Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For the Ladies

The GOP outreach to the women voters of America continues with a double-barreled shot across their bow.

First it’s that fountain of punchlines, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) who turns the gun on his fellow “Republican females” whose objection to draconian abortion laws disappointed him.

“Most of the conference was 100 percent in favor of the bill that was going to be brought to the floor. Some of us were wishing that there would not be any exceptions because it was going to be 20 weeks — no abortions after 20 weeks — when the evidence is clear those babies feel,” Gohmert said on a conference call that included pastor E.W. Jackson, according to a recording published by Raw Story.

Gohmert then said that Republican women split the caucus by opposing the language on the rape exception. He said that opposition to the bill should have been voiced before the legislation made it to the House floor.

“I’m told that they’re still going to bring it back, but because there was such division among our Republican females, they pulled the bill that day,” he said. “And that was extremely unfortunate, and it sent the entirely wrong message.”

The wrong message is, apparently, that women have the right to control their own bodies.

And then there’s the paragon of virtue and clean living Mike Huckabee, who is shocked, shocked, I tell you, to hear women use language that is better suited to a Ted Nugent concert.

Huckabee was discussing his trouble adapting to the “hotbed of the New York culture” on Friday during an interview on the Des Moines-based “Mickelson in the Morning” show.

Until January, Huckabee had commuted to Manhattan to host a weekly Fox News talk show, and he said that working in New York City was like visiting “a different planet.”

“In the South, in the Midwest, here in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the f-bomb and use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting,” Huckabee said. “In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women do it!”

“This would be considered totally inappropriate to say these things in front of a woman,” he added. “And for a woman to say them in a professional setting — we would only assume that this is a very — as we would say in the South, that’s just trashy!”

Here’s a video of Mr. Huckabee’s reaction:

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I can think of any number of women who might have some “trashy” things to say to Gov. Huckabee, but I’m afraid that his delicate nature — not to mention certain parts of his anatomy — couldn’t handle it.

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  1. the Govern better watch out, before he knows it certain words will start to creep into the conversations of his constituents, words like swell and so’s your old man. At that point he’s got real trouble!

    • Huckabee obviously doesn’t understand Southernisms such as “bless your heart” and “that’s nice.” The intent is still in those phrases – it’s just not as obviously Saxon as it is in the four-letter equivalents.

  2. I’ve seen elsewhere that Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), one of the sponsors of the bill, was instrumental in killing it. This does not bode well: Blackburn is a staunch anti-choicer, and pulling the bill screams more of failing to think through the language than of deciding not to support an odious piece of legislation. It’s more likely that it was too obvious in its intent than it was unpalatable to any majority of voters. Look for a less-obviously-nasty bill, with fewer blatant attacks on women’s health, to appear in a few months once the furor dies down – and be prepared for the same GOTea women who opposed this bill to fall in line supporting the next, more subtle attempt.

    I’m reminded not a little to the missteps of the grads of Gingrich’s Contract On America™, who went to Congress determined to bring a fresh voice to Capitol Hill, and instead trampled on themselves with unforced errors.

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