In a move that might leave liberals and conservatives in shock, on Friday, Fox News host Megyn Kelly of The Kelly File legitimately pushed Mike Huckabee over his controversial comments about “Uncle Sugar’s” role in libido enabling in regard to women and the role of contraceptives.
And despite the fact that Huckabee is also a Fox News host, Kelly made some surprisingly difficult arguments that seemed to bolster the position of women’s health, and she offered a few criticisms to try and force Huckabee to be more specific, and she also asked him some straightforward questions.
Huckabee made his controversial remarks during a speech given to the Republican National Committee.
His full comment said:
“Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless or hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication. Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that anyone else can do. Our party stands for the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a war on them, it’s a war for them.”
“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 women across America need to stand up and say: ‘enough of that nonsense.’”
Huckabee tried to defend and clarify his comments to Kelly saying:
“Everything I was accused of saying, I was actually saying the polar opposite. This was an affirmation of the intelligence, of the capability of women. Like my wife, my daughter, my daughter-in-law, I’m insulted for them, and they are insulted, when the Democrats portray them as victims of their gender.”
“It wasn’t even about contraceptives. It was about the way that Democrats have accused Republicans of having a war on women when Republicans believe that women are equal. We don’t think that it somehow is gonna be necessary for them to have a government subsidy and government support or they’re not gonna be able to make it.”
“This is where some women and others have taken issue with you, that the Democrats would say they don’t view women as the victims of their gender. They view them as living, functioning, human beings who have a reproductive system and the ones who have to carry the babies.”
“And by the way, sexual beings, and, therefore, to be responsible when having sexual relations, they need birth control even if they’re not having sexual relations for the purpose of enjoyment, then they might need birth control because they have a health issue. And it’s not about seeing women as victims. It’s about getting them the medical coverage they need.”
Huckabee responded by highlighting the fact that he signed a state bill when he was the Governor of Arkansas that included contraceptives, as he said that he is not opposed to women having contraceptives that are not abortion related.
He followed up by placing the sexist blame on the conniving Democrats accusing them of marginalizing women because they (Democrats) believe that women are either cognitively or morally incapable of functioning without the “Uncle Sugar” Democrats coming in to bail out the crazed libidos of women, which is really about the results of the female libido, not the libido itself.
No matter how big government is, it cannot realistically legislate the actions of any libido, but it can and will come into play based on the possible product of the female libido, which is a baby, even though the male libido is just as much to blame for such a result.
So the question then becomes: Is Huckabee mad at “Uncle Sugar” and the Democrats for enabling contraceptives, or is he mad at the female libido for producing more children for the welfare state? The answer to that question remains unclear based on his original “Uncle Sugar” comment.
Kelly continued to press Huckabee saying:
“You put it in terms of having to control — that the Democrats believe that women need the government in order to control their libidos, and that sounded to many like you were placing a judgment on it.”
“You would acknowledge, the vast majority of people in this country, of adults in this country have libidos and act on them, and that the vast majority of those people use birth control when they do not desire to have a baby as a result of those libido instincts — correct?”
“And are you passing any judgment on that – the use of birth control by couples having intercourse who are not looking to have a baby?”
Huckabee vehemently stated that he has no issue with birth control being used by couples to prevent pregnancies. Instead he went back to what he called the Democrat’s “phony war on women.”
But in an impressive, savvy move, Kelly then listed health issues like endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome as two other valid reasons that women point to that can be helped through birth control – issues that are not about the temperature or the morality of the female libido.
Kelly also said:
“There are all sorts of reasons why women take birth control, and there’s no reason that they shouldn’t be able to get it from their employers. That’s what they say. And they say it’s not the government paying for it. It’s the women paying for it when they pay their premium under their policies and so they take issue with you characterizing it as “Uncle Sugar” having to step in and control their libidos.”
Huckabee then denied that he was disparaging women with his “Uncle Sugar” comments, and blamed people for not listening in context.
And what seemed to be taking a page out of Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment, Huckabee continued to make his case that he is about “elevating” women and “affirming” that women are “quite capable as equals to men,” by letting it be known that he, as governor, “appointed more women to executive level positions in state government (Arkansas) than any governor” in the state’s history, including Bill Clinton.
There is no doubt that Huckabee tried to make a strong case against the Democrats and their so-called “phony war on women,” by accusing their party of being sexist, political chauvinists, but there is one element that Huckabee and the Republicans/conservatives cannot outmaneuver.
By conventional wisdom, the Democratic Party is overwhelmingly considered to be the premier, political party for women based on elected officials and voters.
So if Huckabee’s charge that the shifty Democrats are purposely belittling and bamboozling women with phony, gender-based propaganda, it means that women are either too unsophisticated, too aroused by their erratic libidos, or they are too conditioned by “Uncle Sugar’s” government handouts to realize what is being done to them by the so-called sexist Democrats.
Or, they (women) do realize what is being done to them, and they are happily going along with it possibly to satisfy the needs of their libidos, which implies the imagery of something along the lines of a promiscuous, easily duped band filled with women like Sandra Fluke and a lot of 47 percent moochers.