Cry Me a River

Posted: April 8, 2014 by Marner in Uncategorized

By now you’ve all heard about Mike Huckabee’s comment in a speech to the RNC the other day. Huckabee said:

“If the Democrats want women to 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.”

It was initially reported that Huckabee said he believed women couldn’t control their libidos without the help of the government, rather than actually attributing that belief to Democrats. That’s true context isn’t much better, since it displays an incredible level of ignorance and self-projection, but conservatives went wild wailing about how horrible it was that Huckabee had been taken out of context. I have one thing to say about that:

Cry me a fucking river.

There’s an old saying that if you live by the sword, you die by the sword. The right wing media has perfected the art of taking a single quote out of context and using that spin to provide red meat for their base. We can look at Melissa Harris Perry’s show joking about the incongruity of a single black child in a Romney family photo. The show was mocking the whiteness of the Republican Party and the right wing spun it as a personal attack on Romney’s grandchild. We can also point to Governor Cuomo’s remarks where the right claimed Cuomo said conservatives were not welcome in New York. That was yet another lie that Sean Hannity has been trying to milk to try and regain relevance in a crowded wingnut field. What Cuomo actually said was that extreme right winger candidates can’t win in New York because they aren’t welcomed by voters. Or we can point to Hillary Clinton’s “What difference does it make” sentence that has been twisted and exploited or President Obama’s “You didn’t build that.”

Just know that if the right is crying about how their feelings are hurt by something said on the left, odds are that the left never said it.

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