"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Mike Huckabee on Thursday attempted to issue a corrective to the prevailing narrative around GOP policy in recent years: Republicans aren’t waging a war on women, they are waging a war for women!
“I think it’s time Republicans no longer accept listening to the Democrats talk about a ‘war on women,’” Huckabee said during a speech at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting. “The fact is the Republicans don’t have a war on women, they have a war for women, to empower them to be something other than victims of their gender.”
Huckabee then denounced politicians who support reproductive rights for treating women as though they are “helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”
Plenty of women use birth control to regulate their fertility and take control of their sex lives, while others use it for reasons that have nothing to do with unplanned pregnancy or casual sex. This seems to trouble very few people who are not elected Republican officials or daytime radio personalities.
Beyond that, to argue that denying women comprehensive health coverage – that they pay for – is somehow empowering to women is, of course, complete nonsense. (As is the mirror conservative talking point that gutting social safety net programs like unemployment insurance and food assistance programs “helps” people who are struggling.) It is also especially rich for a deeply anti-choice Republican like Huckabee to pay lip service to the idea that the government should stay out of women’s reproductive health decisions. It’s also especially especially rich to make these remarks at a meeting that was reschedule in order to accommodate member attendance at an annual march against abortion rights.
But Huckabee’s “war for women” is certainly the punchiest bit of branding the party has come up with since its latest effort to convince women voters that Republicans think they are people.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)