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!
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)