (think “legitimate rape”).
Huckabee is generally one of the GOP’s most gifted messengers. If even he is falling into this kind of a rathole, that doesn’t suggest great things ahead for his party.
Ah yes, a “poor choice of words.” Including Uncle Sugar — who, thanks to President Obama, is now apparently a relative of —
Cue the Archies!