The Third Post in the “Oh My Achin Head” Series: Mike Huckabee on Democrats, Women, Uncle Sugar, Birth Control, and Female Libidos

Mike Huckabee - CopyBy ELAINE MAGLIARO

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, 2008 Republican presidential candidate, ordained minister, guitarist, author, and Fox News commentator made news this week because of comments that he made at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting. While speaking to the audience, Huckabee suggested that Republicans should take “a more combative attitude toward winning the votes of women, by emphasizing that women aren’t weaklings in need of help from the government.” He said, “I think it’s time Republicans no longer accept listening to the Democrats talk about a ‘war on women.’ The fact is the Republicans don’t have a war on women, they have a war for women, to empower them to be something other than victims of their gender.”

Here’s what Mr. Dimples said that really caught media attention—and more than a soupçon of ridicule:

“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 government then so be it! Let us take that discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be.”

Dave Weigel, a political reporter for Slate pointed out that the former governor had made similar comments on his Sunday Fox show recently. Here’s what Huckabee said:

The ridiculous claim that a pro-life position is a “war on women” is an insult to the millions of women who make extraordinary sacrifices for their children.

For Democrats to reduce women to beggars for cheap government funded birth control is demeaning to the women that I know who are far more complicated than their libido and the management of their reproductive system.

Women I know also have brains and they use them creatively and effectively and they can manage everything from a business to a household.

Aviva Shen also noted at ThinkProgress that this is not the first time that Huckabee has made offensive comments regarding women. She wrote:

While these comments have sparked fresh outrage, the former governor has been blithely offending women for most of his career. In the past, he’s speculated that women have trouble multitasking during their periods and passionately supported former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) after the failed Senate candidate claimed victims of “legitimate rape” can’t get pregnant. He has also specifically endorsed the belief that “wives graciously submit to their husband’s sacrificial leadership.”

Ah, another prominent Republican male going about trying to win the hearts and minds of the weaker sex.

A note to all the libidinous ladies who reside in the land of Uncle Sugar: Mike Hucakbee is considering another run for the presidency in 2016. Be still my lady parts!


Mike Huckabee: Giving Women Birth Control Coverage Assumes They Can’t Control Their Sex Drives (ThinkProgress)

Huckabee: Dems think women can’t control their libido (Washington Post)

What The Huck? A Brief History Of GOPers Talking Women And Birth Control (Talking Points Memo)

Huckabee: Gov’t Shouldn’t Help Women Who Can’t Control Libidos (Talking Points Memo)

Mike Huckabee: Democrats Want Women to Think “They Can’t Control Their Libido” (Slate)

Huckabee: Real power for a woman is to give life not take it (Fox News)

Mike Huckabee steps in it on birth control; fits with Tom Cotton’s anti-woman politics (Arkansas Blog)

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37 Responses to The Third Post in the “Oh My Achin Head” Series: Mike Huckabee on Democrats, Women, Uncle Sugar, Birth Control, and Female Libidos

  1. I was rendered nearly speechless, when I first heard this clip. But I got a greater shock when I looked at his page at all the comments from women in agreement with him. I will never understand women who can loathe themselves so thoroughly that they can support this misogynist.

  2. elainemag46 says:


    They must be Stepford wives.

  3. Russell says:

    I heard this on the news and then read the article…. I will say that it was probably one of the more idiotic things uttered from this mans lips….

    The man has no clue except for what he says his bible tells him so….

  4. I need to watch that again. I’d forgotten how truly creepy it was.

  5. Blouise says:

    “war for women” … Are you kidding me Mikey? We don’t need or want you to fight for us. We know how to fight for ourselves. Now be a good boy and have another snack.

  6. Oro Lee says:

    ” . . .ordained [Southern Baptist] minister . . .”

    Southern Baptists pretty much knocked all the religion out of me except for Christman.

  7. Tony C. says:

    Ugh. Or half-hearted hooray, I guess. He won’t win, but he will garner votes, and force the final candidate to tilt towards Huckabee to prevent Huckabee from winning, and the soundbites from that tilt will contribute to their final loss. Say it again, Hucksteree. Say it lots of times. Get 20% of the Repugnant behind you. Out of my hearing range, if at all possible.

  8. Elaine M. says:

    This is interesting:

    Mike Huckabee Makes Epic Flip-Flop On Birth Control Coverage
    The Huffington Post
    By Laura Bassett Posted: 01/24/2014

    Before Republican talk show host Mike Huckabee considered President Barack Obama’s contraception coverage mandate an insult to women, he had signed a very similar mandate into law while serving as governor of Arkansas.

