Whoops! I guess Mike Huckabee is beginning to grasp that it’s unwise, if you’re trying to pretend you’re not a misogynist fuckwit who uses “Jesus” as a cover for your woman-bashing urges, to keep associating with the Duggars, who have been conclusively proving in public that they are not so much wholesome as they would like you to believe as they are just, well, a woman-bashing religious cult that uses “Jesus” as cover for men living a grotesque patriarchal fantasy where women are basically property and child molestation is considered less serious than women not presenting their grooms with the fantasy of despoiling an untouched virgin as wedding presents. Huckabee was at the front of the defend-the-Duggars response to the child molestation scandal, but now he’s putting a little distance between him and his cultish buddies.
The Duggar endorsements enjoyed top billing on the campaign site’s “I Like Mike” sidebar on May 22, the day Huckabee issued a full-throated defense of the family following the publication of a 2006 police report that showed the Duggar’s eldest son, Josh, was investigated for molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager. Parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said that four of the victims were Josh’s sisters, while the fifth was a babysitter, during an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that aired Wednesday night.
Jim Bob, a former Arkansas state representative, and Michelle Duggar endorsed Huckabee both for his 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Their endorsements did not appear in the “I Like Mike” section of the site Thursday morning. Archived versions of the campaign site show that the endorsements were removed sometime Monday night.
As I noted at Slate, conservatives are really being pulled in two directions here. On one hand, supporting a bunch of over-the-top religious nuts whose misogyny runs so deep that they can barely be moved to treat sexual abuse like it’s anything more than boyish antics isn’t a good look. On the other hand, the Duggars do piss off the liberals. Will wisdom win out over their baser urges? Between this scandal and the Dennis Hastert revelations this week, perhaps the greater question, does it ever?
After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon. I've been blogging under this banner for ten years, after Jesse Taylor asked me to join. He, in turn, had been running this joint since he was in college. A lot has changed since then. I became a journalist, moved from Austin to New York and learned to play Dungeons & Dragons. Jesse became a lawyer and, just this past weekend, a married man.
Carly Fiorina defends her lie with a whole bunch of lies
I do like it when Republican candidates sport a resume full of corporate executive work, because it really shows the public how many fools and idiots coast into that position not on merit but on their bullshitting abilities. Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and now we have Carly Fiorina, who just can't understand why her perceived underlings (voters, journalists) won't scurry away, pretending to accept her bullshit like former employees of hers had to do, lest they lost their jobs.
And so it goes that Fiorina, who could make this entire Planned Parenthood controversy go away by saying something like, "I may have misremembered the video, but I still think abortion is wrong," instead is doubling and tripling down. And every time she does, she lies more and more. She was on Meet the Press and, so enamored of the idea that she is perfect and could never do anything wrong, just went to town with the defensive posturing.
Marco Rubio has an astoundingly low opinion of women’s intelligence
At RH Reality Check, I covered this story that I wish was getting more press, about how Marco Rubio goes back and forth between suggesting that women who get abortions are greedy monsters who get pregnant for cash:
I just think you’ve created an industry now … a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue for purposes—these centers—for purposes of making a profit off it, as you’ve seen in some of these Planned Parenthood affiliates.