It’s notoriously difficult to make hay out of initial reactions to a Presidential campaign announcement. I’m still skeptical, but overall, reception for Rand Paul has been generally positive, the speech was good, and as far as God’s concerned, Rick Santorum probably needs to hang it up, since His choice is fairly clear: as Rand was announcing his triumphant plan to retake Washington DC, the lights went out across the District and Northern Virginia, including at the White House.
Obviously, I’m kidding. God is clearly a Mike Huckabee fan. He’s got the sweet chops on that bass.
Anyway, there’s at least one organization on Twitter that isn’t crazy about a Paul Presidency: Planned Parenthood. Who, despite keeping its collective ladymouth shut during Ted Cruz’s kickoff, lost it’s ever-loving mind on Twitter this morning, issuing Tweet after mildly hysterical Tweet about what a President Rand Paul would do to Planned Parenthood’s precious business model. This one is probably my favorite:
As Kemberlee rightly points out over at Legal Insurrection, Mad Men was actually never set in the 1950s. The entire series begins right after New Year’s in 1960. But that’s far from the most egregious misunderstanding that issued forth. Rand Paul thinks employers should be able to opt out of providing free birth control to employees! Rand Paul doesn’t like this massive healthcare law that pumps Planned Parenthood so full of cash that it rivals the GDP of a small, Eastern European nation! Rand Paul thinks that a womens’ clinic that claims to fill such a necessary niche role in the marketplace should be forced to compete with other for-profit providers!
The best part may have been when they got so hyped up over Rand Paul’s opposition to compuslory birth control coverage that they actually released the same Tweet several times. But it does closely rival this Tweet, which purports to show which of Rand Paul’s dastardly Congressional compatriots have openly called for birth control to be be banned and for women to be shackled to the bed and endure the forced pregnancies and sackcloth shirtwaist dresses of a dystopian Margaret Atwood novel. Even the Mike Huckabee quote, which is, to be fair, ridiculous and sexist, doesn’t demonstrate that Huckabee himself wants to personally clean out CVS of NuvaRings.
Planned Parenthood’s social media specialist really needs to put on her big girl panties, tuck in that lower lip, and start reading up on a little John Locke.