Huckabee Causes Stir With Libido Remarks
He says Dems think women can't control themselves
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2014 3:13 AM CST
Updated Jan 24, 2014 5:38 AM CST
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sits down for lunch before speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington yesterday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Mike Huckabee's take on the "war on women" caused a stir yesterday when he said Democrats want women to think they are weaklings who can't control their own sex drives, while the GOP wants them to think they are more than "victims of their gender." If Dems "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 the government, then so be it," the former Arkansas governor and potential 2016 hopeful told a Republican National Committee meeting. "Let's take that discussion all across America." The aftermath:

  • Reporters from CNN and NBC had to issue corrections after tweeting that Huckabee himself thought women couldn't control their libidos (rather than Democrats thinking that). But Mediaite points out that "the first impression will be the one that sticks."
  • White House spokesman Jay Carney said he hadn't seen the comments, but he called them offensive after hearing an excerpt, reports the Hill. "Whoever said it sounds offensive to me and to women," he said.
  • Huckabee has made similar comments before, including on his Fox show just a few days ago, Slate notes. "For Democrats to reduce women to beggars for cheap government funded birth control is demeaning to the women that I know who are far more complicated than their libido and the management of their reproductive system," he said.
  • One of the many problems Alexandra Petri at the Washington Post has with Huckabee's "three-coil steamer" of a speech is the way he seems to be addressing women as if they were in the kitchen, not in attendance. "The short version is that you should talk to women as though they are in the room," she writes. "That’s it. It’s that simple."