    Huckabee signed state legislation in 2005 that required all health insurance plans providing prescription drug coverage to cover contraceptive drugs and devices as well. According to the Arkansas Times, Huckabee’s exemption for religious organizations was actually narrower than the exemption in the Affordable Care Act:

    But like the original federal regulation proposed by Obama, the Arkansas law did not exempt church-affiliated hospitals and universities. It exempts only “religious employers” that are nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is “the inculcation of religious values,” and primarily employ people who share the same religion, a standard few Catholic hospitals meet.

    Obama’s law requires most employers and insurers to cover contraception in their plans, but it carves out an exemption for religious schools, hospitals and nonprofits in addition to churches.

  9. elainemag46 says:

    The Craziest Republican Statements On Women
    By Laura Matthews
    January 24 2014

  10. elainemag46 says:

    Mike Huckabee Is Officially the World’s Biggest A**hole
    Chez Pazienza
    January 23, 2014

    What the Republicans really need to convince women that they’re not retrograde white men out to trample their sexual and reproductive freedom is strong words from a guy who believes that wives should submit completely to their husbands because the Bible says so…

    It would be easy to criticize Huckabee for saying something so jaw-droppingly offensive and backward, but really why bother? The reality is that every time one of these asshole Republican Neanderthals opens his mouth to spout off about anything involving women, it’s time to pass the popcorn and listen closely for the sound of the Democrats doing ecstatic backflips down their office halls. Honestly, if Huckabee doesn’t get a fruit basket from the DNC, somebody there is just lacking in initiative and imagination.

  11. elainemag46 says:

    The GOP’s War on Women is Alive and Well
    By Susan Milligan
    January 24, 2014

    Read the stories about violence against women coming out of India, and you feel like you’re reading about a culture in another century, in some backwards, primitive country instead of in the world’s largest democracy. There seems to be an almost daily report of a brutal rape against a woman, either a female traveler (like the Danish tourist, recently) or a local Indian woman on a bus – but in pretty much all cases, women who dared to go out without a man escorting them.

    On Thursday, it was reported that a woman was gang-raped by 13 men under the order of a local tribal council. She was being punished for falling in love with a man from a different religion, and the rape was a way to not only destroy any relationship she could have with a man, but to remind her, and all women, that they must live under men’s rules and religious dictates.

    That sort of thing doesn’t happen here. But similar attitudes are on display, albeit in a tamer way. Witness the two GOP politicians of late who have resurrected what they say is a religious directive that women “submit” to their husbands. As the Washington Post reports, Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., writes in his memoir that while he does not see his wife as inferior to him (and that she should be involved in major decisions), he agrees that the man should be in charge in the marriage, writing:

    The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice. The husband’s part is to show up during the times of deep stress, take the leadership role and be accountable for the outcome, blaming no one else.

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, then, gave a speech at a Republican National Committee meeting calling for a GOP “war for women.” That’s a good line, but he followed it with remarks that insulted women and suggested there was something scandalous about female sexuality. Said Huckabee:

    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 the Democrats have played them to be.

    The idea that birth control is only for promiscuous or sexually obsessed women is not only something from two centuries ago, but absurd and judgmental. It’s reminiscent of Rush Limbaugh saying Sandra Fluke must be having nonstop sex to need to take birth control pills every day (though birth control pills must be taken every day to be effective, even if the user only has sex once a month). And how is it possible for a woman to “control [her] reproductive system”? That’s’ what birth control does. It controls a woman’s reproductive system so she doesn’t get pregnant from having sex.

    But it’s not about basic science, even – not like Todd Akin saying women who are raped don’t get pregnant because their bodies have a way “of shutting that whole thing down.” It’s about an antiquated and offensive idea that men, or government, or religious authorities can tell women what to do and what not to do. It’s about putting women in a restrictive role in which their jobs are to get pregnant while men run the show. No, it’s nowhere near as bad as keeping women under control by gang-raping them into submission. But making a religious case for female submission to men is rooted in the same offensive ideology.

  12. Tony C. says:

    Blouise, I think he’s had enough snacks. But maybe he thinks God will protect him from atherosclerosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke and heart disease. And since I think he does more harm than good in society, I guess we should let him keep right on thinking that.

    Alright I retract, give him a snack. Sugar and Fat, you can’t beat that. Make him a stent gent.

  13. Elaine M. says:

    Huckabee needs a lot more food…for thought.

  14. Russell says:


    I was thinking the Huckster needed a Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop opened next door to his residence…..

  15. pete says:

    when i first saw this speech the clip showed something that to me was far more telling about the republicans but after searching and watching the same 55-57 second clip over and over i can’t find a longer version. in that longer version the camera pans back after huckabee makes this statement and shows the audience. not a woman in the room. just a bunch of the same old men talking about womens sex drive.

  16. annieofwi says:

    ‘Cause we know how dangerous women are when they are in heat. That killer libido.

