Time for Huckabee to Talk About Something He Knows

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The GOP’s “War on Women” took a turn for the worst, again. At a recent Republican National Committee meeting, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee apparently forgot that women could hear him. His controversial remarks had diehard Republicans backing away from him. The Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus led the backup chorus that included former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and House Speaker John Boehner and others.

It is rumored that there have been communication trainings designed to help Republicans talk about and talk to women. I imagine Huckabee missed those meetings.  Last week in Washington DC he said, “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that 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 the government, then so be it.”

While this isn’t the first time Huckabee has gone off the ranch, these comments were especially shocking for so many reasons.  First, similar comments sparked so much controversy in recent elections like Missouri Representative Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment or 2012 Indiana US Senate nominee Richard Mourdock who said, “Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” The assumption that women are so easily manipulated that they can be told what to do about their own bodies—is insulting. Uncle Sugar–Really?  If the federal government is Sugar Daddy then what does that make American women?  Finally, that women can’t control their libido or reproductive system without government’s help is another version of Huckabee’s varied attempts to dictate if women employees should have birth control prescriptions included in their health plans like any other preventive health prescription. And while birth control is definitely one use for birth control pills there are other medical reasons that doctors prescribe them—but that shouldn’t really matter since women are fully capable of making their own health choices.

Huckabee’s defenders say Democrats are distorting his comments, which is pretty darn difficult to do when you consider his strong support of Todd Akin after his comments or his current defense of his latest comments.  Yes, Huckabee really believes what he says and he insults women again.

As the GOP gears up to solicit women voters, remember insulting them isn’t an appealing or winning strategy.