Here is how NBC’s Kasie Hunt described comments made by former Gov. Mike Huckabee at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting on January 23:
Huckabee: Women "helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them … birth control because they cannot control their libido"
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) January 23, 2014
And here is what Huckabee actually said (video here) – the opposite of what Hunt said he said:
Women I know are outraged that the Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication. Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that anyone else can do.
Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a war on them. It’s a war for them. And 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. Let us take that discussion all across America, because women are far more than Democrats have played them to be. And women across America need to stand up and say, “Enough of that nonsense.”
Huckabee was dispensing obvious truth, that women are far more than the simple sexual objects Democrats view them as. He was also saying in so many words that women have a lot more important concerns than government handouts of contraceptives.
But liberaland has piled on, including Cosmo…
… following by venerable twerkster Miley Cyrus:
hey @Cosmopolitan I'm just sitting around unable to control my "libido" & my "reproductive system". WBU? How's your Friday?
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) January 24, 2014
S. E. Cupp called it on CNN’s The Situation Room:
I’ve got to say that I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. It is so 100% clear that Mike Huckabee was talking about the Democratic treatment towards women and not his own feeling or the Republican Party’s feeling about women.
I have never seen lazier, more intellectually dishonest analysis of this moment than I have today. I mean, it’s shocking to me. It is clear what Mike Huckabee’s intention was here.
Show me a poll where “government subsidy of contraceptives” ranks as even a blip as a priority of America’s women, particularly the poor. How insulting.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards claims Republicans want to take us back to the 1950s.
If that’s so, Democrats want to take us back to the 1800s, when women were diagnosed with hysteria if their libidos weren’t satisfied, when a woman’s unquenched sexual appetite was the cause of all her problems.
No, what women want from the government is what men want – safe neighborhoods, good schools, low unemployment, national security, and a strong economy.
But Mike Huckabee was right. Democrats instead give them contraceptives and abortion – so they won’t become hysterical about all the failings of the political party currently running the country?