Todd Akin must step aside NOW!
If you pay attention to politics you have heard the comments made by Missouri Republican Senate hopeful Todd Akin; comments so stupid that Barack Obama felt emboldened enough to come out of his press bunker and make a surprise showing at the White House press briefing where coincidentally the first question asked of him after weeks of silence was about the beleaguered candidate.
I have to admit that when I first heard the comments I thought that Akin must have misspoken, there is no way he could believe some rapes were legitimate while others were not. My feeling was that what he was trying to differentiate between was legitimate claims of rape and false claims of rape. I am sure there are cases where women have lied about being raped either to gain revenge on someone who wronged them, or perhaps a scared young woman who didn’t want her parents to know she was having sex, and I thought that might have been what he was talking about.
However, when he issued his apology he simply stated that he misspoke but he didn’t attempt to clarify his remarks. This bothers me; if he was talking about false claims of rape like I thought why didn’t he say that when he apologized? It doesn’t make sense unless he really wasn’t talking about false claims of rape.
And then there is the second part of his statement where he basically says a woman cannot get pregnant unless she wants to. A woman cannot shut down her reproductive system any time she wants to; this is a line that teenage boys have been using on teenage girls for decades, (and it doesn’t work,) it is not something a man who wants to be a United States Senator says, it is outrageous and indefensible.
I would normally point out the hypocrisy of the left here and talk about the faux outrage many of those who didn’t seem to be outraged by Whoopi Goldberg’s defense of Roman Polanski because he didn’t commit rape rape–thereby expressing the same sentiment as Todd Akin that some rapes were not legitimate rapes–are expressing here now that a Republican has made this statement. But the actions of those people, or the lack of action in the case of Whoopi Goldberg, is not a defense for Todd Akin because Whoopi Goldberg wasn’t running for office.
Let us take a look at the political ramifications of this asinine statement:
Todd Akin needs to do us all a favor and give up his Senate bid, in doing so he will do us all a favor. Whether he really meant what he said or if he misspoke, it doesn’t matter.
Claire McCaskill is considered to be one of the Democrats most at risk of losing her Senate seat and with his moronic statement it is quite likely that he has handed her the victory and thusly deeply hurt the Republicans’ chances of gaining control of the Senate.
On top of that he has fallen right into the Democrats’ war on women trap and has handed the Democrats an issue which will be used against all Republicans from now until November no matter how strongly they come out against him.
Todd Akin has already embarrassed himself, if he stays in the race he will embarrass the whole Republican party–if he hasn’t already. He has until 5:00 tomorrow evening to do the right thing.