I ask this (1) as somebody who has a strong dislike for Mike Huckabee, and (2) rhetorically, as he committed no real offense.
The supposed transgression was so subtle that David Gregory could not express it with any precision when questioning Rand Paul on Meet the Press, choosing only to play the clip, and then ask, “Is this helpful?”
Not satisfied with Senator Paul’s response, Gregory followed up, “My question, about whether you think it’s appropriate for the party, key figures in the party, to be talking about women, women’s health, women’s bodies, and the role of the federal government related to those things?”
Whoa, whoa, WHOA! So Republicans are not even allowed to broach the subject of the federal role in matters of women’s heath?!? When did this rule go into effect?
So there’s this highly controversial –frankly, unconstitutional on many dimensions– federal mandate forcing all Americans into insurance policies that, in part, pay for abortifacient drugs regardless of their religious (or secular) objections, and Republicans are just not supposed to express any opinions on the absurdity of the matter.
Yeah, that makes all the sense in the world.
I defend Huckabee in this despite my strong dislike for him. He’s not particularly conservative from a fiscal perspective, and has no qualms about launching demagogic attacks on those darned greedy Wall Street folks who have the nerve to call him out on it. Perhaps more important to the issue at hand, he’s a complete hypocrite, having signed a sort of birth control coverage mandate as Governor.
But in the context of recent events, he has committed no crime except to use the word “libido” in a sentence that was more than six words long, and thus impossible for a journalist to parse. Ace and Allah have taken a stab at why his suggestions concerning women’s libidos, even though he was attributing the thought to the Democrats, betrayed a judgmental attitude about recreational sex. There is almost something to this, but Huck continued, “…because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government…” A more complete reading of the sentence diminishes this interpretation.
I think, having been caught with their pants down, the media has determined to find some fault with what was said. What you’re seeing here is a bunch of wagon-circling and butt covering.
[Related post: My send-up of the Sandra Fluke controversy from March of 2012.]