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March 4, 2011

HUCKABEE TURNS HIS ATTENTION FROM A PRESIDENT TO A MOVIE STAR.... Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) has had quite a week, hasn't he? The Republican spent several days lashing out at President Obama with some vile attacks, which were as ugly as they were wrong, and were compounded by making the loathsome comments while paling around with a bigoted extremist.

Not quite done, the far-right preacher-turned-politician-turned-media-personality shifted his focus yesterday. Instead of targeting a president, Huckabee decided to go after a movie star.

In a radio appearance on Monday, Mike Huckabee attacked actress Natalie Portman for having a child "out of wedlock." Huckabee said that it's "troubling" to see people like "Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, 'Hey look, you know, we're having children, we're not married, but we're having these children, and they're doing just fine.'" Huckabee added that "it's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock."

Huckabee's remarks came in response to radio host Michael Medved, who discussed Portman's Academy Awards speech last Sunday. During her speech, Portman thanked fiance Benjamin Millepied, "who choreographed the film, and has now given me my most important role of my life." Medved said that Millepied "didn't give her the most wonderful gift, which would be a wedding ring! And it just seems to me that sending that kind of message is problematic."

Now, I don't know anything about Natalie Portman's private life, and I can't think of any reasons to care. Indeed, I find the very idea that a movie star's personal choices have a larger societal impact demonstrably ridiculous.

With that in mind, Huckabee is succeeding in positioning himself as a leading national culture warrior, but he also ends up looking like someone with bizarre priorities -- not to mention a guy with too much time on his hands. With all that's going on in the world, if you're focused on the marital status of movie stars, you're probably in need of a reality check.

But in the larger context, hearing about Huckabee's criticism reinforces the notion that we really are stuck in the 1990s. After all, are there any substantive differences between what Huckabee said yesterday about Natalie Portman and what Dan Quayle said about Murphy Brown in 1992? Other than the fact that Brown was a fictional character, the remarks are remarkably similar.

Indeed, I feel like this keeps coming up. What do we see on the political landscape? Republicans are talking about shutting down the government and impeaching the president; Newt Gingrich is talking about running for president; a Democratic president saw his party get slammed in the midterms; the right wants a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution; conservatives are falsely labeling a moderate health care reform plan "socialized medicine"; and some national GOP leaders are preoccupied with Hollywood and out-of-wedlock births.

The more things change....

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I think your being generous comparing the repubs actions now to the 90s. It's more like the 17th century.

Posted by: Gandalf on March 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

I'd take Natalie Portman's advice over Huckabee's any day.

Posted by: Ariel on March 4, 2011 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

I sure don't recall Huck going after Bristol Palin for getting pregnant at 17 while still in high school, unable to support herself and not engaged to Levi.

OTOH, Natalie Portman is 29 and self-supporting. I believe she is engaged, but even if she's not, she has the ability to provide for a child as a single mother.

Posted by: sue on March 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, poor Huck.
Pining for the Hollywood of old...

When Liz Taylor and Micky Rooney, and pretty much every other star, had to get "married" every time they wanted to get laid, or if they became pregnant, or got someone else pregnant!

And gay stars like Rock Hudson, or Monty Clift, Sal Mineo, had to have sham marriages, and/or maybe drink or drug themselves to death.

Now, those were lome of the Good Old Hollywood Family Values!" that Huck misses.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on March 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sure Huckleberry made similiar remarks to his FOX buddy Palin about her daughter having a baby out of wedlock.
I can just imagine Obama sitting back letting these fools dig themselves into deeper holes, also letting Boehner pick on social security, of course we know Boehner is all talk and no action, but it lets the public know exactly what they are dealing with (and who they elected into the majority)

Posted by: j on March 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

To a certain extent, it's all the right has - distraction, moral judgment, and not-so-subtle bigotry. The real meat and potatoes of the hard right is class war, but it doesn't play as well among those who will be its losers. Ergo, rile the rubes with culture-war nonsense.

