Amy: Yes Doctor the press, asks questions and the president answers them that’s what’s supposed to happen.
The 11th Doctor: No Amy that not what they’re supposed to be doing, it’s not remotely what they’re supposed to be doing, well I mean to say it IS what they are supposed to be doing, but it not what they are supposed to be doing.
This morning on Morning Joe Mika & company continue to go all in on the war on women hitting Mike Huckabee & now Rand Paul for daring to suggest that a party who celebrate a person who used his authority to get sex from a young subordinate has no business talking about a “war on women”.
Somehow despite my best efforts the case of Democrat State Rep Carlos Henriquez who stubbornly retains his seat in Massachusetts after being CONVICTED two weeks ago of assaulting a women who refused to have sex with him and being told by the judge at sentencing.
“When a woman tells you she doesn’t want to have sex, that means she does not want to have sex.”
…has not become part of the entire “War on Women” narrative.
Now some might call this a local issue but those same people who do never fail to report on the latest escapades of a certain chubby mayor in a completely different country.
So lets play a game of imagination. Let’s take our TARDIS & fly to an alternative reality where instead of Carlos Henriquez being a Democrat Hispanic Representative from Boston he’s a republican state Rep from St. Louis Missouri and examine what the time line of events concerning him would have looked like:
July 2012: Missouri State Rep Carlos Henriquez (R-St Louis)arrested in St. Louis & charged with Kidnapping & assault of a young women after she escaped his car in the wee hours of the morning.
July 2012: The St Louis Post dispatch does a front page story on the Missouri Republican and his rise to power in a strong republican district.
July 2012: The Claire McCaskill re-election campaign denounces representative Carlos Henriquez and calls upon him to withdraw from the race and cites him as an example of the GOP war on women and calls on GOP candidate Todd Akin to demand Rep Henriquez’s immediate resignation & withdrawal.
July 2012: Around the Morning Joe table the next day Mika Cites the Henriquez case as yet another embarrassment for Rep Todd Akin campaign with women. David Axelrod brings up Henriquez in context of the GOP War on Women and calls on the Mitt Romney campaign to not only denounce him but demand that Todd Akin withdraw for not doing so.
July 2012: Later that day Mitt Romney at a stop in Florida is asked about Henriquez, he makes a statement saying that while he doesn’t want to prejudge the accused rep guilt not knowing the case, given the seriously of the charges calls on Rep Henriquez to withdraw from the race
July 2012: the MSM picks up the meme and on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS & MSNBC shows Henriquez is made the posterboy for the entire War on Women theme and candidates nationwide including Scott Brown in Massachusetts are asked about it. Elizabeth Warren calls it the most extreme example of the GOP war on woman.
July 2012: Rachael Maddow has Sandra Fluke on her show to talk about Henriquez and how he represents all republicans. Demands the RNC not spend any money on candidates in Missouri until Rep Henriquez has resigned and withdrawn from his race.
July 2012: Jon Stewart & Steven Colbert pick up the story with the caption: Henriquez: enemy combatant, war on women
July 2012: On all the Sunday shows Henriquez is brought up, National GOP Chair Renice Priebus is asked Henriquez by David Gregory on Meet the Press.
July 2012: The National GOP & the Missouri GOP jointly endorse Rep Henriquez opponent in the state race and vow to do all they can to defeat Mr. Henriquez if he refuses to resign and withdraw.
July 2012: After a week of overwhelming national pressure Rep Carlos Henriquez resigns from the Missouri house in order to devote full time to his defense.
Aug-Nov 2012: When the subject of the “War on Women” is brought up Carlos Henriquez is cited in the list of GOP offenders.
Jan 15 2014: The day after Carlos Henriquez is sentenced to 6 months for Assault all the morning shows and evening political shows bring up the Henriquez case and ask how it will affect the midterms for the GOP.
I challenge any honest person to dispute that this is what we would have seen.
Update: Ed Morrissey on the Rand Paul stuff:
Yes, let’s judge Hillary on her talents and vision. Let’s mull over all her accomplishments in the US Senate … and when you find some, we’ll do that. How about her tenure as Secretary of State? It started with a badly translated “reset button” that presumed all of our troubles with Russia were George Bush’s fault, and ended with four dead Americans in Benghazi after Hillary and Barack Obama turned Libya into a failed-state playground for al-Qaeda. Her final assessment of Benghazi? “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
The only real argument for Hillary as a presidential candidate is Bill Clinton nostalgia. Paul was just reminding us of why even that is hypocrisy on stilts.
Update 2: Welcome Jawa report readers. You can see my larger post on the subject here, Listen to my rant about it on Saturday’s radio show below here
and my interview with the Mass GOP chair talking about this on the radio show the PREVIOUS SATURDAY here:
Henriquez came up at 11:30 in the interview remember that was Jan 18th
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