The Republican Party has had almost as much trouble courting women, lately, as an unemployed political cartoonist with the anemic social life that results from years of having practically no income (almost). This is largely due to their healthy, longstanding dedication to the He-Man Woman-Haters vote, which was amply evident in comments made by Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and current Occupier of Space on Fox News, at the January 23rd winter meeting of the Republican National Committee.
In much the same way that the pursuit and enaction of social policies designed to counteract centuries of entrenched, systemic racism makes liberals The Real Racists, Huckabee argued that laws putting insurers on the hook for birth control, like the Affordable Care Act, are proof of their authors’ disrespect for women, charging Democrats with “insult[ing] the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing… a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”
Note how even Huckabee’s own analysis robs women of their agency, claiming Democrats are MAKING them believe they are helpless, and unable to control themselves–they don’t have any choice, according to him!
As I alluded to in my previous post, I suspect this is yet another example of a Republican setting fire to a strawman constructed in his own image, or at least the image he thinks he’s supposed to convey to his audience. Like a pedophile or a rape fetishist, he simply assumes everyone secretly harbors the same ugly thoughts on the matter as he does: therefore, laws crafted by his political opponents to advance women’s rights must in fact be cynical ploys for votes, rather than expressions of genuine concern, and he can capitalize on the socially-unacceptable thoughts he KNOWS we all share by exposing them as the Democrats’ true motives!
I’m exaggerating. Somewhat. I mean, it would explain the seeming contradiction implied by the fact that Huckabee himself signed laws mandating birth control coverage when he was Governor of Arkansas.
I guess maybe he thinks the best way to win women’s approval, at this time, is to tell them they are all weak, dependent whores in the eyes of competing suitors. “Negging,” I believe this is called.