This war has to be totalized in order to be waged. No nook or cranny is safe from its scorched-earth tactics. True, righties themselves are safe (Bristol Palin has nothing to worry about), but for the pagan hordes on the left, everything is fair game.

Posted by: walt on March 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

If we truly are stuck in the 90's, then by the end of Obama's term we ought to be running a federal surplus, paying down the debt, and enjoying a major economic surge.

Only this time around, let's not ruin it by putting a moron in the White House who will bring us a "lost decade" and take the U.S. and the world in the wrong direction on just about every dimension.

Pat attention, people. Politics matter.

Posted by: Robert Moskowitz on March 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

Michael Medved is still alive?

Posted by: Just a Liberal on March 4, 2011 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

If it comes down to who I'd like to have a beer with Natalie Portman or the Huckster, well...

President Portman sort of trips off your tongue doesn't it?

Posted by: SW on March 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

"It's deja vu all over again!" - The Great Yogi Berra.

We've seen this playbook before and Clinton still left office one of the most popular presidents in history, while Gingrich got tar-and-feathered by his own party and run out of town.

The good news? Now the Democrats should know exactly how to go on the offensive.

Now, do I really have to tell you what the bad news is? I pray I'm wrong...

Posted by: Kiweagle on March 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

So called "wedlock" is a rather recent concept in the course of human history, and seems to have little effect on the successful rearing/raising of a next generation.

Posted by: DAY on March 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

It's interesting the way that the inside-the-beltway view of Huckabee (smart, affable, not-crazy) falls apart on closer inspection. Turns out to be just another right-wing lunatic. And not a nice guy, either.

Posted by: MattF on March 4, 2011 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

"I'm sure don't recall Huck going after Bristol Palin for getting pregnant at 17 while still in high school, unable to support herself and not engaged to Levi."

-Will Disasta from Alaska will no longer heart Huck for his comments?

Posted by: Big Red on March 4, 2011 at 10:53 AM | PERMALINK

Shorter Huck: "'Bristol?' Never heard of her."

Posted by: ribber on March 4, 2011 at 10:53 AM | PERMALINK

SB-
Your post caused me to consult Wikipedia to look back at some "greatest hits" of Dan Quayle, some of which follow below. I think the Huck-a-boob CAN CONPETE IN THIS LEAGUE!
. . .
Bush named Quayle head of the Council on Competitiveness {OMG} and the first chairman of the National Space Council. {APROPOS, EH?} As head of the NSC he called for greater efforts to protect Earth against the danger of potential asteroid impacts.[11] {OY!}

Throughout his time as vice president, Quayle was widely ridiculed in the media and by many in the general public, in both the U.S. and overseas, as an intellectual lightweight and generally incompetent, if not outright stupid.[12] Contributing greatly to the perception of Quayle's incompetence was his tendency to make public statements that were either self-contradictory and confused ("The holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history.… No, not our nation's, but in World War II. I mean, we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century, but in this century's history"), impossible and confused ("I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future") or simply confused, as when he addressed the United Negro College Fund, whose slogan is "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," and said, "You take the UNCF model that what a waste it is to lose one's mind or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."[13]

Shortly after Bush announced the Space Exploration Initiative, which included a manned landing on Mars, Quayle was asked his thoughts on sending humans to Mars. In his response he made a number of errors: "Mars is essentially in the same orbit [as Earth]....Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe."[14]

His most famous blunder occurred when he mistakenly altered student William Figueroa's correct spelling of "potato" to "potatoe" at an elementary school spelling bee in Trenton, New Jersey, on June 15, 1992.[15][16] Although he was relying on cards provided by the school, which included the misspelling, Quayle was widely lambasted for his apparent inability to spell the word "potato". According to his memoirs, Quayle was uncomfortable with the version he gave, but did so because he decided to trust the school's incorrect written materials.

