WA Republican Says Maria Cantwell Is Unqualified to Talk About Birth Control Because She's an Unmarried Woman
What year is this again? Oh, and what decade?
An opponent, state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, denounced her for signing a Senate letter arguing that the so-called "morning after" birth control pill should be available over the counter at pharmacies. Baumgartner said that Cantwell was not qualified to talk on the issue because she isn't married.
On Tuesday, I wrote about how Republicans would have a fighting chance at this contraception debate if they stayed on the message that it was only about religious liberty, but because their visceral need to slut-shame is so great that they just can't do it. They are incapable of applying their habitual message discipline to this issue because they really, really hate the idea of women being on control of their own sexuality.
The very next night, during the latest GOP Cavalcade of Clowns, the point was illustrated perfectly. Gingrich and Romney stayed on-message, insisting that birth control isn't an issue and it was all about freedom to worship as one pleases and people's "conscience."
But Santorum couldn't do it -- he launched into a long diatribe about how perverse our culture had become depraved and bizarrely implied that birth control leads to more children being born out of wed-lock.
And then Ron Paul, responding to the idea that birth control "causes immorality," said: I don't see it that way. I think the immorality creates the problem of wanting to use the pills. So you don't blame the pills. I think it's sort of like the argument -- conservatives use the argument all the time about guns. Guns don't kill, criminals kill."
Having suggested that having sex is immoral -- and let's be very clear here: this includes married couples, the vast majority of whom use contraceptives -- and then gone on to compare it with criminals shooting up the joint, the crowd gave him a huge ovation.
They just can't help themselves. And as TPM notes, it's taking a toll on the presumed front-runner...