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Friday, February 10, 2012

Cal Thomas, Rachel Maddow and Birth Control

Cal Thomas used to be virtually the only rightwing pundit who didn’t stoop to personal attacks.  His column appears one day a week in our local paper.  Amy Goodman’s column is right below his.  How’s that for contrast?

Cal Thomas recycles all of the standard rightwing talking points, but he sugarcoats them with his gentlemanly folksy writing style.  But he must have gotten swept up in the frenzy of hatred and bigotry during his speech at CPAC.

Before Cal Thomas’ speech, a video had been playing where Rachel Maddow said Republicans were waging a war on contraception.  Cal Thomas chimed in with:

“I’m glad that you played the Rachel Maddow clip because I think she is the best argument in favor of her parents using contraception.  I would be all for that. And all of the rest of the crowd at MSNBC, too, for that matter.”

OOOOOHHH!!!  Well, now that the door has been opened:

A year or two ago The Rude Pundit wrote that Cal Thomas always looks like he’s watching somebody masturbate.  (This is the picture that appears next to Cal Thomas’ column.)

Pretty good description, no?

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

As opposed to "paying for contraception", there are indications that insurers will charge more for NOT covering contraception due to the cost of unintended pregnancies.

Republicans are trying to increase the cost of healthcare. It is well documented that preventive care lowers healthcare costs.

Way to go, GOP!

February 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Cal Thomas looks like the villain in a David Lynch movie...somebody who does very, very bad things.

February 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Yeah, I can see what you mean about that picture.:-)

February 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

It's really too bad there are not retroactive abortions for these assboils. They are really bent about Rachel because she is as sharp as a tack and that scares them.

February 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

Fucking amazing.

Check this, Tom:


Great Maddow response.

February 11, 2012 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: True, we all know that preventive care lowers healthcare costs. But that's based on logic, and wingtards don't speak that language.

J: LOL. Now that you mention it, I can almost hear that Lynch-ian ominous music when I look at that face.

Mauigirl: Yup, good description.

Jess: You're right, logic and intelligence are the scariest things in the world to a rightwing assboil.

Carlos: Thanks for the link. Excellent response.

February 11, 2012 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I thought Cal looked lots more like a perv when he had a mustache; he vaguely resembled John Waters. Now he just pretty much looks like a dweeb, and he writes like one too.

I find it amazing how as the Republican primaries are ramping up, their emphasis is once again on abortion (and now contraception). What happened to their concern about the economy, and why have they not put forth any serious effort to create jobs?

I guess this issue is more important to them. I don't think that will attract many moderate voters to their side. When it gets right down to it their platform is not about fixing the economy or helping people get back to work, or rebuilding the nation. It's mostly a punitive platform, with lip service to some things that matter to a wide range of Americans but an emphasis placed on the things that they have to emphasize in order to get the vote of the Religious Right, which is neither religious nor right, and without whom they could not win elections.

They are the nation's first religious political party. I didn't think that kind of thing was supposed to happen in America.

February 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I think these culture war issues will backfire on the Republicans. They can't run on the economy since it's slowly improving, but they'll do even worse if they bring birth control and abortion back into the spotlight.

February 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

I believe you are right, Tom. I made a comment similar in this regard at J. Marquis' blog. Whatever disgust voters have with Obama could well be greatly outweighed by the disgust they have for the Republican party in general.

Good luck getting moderates and independents to vote for you, you silly Republicans. 8-)

February 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Cal Thomas is to political thinkers and commentators what the Chevy Chevette is to well-designed, well-made cars.

February 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

the thing is that Obama wants the insurers to provide birth control for free. Bottom line is who is paying for it. Everyone I know who has medical insurance pays a copay for their prescriptions.
Why not then give Viagra for free and a weekend Honeymoon suite while we are at it.
Obama purposely picked this fight after watching the debates so he can scare everyone into thinking conservatives are going to make birth control illegal.
Only stupid people can't see this. And we have alot of dumbed down followers of Obama.
Like this rhodes scholar

February 14, 2012 at 6:45 AM  

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