On May 19, 1992, Quayle gave a speech to the Commonwealth Club of California on the subject of the Los Angeles riots. In this speech, Quayle blamed the violence on a decay of moral values and family structure in American society. In an aside, he cited the single mother title character in the television program Murphy Brown as an example of how popular culture contributes to this "poverty of values", saying: "[i]t doesn't help matters when primetime TV has Murphy Brown — a character who supposedly epitomizes today's intelligent, highly paid, professional woman — mocking the importance of fathers, by bearing a child alone, and calling it just another 'lifestyle choice.'"[17]

The "Murphy Brown speech" became one of the most memorable incidents of the 1992 campaign. Long after the outcry had ended, the comment continued to have an effect on U.S. politics. Stephanie Coontz, a professor of family history and the author of several books and essays about the history of marriage, says that this brief remark by Quayle about Murphy Brown "kicked off more than a decade of outcries against the 'collapse of the family.'"[18] In 2002, Candice Bergen, the actress who played Brown, said "I never have really said much about the whole episode, which was endless, but his speech was a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable and nobody agreed with that more than I did."[19]

Posted by: SteveADor on March 4, 2011 at 10:53 AM | PERMALINK

His racism and anti-semitism are showing. First Obama is a Kenyan, now the very jewish Ms. Portman is a mother out of wedlock and evi.

But Bristol Palin: free pass.

Posted by: jjm on March 4, 2011 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

As a high school student, Natalie Portman made it to the semi-finals of the Intel competition and then studied neuroscience and the evolution of the mind at Harvard.

Mike Huckabee is a lying, race-baiting politician who thinks God created the earth in seven days.

If I had to pick a role model, it wouldn't be Huck.

Posted by: Melissa on March 4, 2011 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

Like Pawlenty, Huckabee is being tricked by the GOP base to adopt a wingnut-friendly persona that will make him unelectable.

This sort of reminds me of Giuliani in '08. Although I always personally found Giuliani to be an odious human being, if he had played the 9/11 card in a less partisan fashion since 2001 he might have actually won the nomination. After 9/11, Giuliani was "America's Mayor". Giuliani traded in that partisan-transcending identity to become a truly ugly partisan bomb-thrower. So, by 2008, Democrats pretty much hated him again and the GOP didn't trust him on social issues.

It may be phony, but Huckabee actually has a charismatic personality and he doesn't initially strike Democrats or independents as a typical, angry GOP asshole, like Gingrich or Palin. But he is blowing that edge by making these ugly and divisive statements.

Posted by: square1 on March 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

You'd think that a woman who had just won the most coveted award (Oscar) in a highly coveted and revered line of work (Acting) calling motherhood the best role of her life...would be celebrated by cultural conservatives!

Just nasty people.

Posted by: Mark on March 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

"Medved said that Millepied "didn't give her the most wonderful gift, which would be a wedding ring! And it just seems to me that sending that kind of message is problematic."

Newt Gingrich could have put him touch with a guy who can give him a bulk rate, and if he's short on cash, John Ensign's dad can give him a loan,

Posted by: Steve P on March 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

Huckabee's hijinks this week put pay to the fact that he has no real intention of running in '12. Like Newtie and Sister Sarah, he's in the business of selling the *idea* that he's in the race. All the Kenya, babies-out-of-wedlock nonsense is simply red meat to his book buying base. If he were serious about running, he's actually the one conservative candidate who doesn't need to run to the right, as his evangelical cred is already quite strong, especially considering that his chief rival for the nom would be the Mittster. His only shot at becoming Prez is by being the wingnut that can appeal to the center. Turning birther and attacking Natalie Portman is about one thing and one thing only: moving product.

Posted by: Millstream Pigworker on March 4, 2011 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

Ol' Huck's probably most offended by the fact that Portman is Jewish and proud of it, which no doubt cuts him to his very soul.

-Z

Posted by: Zorro on March 4, 2011 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

Let's look at it this way, Mike Hickabee is just being Mike Hickabee, playing to a special crowd.

Posted by: Ted76 on March 4, 2011 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

Huckabee is a man who knows about good parenting.

Hey, has his son been released from prison yet?

