Sunday, January 26, 2014

Huckabee, and his critics and his supporters

Yeah, everyone knows now about what Governor Huckabee said at the GOP meeting.  But in case you missed out, here it is: 

[The Republican Party] stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a war on them, it’s a war for them. And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America 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 government, then so be it. Let’s take that discussion all across America, because women are far more than Democrats have made them to be. And women across America have to stand up and say, ‘Enough of that nonsense.’”

Liberals have ridiculed it.  But I was curious read what the conservatives thought.  So I turned to National Review.  And I was surprised.  NR, or at least one of its writers, didn't exactly defend what the governor said.  Rather, he said that: 1/ Huckabee shouldn't have said it because it wasn't politically shrewd  2/ liberals took Huckabee's comments out of context. 

To me, that was a suggestive response because it seems like NR Republicans are becoming, in their way, closer to the Dems, or at least that the former aren't really trying to distinguish themselves from the Dems.  This new generation--this generation in their 30s and late 20s--seem to share a lot more in common than their grandparents of the 1970s and 1980s when the culture wars were insanely bitter and unbridgeable.  Hence, my (untested) view:  we are all liberals, now....

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