Seems I missed out. It’s been almost a week since Missouri Representative Todd Akin went all “I’m an ignorant douche and don’t care who knows it” on the national stage, with this statement that defies both any sense of decency or understanding of science:
“It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
Pretty much everything that can be said about Todd Akin himself has already been said (the best comes from Jim Wright), so I’m not going to get too deeply into Akin’s comments in the sense of what they say about him and his mindset (especially since he already gave that exclusive to The Onion).
No, there’s something else this idiot’s comments bring up that I think is more important anyway.
See, since he made these comments, the Republican party has made a big show about trying to get Akin to drop out of the race (Claire McCaskill, for her part, has encouraged Akin to stay in the election. I can only imagine why, maybe because he’s now the easiest of targets for her to defeat, but I digress). But the platform of the party backs up Akin’s views. It’s been no secret for decades that they want Roe v Wade overturned completely, with no exceptions for anyone, under any circumstances. The party’s pretty much made it clear that they don’t want him to drop out because of what he said, but because he said it out loud.
Even their vice presidential candidate vocally agrees with Akin (why this isn’t being harped on in the “liberal” press, with all its supposed bias, is beyond me).
Yes, you heard right, “the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.” So a cluster of a couple hundred stem cells is always more important than the life and wishes of the person in whom that cell cluster resides. Wow. Just… wow. Obviously, Paul Ryan doesn’t think there should be any exception at all, for any reason whatsoever. And he’s the darling of the party and the man they are hoping to install as the second most powerful man in the world (though, and I wouldn’t be surprised in any way to discover that this is the case, I suspect that party leaders are looking for a situation similar to Bush/Cheney, where the POTUS is just a figurehead, being controlled and manipulated from behind the scenes by a VP who is, for all intents and purposes, immune to any repercussions from such policy decisions, but again, I digress).
It’s clear to anyone who can read or understand the English language that the Republican platform is exactly what Todd Akin advocates. The only reason they don’t want him to say it out loud is that such a position is still fairly unpopular with any but the most backward and ignorant Americans. And here’s where we get to the crux of the matter… with part 2 tomorrow