Posted by: hells littlest angel on March 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM | PERMALINK

Huck just wishes he was as bright as Natalie:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/science/01angier.html?scp=3&sq=natalie%20portman&st=cse

Posted by: Napoleon on March 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM | PERMALINK

Right-wing schizophrenia:

Women shouldn’t get pregnant out of wedlock. If they do they're sl-ts.

We support the corporate media culture that bombards young people with sexual messages even though that turns them into sl-ts.

Women shouldn’t have access to contraceptives, because that will also make them sl-ts.

We also don’t want sex education because that will make women into sl-ts.

We also don’t support healthcare for pregnant women because we should punish them for being sl-ts.

And we definitely don’t support abortion because, even though we don’t give a damn about the kid once they're born, mainly because their mothers are sl-ts.

So what we basically want is all you sl-tty women to get marry the first guy who bangs you and stay at home making babies.

And make damn sure they're white babies, because the Caucasian birthrate is down.

Oh, and they boys? Well, they get a free pass. After all, they wouldn’t even be doing it expect for all these sl-tty girls around.

Posted by: JEA on March 4, 2011 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

Arrogance and ignorance are a lethal combination.

And anyone that has seen the creepy Huckabee family portrait(with the matching shirts) and is aware of his son torturing an animal knows Mike isn't in a position to lecture people on raising children.

Posted by: Holmes on March 4, 2011 at 11:16 AM | PERMALINK

Am I the only one who noticed "out-of-children" [sic] wedlock?

Posted by: wmreader on March 4, 2011 at 11:23 AM | PERMALINK

BTW, I actually heard Huckabee say that ("out-of-children"), too.

Posted by: wmreader on March 4, 2011 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

Huck is jealous that she is smarter than he is
On Sunday night, the gorgeously pregnant Natalie Portman, 29, won an Oscar for her performance as Nina, a mentally precarious ballerina in the shock fantasy “Black Swan.” Among the lesser-known but nonetheless depressingly impressive details in Ms. Portman’s altogether too precociously storied career is that as a student at Syosset High School on Long Island back in the late 1990s, Ms. Portman made it all the way to the semifinal rounds of the Intel competition.

For those who know how grueling it can be to put together a prize-worthy project and devote hundreds of hours of “free” time at night, on weekends, during spring break and summer vacation, doing real, original scientific research while one’s friends are busy adolescing, the achievement is testimony enough to Ms. Portman’s self-discipline and drive. And then she went on to Harvard University to study neuroscience and the evolution of the mind.
Huck is a Fucking idiot compared to her

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/science/01angier.html

Posted by: John R on March 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK

OUCH Dept. - GOTP guru John Sununu had harsh words for a Huntsman primary try....NO, no, no, never....calling Huntsman an "Obamanite". Should have stayed in China, Mr. Huntsman.

Posted by: T2 on March 4, 2011 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

You would think that a preacher would remember that Mary of Nazareth had a child conceived out-of-wedlock. And look at what happened to him (or should I say, Him).

Posted by: arkie on March 4, 2011 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

Huckabee is an evildoer! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on March 4, 2011 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

T2 -

Huntsman ISN'T playing a 2012 game, and never was.

He is playing for 2016, when the field will be wide open and the Dems are unlikely to field Biden due to age - he will be 73 in 2015 when the '16 race gets underway.

Posted by: SteveADor on March 4, 2011 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

A speculation: he's using the Palin model.

Palin likes to pick fights. It defines her, it keeps attention on her, it rallies the base. By "picking enemies" Huckabee apes her methods, but perhaps hopes the more folksy image he's cultivated will give him broader appeal.

Posted by: Fang on March 4, 2011 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

Huck can't help himself. He's got that tiger blood and Adonis DNA thing going on, and we all know what that can do to a mind.

