At a time when the Republican Party is claiming to “soften” its image with women voters and market itself as a “better choice” to the gender, right-wing firebrand Mike Huckabee opened his mouth and sent the party into a panic mode.
Huckabee, speaking to the choir at the GOP winter meeting in Washington, said women cannot control “their libido or their reproductive system,” which is why the Democrats push “help from the government” to help them control their sexual desires.
The comments brought quick response from Democrats who see the comments as great campaign fodder in their efforts to portray the party of the elephant as a doddering collection of old men out of touch with mainstream America.
“Mike Huckabee has no idea what he’s talking about,” Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Associated Press. “If this is the GOP rebrand a year later, then all they’ve gotten is a year older.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Huckabee’s comments “sounds offensive to me and to women.”
At the conference, Huckabee said:
If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are hopeless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them with their 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.
The comments also brought a rapid response from Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who hopes to unseat Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Mitch McConnell’s cringe-worthy record of standing up for Kentucky’s women and families effortlessly aligns with Mike Huckabee’s extreme, anti-woman rhetoric. As McConnell enthusiastically touts Huckabee’s endorsement, he ought to explain to the women of Kentucky why he embraces such offensive commentary.
Sources within the GOP told Capitol Hill Blue that Huckabee’s comments “had a lot of Republicans in the audience cringing. It was the last thing we needed.”