If you condemn Democrats for insulting women, you are insulting women. If you profess your admiration for all that women have accomplished in recent decades, as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky did on Meet the Press over the weekend, you are guilty of minimizing and therefore aiding and abetting the War on Women. There is no way out because the War on Women is a contentless political gotcha game.
Opposing the contraception mandate makes you ipso facto a combatant in the War on Women. The mandate is used as a handy bludgeon. If you believe employers should be free of a federal mandate forcing them to cover contraception, the argument goes, you believe that women are second-class citizens or you want to ban contraception. It is never considered that women without this coverage might buy their own contraception. This was the mindset that Huckabee attempted to lampoon at the RNC, declaring at the same time, “Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women.”
What is astounding is that the War on Women rubric works. It is the dumbest successful electoral framing since the “log cabin and hard cider” campaign of William Henry Harrison in 1840. If Huckabee hadn’t been made into the villain, it would have been someone else soon enough.