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Huckabee on how to treat women: "Place her in the center of the photograph."


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Dear Mike Huckabee,

I'm a sucker for good manners. Sadly, they're becoming less commonplace every day. However, old fashioned etiquette is one thing, exploitative showboating is something else entirely.

Yours very truly,


The New Republic's interview with Huckabee about how he sees female political opponents went a little something like this:

“I’ve twice run against women opponents, and it’s a very different kind of approach,” he tells me. Different how? “For those of us who have some chivalry left, there’s a level of respect. ... You treat some things as a special treasure; you treat other things as common.” A male opponent is “common,” a woman requires “a sense of pedestal.”

What the hell is a "sense of pedestal"? Anyone?

bueller anyoneMaybe HuckaRelic will put it another way:

“I’ll put it this way,” Huckabee says. “I treat my wife very differently than I treat my chums and my pals. I wouldn’t worry about calling them on Valentine’s Day, opening the door for them, or making sure they were OK.”

Aww, how touching. How caring. How... anachronistic. Women are... special. Delicate. Needy. Require assistance. And clearly congregate in binders. Women shouldn't be treated like "chums and pals." Which means that hanging out at a ball game guzzling beer together (from what my Tee Vee Machine tells me, that's an ultra-chummy guy thing to do) or sharing a Hungry-Man Frozen Dinner is completely out of the question. And don't get me started on tête-à-têtes about Cialis.

(By the way, Huck, some men do call each other on Valentine's Day or check to make sure their significant male other is okay. But that's another post for another day.)

Apparently, HuckaFossil also doesn't feel that women can or want to open their own doors. Now don't get me wrong, I appreciate politeness like nobody's business, and there's a certain charm to conventional "treat her like a lady" behavior. But some of Huckabee's "protective" instincts telegraph less formality and thoughtfulness and more moth-eaten patronizing and moldy condescension.

It gets even worse via another tidbit from Salon:

I believe in equality [!!! huhwha? !!!], and I have a record of transforming that belief into action... However, equality doesn’t mean sameness... I still will invite a lady to go first, will open a door for her, and will place her in the center of the photograph. And yes, I would seek to treat a female opponent with the same respect I give to all women, even though we may disagree on the issues.”

Respect is one thing. Arrogance is quite another. So is hypocrisy. Remember this? "Uncle Sugar" Dems give birth control to women who can't "control their libido" quote?

If the Democrats want to insult women 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 this 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."

That's about as respectful as an Ann Coulter CPAC speech.

Now if you'll excuse me, I simply must step down from my "sense of pedestal." It's cookie-baking time and I need a moment to remove my high heels and don my apron.

respect aretha


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VIDEO snarkitude-- Mitt Romney: "I'm the whitest white man in the USA!"


Snarkitude! ... Or is it?



Mitt Romney parody in song. Romney spoof video musical.

I'm a Mormon whose ethic is work and no play
I've been running for the White House since Truman passed away
I'll never see the world in shades of gray
I'm the whitest white man in the USA

I'd amend the Constitution and end Roe v. Wade
I would make refuting Darwin a religious crusade
I'd wipe away Iran with a nuclear grenade
I'm the whitest white man in the USA
Obama for sure is a commie MITT
His blood isn't blue
There's a rumor he's a Jew
He doesn't look like me or you
Now listen to me
Our Secre'try of State is a lesbo
The cabinet all reeks
The Country's run by Bolsheviks
We're going broke just like the Greeks
Why, because I say so! GROUP
He says so
I have homes in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and LA
And built a concrete fence to keep the Immigrants away
And then he rested it was on the seventh day
I'm the whitest white man in the USA

I'm against same sex marriage 'though Paul Ryan's cute like me
There are times I have wished that I was born a she
So then he'd be able to hit off the ladies tee
He's the whitest white man in the galaxy
Bain is the bane of my existence
Oh, sure, it made me rich
But defending it's a bitch
It's like praising Newt Gingrich
Who is a fruitcake


GOP official: Mitt Romney's V.P pick will be "a deliberate anti-Palin"... an “incredibly boring white guy.”


Team Romney is on the hunt for a running mate who won't get laughed out of the race, or be ethically deficient, stir controversial pots, wink too often, be ignorant of major Supreme Court decisions, speak paint-splatterese, reveal their illiteracy, or upstage that captivating model of charisma, Etch a Sketch Willard.

In other words, anyone but her:


McCain, according to Romney advisers, blew it on all three scores. And of the three, the most conscious effort by Romney’s team to do things differently will be in the vice presidential selection process. One Republican official familiar with the campaign’s thinking said it will be designed to produce a pick who is safe and, by design, unexciting — a deliberate anti-Palin. The prized pick, said this official: an “incredibly boring white guy.”

Where to begin? They get a couple of points for going anti-Palin, but why would that mean a running mate would have to be male or white? Palin's pretty darn white, so the opposite of that would be... what again?

And why male, necessarily? Any woman with ethics, brains, knowledge, experience, and common sense would be the polar opposite of Former Half Gov Derangetta McMoralDearth. Being penis challenged shouldn't be a deal breaker.

Oh, and then there's that minor, oft overlooked issue of being, you know, qualified. Then again, we're talking about the Republican party here.

Oh, but I kid.


GOP Hypocrisy 101: They virtually ignore birth-control issue during hearing with HHS Sec. Sebelius


Oh em gee! Birth control is bad! Nobody should use it and women should pop out babies the way the GOP pops out new primary frontrunners! Preventing abortions by preventing unwanted births? Unheard of! Require employers to cover contraception in their health care plans? Treason!

So it goes without saying that, given the opportunity, Republican Congress members would grill, blast, and belittle HHS Secretary Sebelius if they ever got a chance, like, say, at a hearing... where they would be face to face with her... and have her undivided attention... and get quoted and replayed over and over 24/7 on cable news [sic]! Right?


Via The Hill:

Republicans have vowed to keep pressing their attack against the White House’s birth-control mandate, but you wouldn’t know it from the way they approached a hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday.

It was the first time Sebelius has testified before Congress since announcing the contraception mandate. Yet despite a flood of statements and speeches denouncing the policy as an attack on religious freedom, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee barely mentioned it Wednesday. [...]

Hatch opened with questions about the revised contraception mandate and whether Sebelius had discussed it with either the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops or more supportive groups, such as Planned Parenthood. She said she hadn’t. And that was about it.

"And that was about it."

This is whatcha call a manufactured controversy. A wedge issue. A diversion. Shiny keys. It's the one thing the GOP does well. I mean other than lie and smear.