Posted by: Petorado on March 4, 2011 at 12:02 PM | PERMALINK

For that matter, his remarks aren't substantively different from those of Ayn Rand who testified before Congress that Ingrid Bergman was a Commie for all practical purposes after she left her husband for Rossellini. After all, said Aynnie, don't Commies believe in breaking up the family? I don't know whether that was before or after Ms. Rand began cheating on her own husband with a teenaged fan.

As for Huckabee, he'd never in his life have stood a prayer with a woman as beautiful as Portman. Not saying that's WHY he's so disgusted at the idea of her getting laid by someone else -- just sayin' . . .

Posted by: T-Rex on March 4, 2011 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK

He's making a shot at Palin. He doesn't actually care one way or the other about Portman. He's making a shot at how Bristol's out-of-wedlock pregnancy was glorified. He can't do that directly without drawing Sarah's ire. But he knows there are lots of older social and religious conservatives out there who were horrified at the way Bristol's pregnancy was treated as something honorable.

Posted by: jpeckjr on March 4, 2011 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

Why did he attack Portman instead of Bristol Palin?

We're watching the regression of mike huckabee...it's a hoot!!

Posted by: Jilli on March 4, 2011 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

"With all that's going on in the world, if you're focused on the marital status of movie stars, you're probably in need of a reality check."

Kidding, right?
What they're really concerned with, if you check the rhetoric that isn't in the mass media every day, is that we "removed God from our schools."
That's when it all started to go south, see? And it all follows from -- and was caused by -- that (and all the other, but lesser, acts of de-sanctifying public life -- ie, hostility to and assaults on God Himself).
The only reason we don't see and hear this rhetoric from them on a daily basis is that they've come to realize that normal human beings (even highly religious ones) recognize this for the insanity that it is.
But check where they "know" (with the same accuracy with which they know everything else about how the world actually works) nobody's listening -- Free Republic is a good place to start, if you can stomach it -- and you'll find this is still very high up, if not first and foremost, on the stacks in their anxiety closets.
These people are, to repurpose Mr Haldane's famed observation of the universe at large, "not only queerer than we imagine, [they are] queerer than we can imagine" -- and not in the good way.

Posted by: smartalek on March 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

Didn't Nancy "Just Say No" Reagan admit that she was pregnant BEFORE she and Saint Ronnie got married? Were they even engaged at that point? (Must have been imaculate conception.) I recall that the Murphy Brown character wondered why Dan Quayle couldn't appreciate the fact that she didn't have an abortion. Oh well, it is terrible to waste one's mind.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on March 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

"Huck just wishes he was as bright as Natalie"
Posted by: Napoleon on March 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM

When speaking either Bible-Belt or Wingnut (closely related, but not identical, dialects), and the subject is the intelligence, actual or reputed, of persons of the "Jewish persuasion" (or "Hebra-o-Americans"), I believe the preferred terms are "clever," or "shrewd."
If among only people one knows very well, and can be confident have no... alien sympathies... the words "wily" or "crafty" will do nicely.
"Smart" can also be used, but only with a visible and audible sneer, and considerably drawn out: "They own all the banks, Wall St, the media, Hollyweird -- they're so smaaaart, don'tcha know?"
I would really love to hear what Huck says about quite a few subjects when the mics are off and the tape not rolling (or when he thinks they are).

Posted by: smartalek on March 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

I think somebody somewhere mentioned this in so many words but this is a classic case of the repub strategy of watch the monkey. That is watch the monkey i'm holding above my head while with my other hand I reach into your pockets and take all your money.

Posted by: Gandalf on March 4, 2011 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

Why did he attack Portman instead of Bristol Palin?

She's Hollywood and Jewish.

Posted by: doubtful on March 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

Huck's kid hung a dog from a tree and slit it's throat, right? Such good parenting.

Posted by: ack ack ack on March 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Huckster is proof that not only is there evolution, but that sometimes it moves in reverse.

Posted by: N W Barcus on March 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

It says a lot about what Huckleberry thinks is important when he opts for a diamond ring as being more important than a child. I am not sure that he is a person who should be making decisions that affect real people since his materialism is just so crass and overwhelming. As you recall, he made a career while governor of accepting favors even though some of them were specifically prohibited by law. His excuse was something on the line of it would be impolite to refuse.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on March 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Anyone else notice the part where Huckabee said:


"Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care."


A Republican admitting that without government assistance, kids would starve and go without health care. Even as his party is feverishly working to get rid of as much of that assistance as possible, you have a potential GOP presidential contender inadverdantly praising government help to poor women and children.


Posted by: bhlop67 on March 4, 2011 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

I agree that Huckabee's criticism of Portman is offbase. However, his larger point is an economic, not moral, one and is valid--that most single mothers in this country don't have Portman's financial resources, can't support a child and, as a result, use up a significant amount of government resources.

Truth be told, I suspect that this was really intended as a dig at his potential primary opponent, Sarah Palin.

Posted by: DRF on March 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

I guess Mike Huckabee thinks he's Dan Quayle, Natalie Portman is Murphy Brown, and that it's actually 1991. What's the opposite of #winning?

Posted by: loopecho on March 4, 2011 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

Every dollar spent on contraceptives saves the US $4 down the road in health care costs. Yet the GOP wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood.

It's been shown time and again that when teenagers are given truthful information about sex education and contraception, teenage pregnancy rates go down. Yet the GOP prefers abstinence-only education based on Biblical standards.

They oppose abortion, wanting women to carry every child to term, even if they can't afford it.

Conservatives love to bitch about the cost of health care, yet they oppose the health care act, which would give tens of millions of uninsured people (including unmarried mothers!) access to health care, meaning less emergency room visits for basic care, and lower premiums and more choices for everyone as a result.

They like to complain about poor African American mothers, while ignoring the disproportionate amount of black males currently in jail/being sent to jail. Not to mention the tax breaks for corporations who pull up shop and ship overseas, leaving many inner-city areas devoid of economic development. You know, jobs.

If Sarah Palin were a poor, single mother, sure this might be a dig. But last time I checked, she was doing just fine.

Posted by: gyuiot30000000 on March 4, 2011 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

I'm pretty sure that it should be "palling around with", unless you're either trying to say they were erecting a fence of upright sticks or you're trying to allude to the Palins somehow.

Posted by: josef on March 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

Not only did Hucksterbee's son torture and kill a dog, the old man fired the prosecuter who filed the animal cruelty charges:

http://www.pensitoreview.com/2007/12/17/details-of-huckabees-dog-torture-episode-coming-out/

Posted by: Vicente Fox on March 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

he also ends up looking like someone with bizarre priorities

Nope. He just ends up looking like your standard-issue Southern Baptist moron, brushing the sawdust from behind his ears, and off his jacket after rolling around in it.

Posted by: TCinLA on March 4, 2011 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

IIRC, didn't Murphy Brown, the fictional character, decide to have the baby despite the fact that the father didn't want the committment? And she had a career and a good income to support her decision without going on public assistance.

So, in fact, Murphy Brown should be a character the wingnuts admire. So should Portman.

Posted by: g on March 4, 2011 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

I understand there's a move afoot to revive "Murphy Brown," starring Natalie Portman. I think it'd be an instant hit.

Ed

Posted by: Ed Drone on March 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

Let's get in the Wayback Machine, Mr. Peabody!

Everyone remember years back when the Republicans thought they had a real winner when they said a major problem America had was the destigmatization of "bastards".

How great it was when we condemned out of wedlock kids?

Went over like a lead balloon. Crushing children's self-esteem just wasn't the feel-good hit they'd thought it would be.


Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on March 5, 2011 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

Did you know that Leykis and people born August 1 of leap years or August 2 of common years are spontaneous? “First this individual laughs, and then whines, then this individual makes declarations of love. 1st he or she is affectionate, and then he is hurting deeply. Hurting from… Well, just hurting, because he or she really wants to.” I believe it could be nice to get a partner like this, however I suppose it might seem to be too much to handle to some. birthday - Catalog of human population (chp)

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