  17. Elaine M. says:

    Rand Paul: “Women Are Winning” the War on Women
    By Daniel Politi

    Sen. Rand Paul suggested that even if there is such a thing as a war on women, it’s all pretty irrelevant because women are doing quite well for themselves and “some of the victimology and all of this other stuff is trumped up.” Talking to Candy Crowley on CNN, Paul insists Democrats will fail in their efforts to try to frame Republicans as anti-women.

    “The whole thing of the ‘war on women,’ I sort of laughingly say, ‘Yeah, there might have been—but the women are winning it,'” the Republican senator from Kentucky said. “Over half of the young people in medical school and dental school are women, law school the same way. I think women are doing very well, and I’m proud of how far we’ve come.” He then went on to add that “I think some of the victimology and all of this other stuff is trumped up. We don’t get to any good policy by playing some sort of charade that somehow one party doesn’t care about women or one party is not in favor of women advancing, or other people advancing.”

  18. Blouise says:

    Rand Paul,
    Just remember bucko, you voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in Feb 2013. Save your pathetic about-face and backtracking for the Huckabee Boys Club … they’ give you the wink and the nod you’re looking for.

  19. Elaine M. says:


    5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution — ‘Cuddly’ Libertarian Has Some Very Dark Politics
    He’s anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-senior-citizen, anti-equality and anti-education, and that’s just the start.
    By Adele M. Stan
    August 26, 2011–_'cuddly'_libertarian_has_some_very_dark_politics

    There are few things as maddening in a maddening political season as the warm and fuzzy feelings some progressives evince for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the Republican presidential candidate. “The anti-war Republican,” people say, as if that’s good enough.

    But Ron Paul is much, much more than that. He’s the anti-Civil-Rights-Act Republican. He’s an anti-reproductive-rights Republican. He’s a gay-demonizing Republican. He’s an anti-public education Republican and an anti-Social Security Republican. He’s the John Birch Society’s favorite congressman. And he’s a booster of the Constitution Party, which has a Christian Reconstructionist platform. So, if you’re a member of the anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-senior-citizen, anti-equality, anti-education, pro-communist-witch-hunt wing of the progressive movement, I can see how he’d be your guy.

  20. swarthmoremom says:

    Elaine, I remember posting that link on the other blog. 😉

  21. Elaine M. says:


    Here is an article about his son:

    Dim and divisive Rand Paul self-destructs, again
    Flailing at the Clintons and insisting women won the war on women, he’s what happens when stupid goes unchallenged
    Joan Walsh

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is what you get when traditional and corrosive American nepotism meets the 21st century GOP echo chamber: a pampered princeling whose dumb ideas have never been challenged by reality.

    If you missed Ron Paul’s son on “Meet the Press” Sunday, go watch it. I am honestly not sure what was most ridiculous or offensive: attacking Hillary Clinton for something her husband did, or declaring that “if there was a war on women, I think they won.”

    Leave that question aside for a moment. Paul’s performance was most interesting for the window it gave us into his character, as the indulged but slightly dim scion of an eccentric political family whose every utterance, all his life, has been treated as important. At some points in interviews with the freshman senator, including this one, you can see the wheels turning in his head, maybe a little slowly, as he winds up to deliver what he thinks is a political hum-dinger. It’s the oily crazy of Rand Paul being adorably Rand Paul: saying what he thinks is brave and leader-like, but that thing turns out to be simply nutty.

    Then the media collectively scrunches its forehead and tries to decide if he’s brave or nutty.

    So it was with “Meet the Press” Sunday. Paul obviously set out to say cleverly what Mike Huckabee said stupidly: Republicans aren’t going to take the Democrats’ “war on women” rhetoric lying down, especially if they’re facing a Democratic woman running for president in 2016. You can almost see behind his eyes as he thinks to himself: “I’ve got it: I’ll throw a haymaker at Hillary Clinton for something stupid her husband did almost 20 years ago!”

    Oh, and the man who opposed the Lilly Ledbetter pay equity act had the stones to frame his critique of President Clinton’s long-ago relationship with Monica Lewinsky as support for workplace laws supporting women.

    “One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office. And I think really the media seems to be — have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that. And that is predatory behavior, and it should — it should be something — we shouldn’t want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office… I mean, really — and then they have the gall to stand up and say Republicans are having a war on women? So yes, I think it’s a factor.”

    Though Paul allowed that her husband’s behavior is “not Hillary’s fault,” he added, “with regard to the Clintons, sometimes it’s hard to separate one from the other.”

    But wait, there was more. He came right at that whole war on women thing, echoing men’s rights advocates everywhere by declaring that “if there was a war on women, I think they won.” Evidence? “The women in my family are doing great.”

  22. swarthmoremom says:

    Elaine, Guess he was not thinking about that woman in Fort Worth, Texas.

