Yesterday on Huffpost live Jon Huntsman, former presidential candidate and one of the few in the Republican party that still uses his brain, came out against Mitt Romney's support of Richard "your rape is a gift from god" Mourdock.
When asked about the comments from Mourdock, Huntsman replied:
"I cringe. It’s like fingers on a chalkboard every time I hear men talk about women’s health issues."
I Couldn't agree more myself Jon. This whole talk by unqualified old white dudes when it comes to women's health is pretty disturbing, and I'm sure many women agree. It's not the place of men who don't even understand how a woman's body actually works to try and legislate it.
That's like sticking a computer programmer who doesn't watch football into a game as a referee. Just like the replacement refs he's gonna make some bad calls.
But at least his bad calls only affect a game, whereas people like Mourdock can seriously affect women's health and lives. See people like Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney believe that you should have your rapists baby and then have to allow that rapist to be in that kids life. 31 states have laws that allow the rapists to file for custody and visitation rights. So first the women must have the rape baby, then allow that baby to be subjected to the father, a rapist.
I can see almost no circumstance where that works out for the child.
And then there is the support for personhood, where Mitt Romney assured people in a telephone call that he "absolutely supports the blunt amendment" which is a personhood bill that would ban abortion as well as many forms of hormonal birth control.
But that's okay, according to Rush Limbaugh every women on birth control is a slut.
Except that's completely wrong, just like everything else that comes out of Rushba the Hutt's mouth. According to NPR It's estimated that 1.5 million women on birth control take it for medical reasons.
But back to Huntsman, one other important thing he said during the interview was:
" This is a complete waste of time for Americans, and they know it, and they’re angered by this kind of talk."
Nail on the head, this is 2012, why the hell are we still fighting over women's rights?
Truth is the right in Washington doesn't care about this (aside from a few nutballs like Mourdock and Akin), but it gets votes. Bush had eight years to challenge abortion rights. He didn't even try to do anything about it. It's simply a red meat issue to toss out to the base in election season and the people eat it up.
So while Huntsman is right, it's a waste of time to bring it up as well it being a great distraction from the great middle class robbery Mitt Romney is planning. It's also something we on the left need to fight back on to protect women's rights.
As for Huntsman, if he really wants to be seen as sane and credible; he might as well jump off the sinking ship that is the Republican party and write off all those tea party crazies like Paul Ryan, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, etc. and come over the sane side. If it's good enough for Charlie Crist, it's good enough for you.
Whaddya say Jon?