I’ve been applying for a new job like mad and have been on two promising interviews this week. One for a web publishing position that would fit me like a glove and actually pays a living wage. But today in Texas it is icy and cold, so lets us blog and surf the day away.
There’s much apologizing and spinning over the comments of Mike Huckabee and Rep. Steve Pearce’s (R-NM) memoir, “Just Fly the Plane, Stupid!” Huckabee might have been trying to paint progressives as anti-women but he went way off the rails. Pearce channeled his inner cleric and wrote in his book that women should “submit to their husbands,” and that’s not going over real well, either. I’ve placed the Huckabee video below to avoid auto play issues:
SF Gate — — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told fellow Republicans on Thursday that rival Democrats were trying to win over female voters by promising them free birth control and telling them “they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government.” Huckabee made the comment as he was making a pitch that the GOP needs to broaden its appeal and end its internal divisiveness.
Oh, women can’t control their libido? Wow, talk about projection. In point of fact 1) it’s not free birth control paid for by the government. It’s birth control covered under standard insurance polices offered by private companies that have to include preventative care including birth control and other services. Second point, Huckabee is now officially a world class ass-hat.
Here’s Pearce’s contribution summed up:
WaPo — He said that, in his family’s experience, this meant that his wife, Cynthia, would submit to him and he would lead. “The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice,” he writes, citing the Bible. “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.” Pearce, who is Baptist, emphasizes repeatedly in the chapter that submission doesn’t mean inferiority but rather that husbands and wives play different roles. He also says it doesn’t mean his wife doesn’t have a say in major decisions.
Let’s not mince words here. The GOP has a big, big problem in modern western society. They have a huge and indispensable block of voters who have been taught, misinformed, and lied into believing women are second-class citizens and that’s how God wants it. It’s not just abortion, not by a long shot. These clowns hate contraception, some of them work against equal pay and other rights most civilized countries take for granted.
Republican strategist aren’t stupid. They know this is real shaky territory for their candidates and have advised them again and again to shut the fuck up. But, while it might be bad for the movement, it’s great for the wingnut grifting racket to tell troglodytes want they want and have been conditioned to hear. I don’t think they’re going to be able to stop it, because it pays off for individual schemers within the conservative party to continue writing and talking about. Huckabee is being defended as a stalwart hero for women’s rights as I blog this very article. He’s fundraising off of it.
If Clinton runs in 2016 and can tap into that disaffected vote, the election could be blow out of Biblical proportions.