Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp described the media’s coverage of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s remarks on the government and women’s libidos as “lazy” and “intellectually dishonest,” claiming it was obvious the Republican meant to represent Democratic views on the issue.
On Thursday, Huckabee noted in a speech that Democrats “want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government.”
Democrats and their media allies pounced, accusing Huckabee of opening the latest front in the “War on Women” by labeling them incapable of managing their own sex lives. Right-of-center commentators largely agreed, claiming on Friday that Republican men should shut up altogether about birth control and other women’s issues.
Cupp, however, found the whole thing thoroughly inexplicable during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “On this particular incident — I gotta say, I feel like I’m in the ‘Twilight Zone,’” she said. “It is so 100 percent clear to me that Mike Huckabee was talking about the Democratic treatment toward women, and not his own feeling — or the Republican Party’s feeling — towards women.”
“I have never seen lazier, more intellectually dishonest analysis of this moment than I have today,” she continued. “I mean, it’s shocking to me. It is clear what Mike Huckabee’s intention was here.”
Stephanie Cutter, Cupp’s liberal co-panelist, was taken aback. “Well he — he’s — uh, I mean, the way that I interpreted that,” she stuttered, “and maybe I’m not being honest about it, but the way I interpreted that is he’s saying that the contraception policy, which allows women to get contraception with no out-of-pocket cost, makes them dependent upon ‘Uncle Sugar’ because they can’t control their libido or their own reproductive system.”
She went on to note that regardless of context, Republicans’ opposition to the contraception mandate in Obamacare means they “are on the wrong side of the issue” and “Huckabee didn’t help them out yesterday.”
Cupp wasn’t buying it. “Well Huckabee didn’t help them out because Republicans are even going along with this made-up media narrative,” she said. “I mean, I cannot believe even Republicans are allowing and accepting this narrative to go on. He is clearly implicating Democrats.”
“I acknowledge the narrative,” she continued. “I frequently point out when the narrative is true. I have not been unwilling to criticize the party. This is not an example of it.
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