That Fox & Friends panders to the extremist base of the GOP was underscored yesterday when Roger Ailes' personal attorney, Cardinal Dolan's pal, Knight of Malta, and Fox "friend" Peter Johnson Jr. interviewed Virginia's current Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli about whether government poses a "threat" to personal freedom. Personal freedom? Really? While Cuccinelli hates Obamacare and federal regulations, he is also a militant anti-abortion activist who doesn't have a problem with government threatening the reproductive freedom of Virginia's women. Yet Johnson (who, according to Steve Colbert, has the dubious distinction of having three names that mean penis) thinks that Cuccinelli is awesome. Guess we know who Fox News will be supporting in the VA governor's race?!
Johnson cited a Pew poll which has 53% of respondents agreeing that government threatens your personal rights and freedoms. That there were sizable differences in race, age, and political affiliation wasn't mentioned. And obviously personal rights and freedoms mean different things to different people. He introduced his guest, Ken Cuccinelli, as "one of our great attorneys general in the United States." He promoted Cuccinelli's new book, "The Last Line of Defense." Johnson wanted to know "if the days of constitutionalist government are over?" (Oh yes, the socialist/marxist/Muslim president has established a dictatorship...) In an obvious meme alert, Johnson wanted to know is the "federal government is overreaching every day."
Cuccinelli didn't think it was every day but it was still pretty bad. He bragged about how VA "beat the EPA," which he calls the "employment prevention agency." He bragged that the effort to fight the EPA was bi-partisan. He cited the court decision about the president's recess appointments as another victory. Johnson segued into Obamacare with his comment (and meme alert) about "massive health care run by the United States." To Johnson question of what people can do, Cuccinelli recommended that they vote. He closed with a comment about how states are the "last line of defense" against the government.
Ken Cuccinelli is what's known in the trade as a "whack." From his book, we learn that he thinks that Medicare, a program that helps seniors cope with health care costs, is "despicable, dishonest, and worthy of condemnation" and, along with Social Security, Food Stamps, and Medicaid, "make people dependent on government." He believes "all welfare is unconstitutional." His health care plan would not cover reconstructive surgery after breast cancer, mammograms, and maternity leave. (Nice family values there!) He thinks global warming is a conspiracy. He believes that gay sex should be illegal.
But while he wants government out of people's lives, he doesn't have a problem with the government in a woman's gynecologist's office and in her uterus. He wants an abortion ban even in cases of rape and incest. He supports "personhood" which would outlaw abortion as well as fertility treatments. And the only regulations that Ken supports are those which place unnecessary mandates on abortion clinics and as such, make it difficult for them to stay open."
Ken Cuccineli is a "great" attorney general? Only in the right wing extremist world of Fox & Friends!!!