  23. swarthmoremom says: Republican leaders have chosen an odd way to try to win back female voters alienated by relentless G.O.P. attacks on women’s health care and freedoms. Instead of backing off, they’re digging in, clinging to an approach that gave President Obama a 12-point advantage among women in the 2012 election and provided the slim margin of victory for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia, in 2013. On the national level and even in some red states, the party’s stance on women’s rights is plainly not helping it.

    Yet the ideological tide rolls on. States dominated by Republicans continue to enact new abortion restriction. The Republican National Committee last week heard Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, suggest that Democrats favor universal access to free contraception because they think women “cannot control their libido” without the help of “Uncle Sugar.” And this week, the Republican-led House is expected to pass the deceptively named No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

  24. Blouise says:

    Now Michelle Bachmann claims Obama has declared economic war on women. The tin soldiers got their talking points and were given their orders to march.

  25. The republicans want to tighten the law and they will if they win the governor and lt. governor races.

  26. consiglieri39 sez: “Let’s start a petition to have Gordon Ramsay curse these rectal orifices out.”
    You win the internets for the day. I am going to save that one.

  27. swarthmoremom says:

    consiglieri39,Unless Wendy Davis and Leticia van de pute win, things will continue to deteriorate for women and their families in Texas.

  28. Elaine M. says:


    Like mother….like daughter. Just another dimwit who likes to spout off her mouth.

  29. swarthmoremom says: Fox News host Greta Van Susteren criticized her Fox colleague Erick Erickson for what she termed his “boorish” and “disrespectful” comments about Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

    Erickson, who is a Fox contributor, has repeatedly attempted to smear Davis, demeaningly referring to her as “Abortion Barbie” and suggesting she is unfit for public office. He has gone so far as to question her “mental health,” and recently attempted to portray her as an unstable and unreliable mother who left her “sugar daddy” husband when she no longer needed his money.

    In a post on her blog, On The Record host Van Susteren condemned Erickson’s Davis commentary, calling him a “jerk” and a “creep” who “has [a] pattern of being disrespectful to women”: Erick Erickson is the host of the “Redstate” blog.

  30. Elaine M. says:

    Hannity Proposes ‘Adopt-A-Woman’ Program For Birth Control Coverage
    JANUARY 28, 2014

    “Why should Americans be paying the nine dollars a month for birth control pills that you can get at Walmart?” Hannity asked a female caller on his radio show. “Why should especially Catholics, and people of faith, and Christians and people of other faiths that this is against their religious teachings, and condoms are relatively inexpensive.”

    Hannity asked why people like Huckabee were accused of “waging a war on women” when discussing birth control.

    “Why are people accused of waging a war on women in they don’t want to pay for their birth control, which is inexpensive?” he asked.

    When the caller argued that many women cannot afford birth control, Hannity proposed a new way to provide birth control for women in need.

    “Why don’t women like yourself, then, maybe have an adopt-a-woman birth control program?” he asked, proposing a privatized system to provide coverage for birth control.

  31. Blouise says:

    WHAT??!! My gott im himmel, what is wrong with these people? In trying to escape the war on women label they are just digging themselves a deeper hole. Adopt-a-woman birth control program?! The stupidity is overwhelming.

  32. Tony C. says:

    Hannity says: “Why should especially Catholics, and people of faith, and Christians and people of other faiths that this is against their religious teachings, and condoms are relatively inexpensive.”

    Because if you were consistent and applied that logic to everything, you can be sure suddenly every tax of every kind would be against everybody’s faith and religious teachings. Everybody would have moral objections to funding the military, or SEC, or FDA, or sales taxes, or police, or whatever. They would say they shouldn’t have to pay because they don’t agree with how the government is using their tax money. Claims of moral certitude cannot be proven or disproven; and if they are allowed to trump Congress and State law then there is no law, there is just anarchy.

    In fact I could claim (as we have seen the Aynish do) that all taxes of any kind are theft at gunpoint and immoral and criminal and I should not be required to pay any of them. Can you prove I do not believe that? No. Applied consistently, Hannity’s argument results in anarchy.

  33. Elaine M. says:

    Poll: Huckabee Is Now The GOP’s Top Choice For 2016 After Libido Remark
    JANUARY 29, 2014

    Uncle Sugar has apparently provided Mike Huckabee with a polling bounce.

    The latest survey from Democratic PPP released Wednesday showed the former Arkansas governor surging among Republican voters nationwide in the wake of his head-scratching comment about the female libido.

    According to the poll, 16 percent of GOP primary voters said they would prefer to see Huckabee as the party’s presidential nominee in 2016, making him the top Republican in the field. Only a month ago, PPP showed Huckabee polling at 11 percent and trailing both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) among GOP voters.

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