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Mike Huckabee on Fox News
Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee has, predictably enough, started fundraising off his claim that "the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government."

No doubt Huckabee will raise a good bit of money from that part of the Republican base that thinks Viagra is a God-given right for men but pregnancy should be the automatic outcome of women having sex. But, as an AP headline puts it "Huckabee's 'libido' remarks could complicate GOP outreach to women." Gee, ya think? Huckabee also has a wee consistency problem here:

Funny story: in 2005, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee signed a law mandating Arkansas insurance plans provide contraception coverage, including church-affiliated organizations such as hospitals and universities.

Nine years ago, Huckabee thought that the government should ensure that everyone had access to contraception. In fact, as the Los Angeles Times detailed in 2012, all sorts of Republicans were happily embracing contraception coverage mandates in the days of Bush and Clinton.

Huckabee's donors are unlikely to care about that—like Huckabee, their thinking on contraception coverage probably changed dramatically right around the time Barack Obama became president. But it's exactly the women who Republicans keep claiming they're trying to woo who might have problems with everything about this, from the Uncle Sugar-libido talk to the hypocrisy.
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Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 07:10 AM PST.

Also republished by Pro Choice and Daily Kos.

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