Gov. Nikki Haley went to New York City this week to attract attention for her memoir “Can’t Is Not an Option.” But on ABC’s “The View” Tuesday, she attracted the wrong kind of attention by saying, “Women don’t care about contraception.”
The governor, immediately challenged on that unfortunate comment by “View” regular Joy Behar, offered this clarification: “While we care about contraception, let’s be clear, all we’re saying is we don’t want government to mandate when we have to have it and when we don’t.”
This flap flowed from the Obama administration’s January edict that religious institutions, including Catholic schools, charities and hospitals, must provide full insurance coverage to female employees for not just contraception but sterilization and the “morning-after pill.”
Democrats have tried to cast conservatives’ justified objection to that infringement on religious freedom as a Republican “war on women.”
Count Gov. Haley’s gaffe Monday as another casualty of sorts in that war of words.
Maybe our governor will be more careful in her choice of words as her book tour continues.
Maybe she’ll take this embarrassing episode as a lesson learned in the perils lurking for elected officials who take time off to write (and sell) books instead of sticking to the jobs the voters gave them.
Yet at least the governor made a positive comeback Wednesday on “Imus in the Morning,” a nationally syndicated radio show that also airs on television’s Fox Business Channel.
Mrs. Haley, as she often does, told aging host Don Imus, “It’s a great day in South Carolina.”
Mr. Imus then asked what was so great about that particular day in our state. The governor happily replied:
“Unemployment’s down for the seventh month in a row, Charleston was just named the No. 1 vacation spot in the country and we continue to bring jobs, so all is good.”
So thanks for the plug for our Holy City, governor.
But please, one book tour per term should suffice.