What Romney getting the GOP presidential nod didn’t do, what the Paul Ryan veep pick didn’t do, what Donald Trump speaking at the RNC didn’t do, Todd Akin managed to do: Fire up the base . . . sort of. Only thing, when Todd Akin spoke the words, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he fouled his own nest – not because what he said was shocking to the GOP (quite to the contrary), but because what he said framed what the GOP already thinks, packaged the GOP platform neatly into a horrifyingly ugly package for the country to see, and directed a spotlight into the sewer of extreme right-wing minds, including the mind of Paul Ryan, a man who teamed up with Akin to craft some pretty horrible legislation.… [Read more]
“You mean you were raped?” “Well, at first…”
– Monty Python’s Life of Brian, 1979
As national Republicans were trying in vain to make “legitimate rape” armchair gynecologist gaffer Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) “take one for the team”, the Party of No merrily blundered on in their crusade against women’s reproductive rights.
Missouri’s statutory party candidate switcheroo deadline came and went, but the errant Rep.… [Read more]
Reminiscent of Japanese fleeing Godzilla, Republicans are scrambling from Missouri U.S. Senate nominee Rep. Todd Akin (R)’s comments on Sunday stating that women had natural defenses against getting pregnant from a rape. Before lunch on Monday, G.O.P. Senators, including Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) put the proverbial loaded pistol (Mitt Romney checked the bullets) on Akin’s desk urging him to quit the race for the good of the Republican party.… [Read more]