I would like to begin by sending my thanks to Congressman Todd Akin for making my job as a blogger so fun and easy. When bloggers like myself hear moron make comments like this, it makes us smile and shake our heads…knowing that we have some fun writing to do. In case you have missed it, here’s the controversial statement Akin made in an interview when asked if he would support abortions for women who were raped:
“It seems to me first of all from what I understand from doctors that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, you know, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be in the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
Apparently in Moronville, where Akin lives, women who get pregnant from rape aren’t really victims, they must have wanted it or their bodies would have just stopped the pregnancy. Unfortunately, in the real world, it doesn’t work like that. He’s tried to come out and make excuses for his stupidity, but it won’t work. Akin says he misspoke when he said this and he was making a point about forcible rape. Nice try. Still doesn’t fly. A study published in Human Nature in 2003 found that the per incident pregnancy rate with rape was 6.42 percent. The per incident rate for women having consensual sex was only 3.1 percent. When asked about this statistic, Dr. Lauren Streicher, an assistant professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, said that it makes sense. “Women that have consensual sex are usually aware of where they are in a cycle…part of consensual sex is being able to say no….You let me know if you find the doctor that knows how a uterus knows which sperm to ward off.”
So the medical evidence is against him. His own words are against him. I don’t care if he backtracks and tries to say he meant “forcible” rape. He said legitimate. Those two words are not alike in meaning or structure. It’s not something you confuse unless you meant to say forcible because you knew you would look like an idiot for saying what you meant. Well, you were right…you look like an idiot Akin.
However, the most damning evidence is the fact that the rest of the Republican party is calling for him to resign from the race. The people who are in the midst of a war on women are telling this guy he has gone too far. (What they really mean is that he shouldn’t be giving out Republican war plans.) This includes the tea baggers. It’s a very rare day when Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips and I are in agreement, but in his response to Akin’s plea for forgiveness Judson said, “Just because we forgive him for doing something stupid does not mean we should now support his idiotic decision to try and continue his campaign…There are two kinds of mistakes politicians can make. There are those that are recoverable and those that are not. At least for this election, Akin’s mistake is not a recoverable one.” This is in conjunction with all of the requests for him to withdraw and even threats to remove his funding.
As always, I disagree with Republicans asking him to withdraw. I want him in the race for the very same reason that they want him out. The chances that he will beat the incumbent after this mess are low. In fact, if the voters of Missouri put him in office after this debacle, I’ll come out in support of an IQ test for voter registration. Of course, a supporter of Akin said, “I don’t think he said anything that’s really worth all the coverage that it’s getting,” so I could be wrong. I guess complete stupidity in our representatives isn’t that big of a deal for some people in Missouri.
Unfortunately, I also live in a state of ignorance. Our voters (not including me) voted a Secretary of State in office that was under investigation for voter fraud. He was later found guilty of six felonies including two counts of perjury and one each of false registration, voting in another precinct, submitting a false ballot and theft. It’s not like we didn’t have this information up front. It’s not like the voters of Missouri have any excuse. They know how this guy thinks before the election. Hopefully they won’t destroy the little confidence I have left in our system by putting a moron in office who is so bad that his own people have tried desperately to get him to resign. But we’re talking about the election of 2012…reason has no bearing on the decisions for most people and anything could happen.