It's not easy being in a position where your words are always being scrutinized, fact-checked, and quoted without context—but that's the life of a politician.
It's easy to go off message in live interviews and debates, when unleashing some deeply bonkers comment can end your political career (think Todd Akin and "legitimate rape"). That's why written speeches are so alluring. Your message is thought through and polished into something you, your peers, and your advisors can agree on.
So, how did no one see the problem with this whopper in the GOP's official rebuttal of last night's State of the Union Address? (Watch at 7:42.)
"Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government's."
As Planned Parenthood Action pointed out on their Facebook page, mere hours before the rebuttal was delivered, this happened:
And that's only the most recent in a sharp upward trend of conservative legislators—most often on the state level—pulling out all the stops to limit reproductive rights and access to health care. We could spend all day screencapping headlines to match the 70 state-level abortion restrictions passed in 2013 alone, but instead we'll deliver an internet-approved rebuttal reaction—gifs.
When we heard Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers say "Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government's" ➙
HOLLY HARRISON, WEB EDITOR AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR