Rick Perry's Crotch Shot
Mandatory health insurance, no. Mandatory injections to protect your vagina, yes.
(Readings I recommend: Jay Root of the Texas Tribune and Igor Volsky at Think Progress have the best roundups of Perry's bobbing and weaving on the HPV mandate. Steven Ertelt at Life News says Perry's recent apology for the vaccination order is mollifying social conservatives. Michelle Malkin shreds Perry's handling of the issue. Irin Carmon in Jezebel ridicules Perry aides who used premarital virgins to defend the order. Joe Hyde at the Rick Perry Report says Perry made the vaccine mandatory so that insurers would have to cover it.)
Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.
Photograph of Rick Perry by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.