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Krauthammer: Republicans Should Talk Policy, Not 'Libido'

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 06:39 PM

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and all politicians should stay away from using inflammatory words like "libido" that tend to get them in trouble, says Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post.

Krauthammer was referring to the ruckus Republican Huckabee made when he was accusing Democrats of pushing women to believe “they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government.”

"It's kind of a weird statement," Krauthammer told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV on Thursday.

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"It was weird and we ought to make a list of words which Republicans should never speak. Why are we talking about libido? We should talk about policy. We talk about policy, we win."

But Krauthammer believes Huckabee was right, even if he didn't say it in a politically correct way.

"Democrats, basically he is saying, are always insisting on contraceptives because they believe that women need protection of the federal government to be able to control their own libido," he said.

"I know a lot of liberals, I've never heard one ever say that and I don't know one who ever thinks that. They don't think in those terms. If they make the case, then I give them the credit for this in terms of sincerity. It's usually because they think there are women who can't afford it and thus the government ought to provide it.

"It's the classic rule by law that if you need x because you can't afford it for whatever reason, the government ought to give you x as a freebie.

"But it's not because they think women's libido is out of control, if anything, that's a view that comes from Victorian times 100 years ago from other precincts . . . Huckabee simply got it wrong."

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