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(From Kathleen Parker's syndicated column today...)

Parker takes Huckabee to the woodshed for his failed strategy. Preacher Mike, at last Thursday's RNC winter meeting, burbled:

..if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them a prescription each month for birth control because they can not control their libido without the assistance of the government, then so be it. Let's take that discussion all across America because women are far more than Democrats have played them to be.

Republicans like Huckabee can’t grasp that it’s all in how you say things. Who, for instance, is apoplectic about women’s libidos? No one so far in the health insurance debate coverage of birth control has concerned himself with "libido concerns" except Rush Limbaugh. Rush made the quantum leap from Sandra Fluke’s claim that insurance should cover B.C. to his conclusion that Fluke is, therefore, an obvious ho'. ("A far shorter leap is needed to infer that being alone in a room talking 3 hours a day into a large microphone only millimeters from one’s oral cavity undoubtedly allows the mind to wander."). --Parker! How long did it take you to manufacture that one??

For Huckabee, introducing the dubious topic of "libido" and thus the inescapable mental images that followed didn't just detract from his intended message: it also put him smack-dab in Limbaugh Camp! Why do these guys fret fitfully with what women do with their, ahem, “reproductive systems”? Does Huckabee really think Dems are wedded to the idea that women can’t function without “Uncle Sugar” offering meds to thwart ovulation and fertilization? Even the label "Uncle Sugar" is pretty creepy. Rather than a cutesy twist on Uncle Sam, it conjures up a specter of a lurking uncle waiting to trade chocolate for a smooch on a dark stair landing.

Parker says Huckabee is usually better than this. His lighthearted temperament got him fans and plaudits. (“I’m a conservative, but I’m not mad at anybody about it.”) His RNC bomb, in contrast, sounded like someone priming the base at the cost of sound thinking. Rather than end the idea of a Republican war on women, he only provided tasty red meat to Dems, while reminding women why they really shouldn't want to associate with this crowd.
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