For years, the media has characterized the GOP as an old, white male monolith. They ignore (or ridicule) Republican female governors and lawmakers, but concoct sexist narratives out of every stray comment.
But the media and Republicans do agree that conservatives need to reach out to women voters. Former governor Mike Huckabee did just that at a meeting of the Republican National Committee this morning. After discussing women’s remarkable achievements, he criticized the Democrats’ ideological sexism:
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.
Frankly, I don’t want to hear any middle-aged man uttering the word “libido,” but Huckabee’s central criticism is accurate. Conservativism trusts men and women to run their own lives while liberalism assumes they are incapable without daily intervention by the government.
Surely, the mainstream media would praise Huckabee’s pro-woman agenda, right?
CNN’s Dana Bash took to Twitter at 9:16 a.m.:
At Rnc meeting @MikeHuckabee just said fed govt shouldn't help women w who can't control their libido w birth control.
Obviously, Huckabee said no such thing. Nevertheless, Bash's lie... I mean, completely accidental mistake... spread like wildfire.
Dana Bash, 30 minutes later:
2b clear @MikeHuckabee said DEMS insult women thinking theyre helpless giving rx for birth control "b/c they cannot control their libido"
Ah, "2b clear," Huckabee’s comments were exactly the opposite of what you reported and what was shared across social media for half an hour.
NBC News’s Kasie Hunt joined the pile-on at 9:36 a.m.:
Huckabee: Women "helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them ... birth control because they cannot control their libido"
Kasie Hunt, 15 minutes later:
To be clear: Huck says DEMS blv "helpless without Uncle Sugar" giving them birth control because "they cannot control their libido"
"To be clear," the initial misrepresentations and belated corrections sound like they came from the same Democrat messaging shop.
Herein lies the trap for every Republican officeholder. The media demands they reach out to women and minorities. But when well-meaning politicians follow that advice, their words are misrepresented and the speaker is ridiculed for even raising the topic. Even fellow Republicans get into the act, angrily asking why any middle-aged white dude would dare discuss sensitive topics that old, white male Democrats clumsily discuss non-stop. Within a week, the critics are back to asking why the GOP refuses to reach out to women and minorities.
The leftist goal is to scare conservatives away from ever discussing gender or race in any context. It's working so well that now we mostly censor ourselves. But once we properly train all white male Republicans never to discuss women or minorities, the Left will rightly hit us for ignoring those Americans.
So what is the best solution? Do we seek risk-avoidance and stop talking about race and gender completely? Or at some point do we stop apologizing to a mainstream media that despises us, and choose instead to just speak our mind?
There is nothing racist, sexist or offensive about the conservative respect for and empowerment of each and every American. Maybe it's time we stop acting like there is.