Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for January 24, 2014
Remember when people thought Mike Huckabee was a nice guy, and not some crazy extremist? All those appearances on the Daily Show, all genial and smiley. Civil. Well, it appears that ship has sailed:
During his speech, Huckabee also likened Obamacare’s expanded contraception coverage to a sugar daddy. Democrats want women to think “they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government,” he said. Republicans, by contrast, want to “empower them to be something other than victims of their gender.”
It’s a ridiculous statement by Huckabee. Remarkable in how it shows what Huckabee thinks about women, and how he tries to hide it. Here’s Ed Kilgore at Political Animal translating for us:
Let’s get this straight: Republicans are fighting for the empowerment of women by telling them Uncle Sugar should keep them from having abortions, using birth control methods that some religious leaders (unlike medical and scientific experts) have deemed “abortifacients,” and asking for equal pay as a right, not a request. A ban on abortion and curbs on birth control, moreover, empower women to control their libidos, which are clearly a threat to public order, not to mention Old Testament patriarchy.
Or, as Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo says:
Shorter Huckabite GOP: Dems r the real sexists because they don’t believe women can rise above their inner slutdom.— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm)January 24, 2014
So what this all boils down to is that Mike Huckabee is scared of female sexuality, which goes right along with his fear of homosexuality.
Oh, and a hypocrite too— someone pointed out to me on the Asshole of the Day Facebook page that Huckabee once jammed out with Ted Nugent. They performed Cat Scratch Fever (video), which we’re pretty sure has to do with female libido. But I guess that’s OK because, well, the 2nd Amendment and racism is important too.
And finally, he’s fundraising off it already:
Not only is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee ® not apologizing for saying Democrats think women can’t control their reproductive system without the help of the government, he’s fundraising off those comments.
“I am apparently the worst conservative ever or at least the most annoying one according to the left wingers in Washington today,” Huckabee wrote in his regular MikeHuckabee.com email to supporters Thursday night. “My remarks to the RNC today were immediately jumped on and blown sky high by hand-wringing, card carrying liberals from coast to coast, some of them in the media.”
This follows the GOP pattern of
- Be an asshole.
- Fundraise off response by the non-asshole population claiming persecution.
Trent Franks did this with his rape comments. Remember this? He said, “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy is very low.” But 30,000 women get pregnant by rape each year, which most people would say isn’t very low. But it didn’t matter because within 24 hours he was already fundraising on it.
By contrast, Mike Huckabee only took 5 hours to start asking for donations. And, that is why Mike Huckabee is Asshole of the Day.
It is Mike Huckabee’s third time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for calling Lara Logan a hero for her Benghazi story AFTER the story had been completely discredited and saying Muslims come out of a mosque “like uncorked animals”.
Full story: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/01/23/3199081/huckabee-women-libido/ along with http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/huckabee-doubles-down-on-women-can-t-control-libidos-comment and http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_01/hucks_back048752.php
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