That’s What Having a Bunch of Brain Dead Candidates Will Do to You
Although they remain hidden, too afraid to speak too loudly lest they offend the extreme crazies in their party, there is an establishment wing of the Republican Party. These are the people who thought Mitt Romney would make a good candidate and a better President. These are the people who see New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the only hope for the Party. These are people who are just scared to go to sleep at night.
Their first cause of concern is of course the potential demise of Mr. Christie as a viable candidate for the Republican nomination. Of course he never really was, but to people with sufficient blinders to be Republicans and not notice the extremists in the Party, he was to them. Consequently all of their guns are focused on the media, whom they portray as piling on for daring to report the facts, just the facts of the GW bridge scandal. And they are also in full assault mode against the Mayor of Hoboken, who had the audacity to actually document a threat against her and her city to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funding if she did not support a development project favored by Gov. Christie.
The Republican mantra is "aha, why did she wait so long?" Of course the answer is that until now a charge by the Mayor of Hoboken would have had no credibility, and would have endangered herself and her city against the retaliation tactics that we all now know the Christie people are capable of. But if one is to believe the story the Mayor of Hoboken is not true, then one must believe that last spring she made entries in her journal, told people what happened all in the anticipation of revealing this months later. Yeah right.
Now as previously documented here there is the spectre of Mike Huckabee, who said some of the most outrageous things a person who once ran for public office can ever say. Here from Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post is the attempt at rescue.
Speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting Thursday,Huckabee said it was time to “no longer accept listening to the Democrats talk about a war on women.” Republicans aren’t waging a war on women, he said. “They have a war for women.”
The alleged war on women was based essentially on the notion that people who think abortion is a bad idea — or who don’t think the government should mandate insurance coverage for birth-control coverage — are anti-woman. Democrats point mainly to new state laws that have limited access to abortion, not to mention the unforgettable observations of a few Republican men about “legitimate” rape and so on.
Notice the glossing over of a lot of facts (which as we all know, facts are biased against Republicans). For example she neglects to note that it is Republicans who are mandating invasive procedures for women considering an abortion, and it is Republicans who want to control what women can and cannot do with respect to family planning.
And those few men who made such ugly and disgusting comments on rape? Well she neglects to mention that they were not only elected House members, but also the Republican nominees for the Senate. This was not just a few weirdo’s, these were the face of the Party.
So now Ms. Parker and others must somehow try to exonerate the un-exoneratable, to excuse and explain this by the aforementioned Mr. Huckabee, a man considered 'likeable'.
“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 the Democrats have played them to be.”
And so the explanation, Mr. Huckabee just badly misspoke, used a bad choice of words when his ideas and concepts were sound.
What Huckabee was saying was that women are not just packages of reproductive parts whose lives are circumscribed by access to birth control. This is the thinking he ascribes to Democrats. Instead, he said, Republicans are fighting a war for women “to be empowered to be something other than victims of their gender.”
Not bad so far, but then . . . uh-oh.
Uh, uh-oh Ms. Parker, sorry but if you are buying this load of baloney fine, but if you expect anyone else to buy it you need to get back into this universe, not the one where you have to explain what you think conservatives mean when they say what they mean and that is nasty and offensive.