"Krauthammer's paralyzed, you know," I said.
"I did not know that," replied the Goat.
So I googled ol' Krauthammer and verified that he was in a tragic swimming accident at age 22, but (of course) was quickly drawn into another of Google's temptations: Krauthammer's Jan. 30th opinion piece for the Washington Post: How to debunk the war on women.
The column started out promisingly enough:
What is it about women that causes leading Republicans to grow clumsy, if not stupid? When even savvy, fluent, attractively populist Mike Huckabee stumbles, you know you’ve got trouble. Having already thrown away eminently winnable Senate seats in Missouri and Indiana because of moronic talk about rape, the GOP might have learned. You’d think.
Really? A bit of sensitivity glimmering from the Right regarding women's issues? Well kiss my ample Irish Hungarian posterior.
It didn't last long. Krauthammer's voice of reason faded in the very next paragraph:
Huckabee wasn’t quite as egregious, just puzzling and a bit weird. Trying to make a point about Obamacare mandating free contraceptives ...
Oh dear. Here we go again. With those two words, Kraukhammer brandishes his bayonet right alongside the Huck, Todd Akin and the rest of the wingnuts waging war on women.
CODE PINK CHAUVINIST ALERT: Gents, heed these words: Any woman who pays $100, $250, $500 or $750 per month for health care coverage--whether she's footing the entire bill or it's a copay for ACA coverage or her employer's offering--does not consider benefits of said coverage as "free." The assertion is particularly offensive to working women, who regard their health insurance as an earned benefit.
To be sure, birth control might be the only tangible benefit a woman reaps from that coverage, which she pays for. Every. Single. Month. This holds particularly true if she is healthy, young, single and childless. In his Post column, Krauthammer even notes the Right's dismally failed courtship of single women with some alarm:
... the Republicans’ inability to make their case in respectful tones has cost them dearly. In 2012, they lost unmarried women by 36 (!) points.
Exclamation point, indeed. Keep calling that $200 per month packet of birth control pills "free." Keep doing everything you can to take away the one thing those unmarried women actually get from their health care coverage and the GOP can watch that number climb higher and higher.
You boys will just never get it will you?
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