Sawing Off Your Own Head

Watching a politician self-destruct before your eyes, like a car accident, it is hard to look away. And given the cavernous divide the two sides find themselves in, either your reaction is that of amusement or that of disgust, rarely anything in between.

Rep. Todd Akin (R., Mo.) is running for the Senate, hoping to unseat Claire McCaskill. Some sources I’ve read indicate that she is unpopular (tarred with that same Obama brush) and the seat is ripe for the taking. But in the best GOP tradition of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Akin decided to talk about rape on a radio show and made a pronouncement analogous to ,”Slavery wasn’t so bad, at least we had full employment”:

In an interview Sunday with KTVI in St. Louis, Mr. Akin, who is trying to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.), was asked whether he favors abortion in cases of rape. “It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Well done, Dr. Akin. See, this is worse then ,”Of course the moon is made of cheese”, “The earth is six thousand years old”, or ,”Babies come from the cabbage patch”, at least with these you are not insulting over 50% of the country’s population and the majority of those that actually vote.

More feigned outrage is coming from his “legitimate rape” separation, but I’ll give him a pass on that, here he is not (I presume) making light of the act itself but differentiating the crime from consensual sex that later turns into a rape charge for other nefarious reasons.

But there is enough there to hammer him for being beyond stupid. How great would it be if women actually had control over these things, could will conception into a reality?

Naturally all the GOP’ers in the news have to come out and call him an idiot, that is a given, but why can’t they just leave it at that? Cornyn, Brown, and all the other blabbermouths don’t get to decide who stays in the race and who goes into his office for a little Seppuku.

Rep. Todd Akin (R., Mo.) said he plans to stay in the race for Senate despite widespread condemnation from fellow Republicans over his comments about rape.

“I’m not a quitter,” Mr. Akin said on Mike Huckabee’s radio show, even as he apologized for his comments. “My belief is we’re going to move this thing forward. To quote my friend John Paul Jones, ‘I’ve not yet begun to fight.'”

An apology that came about 23 hours and 59 minutes too late.

I know, that same old double standard, a lefty says something stupid and it either gets ignored or glossed over, but a Republican doing the same thing and the whole world is incensed and outraged. He and his handlers have a better sense of the mode of the people in his state and whether or not they can get passed this. I wouldn’t think so, but it is his race, he should decide.

Getting control of Congress, irrespective of the presidential race, would be nice, so stuff like this makes me prone to violence. Why couldn’t this happen in California, where we could run Jesus and he couldn’t win against the entrenched lefties?

Claire is puffing on a stogie right about now.

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  1. West Virginia Rebel

    There’s no doubt that the Democrats have been waiting for something like this after months of watching Joe Biden exhibit political Tourette’s Syndrome. There’s also little doubt that it will be very hard for Akin to come back from this. Yes, it’s up to him, but staying in until the bitter end hasn’t historically worked out when your own side is calling you a doofus.

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  2. HARLEY

    ……… rumor has it that tomorrow hell bow out and the State GOP will pick another twat to replace him…
    He could still win McCaskill is THAT unpopular.

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  3. Mississippi Yankee

    From all that I’ve read today about this ass-clown I’m convinced he was a McCaskill/DNC plant all along. There were way too many donks supporting this rino from the start.

    Akin was one of nine GOP candidates in the primary to challenge Missouri’s left-wing, tax-cheat sitting Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill…

    Curiously, Democrats ferociously supported Akin in the GOP primary. McCaskill’s supporters spent $2 million to make Akin her opponent and also crossed over to vote for Akin in the Republican primary – and that’s been admitted in The New York Times.
    Akin wasn’t asked some out of the blue question no Republican candidate has ever been asked: He was asked the most jejune, obvious question every Republican is asked

    McCaskill’s seat went from an easy win for the Republicans to a certain loss.

    Say what you will about my theory but we all knew coming into this election cycle it was going to be one of if not the dirtiest campaigns on record.

    From the article St. Ann doesn’t agree with me but I don’t agree with her on Roe-v-Wade as stated in the piece either.

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  4. HARLEY

    What is amazing is, that we have sitting congressmen, and women,, on the Dem side that have said far worse……… and yet they have not received any mass calls to step down…..

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  5. Seattle Outcast

    OH, don’t get bothered by that: by definition dems are incapable of racism, child molestation, fraud, tax evasion, or other criminal activity. Just ask Pelosi, Barney Frank, or Charles Rangel….

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  6. Hal_10000

    The pro-life wing seems to have garbled a stat. It is true that rape is a rare reason for abortion — about 10-15,000 of the 1.2 million abortions every year are for rape or incest. But that’s because rape itself is thankfully relatively rare. The rate of pregnancy for raped women is actually higher than for women having consensual sex (about 5%).

    Regardless, he should fake a stroke or something and drop out. It was an incredibly stupid thing to say. And his apologies seem to miss the point, harping on the “I sympathize with raped women” point instead of the “I was completely fucking wrong” point. This has the makings of another Clayton Williams.

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  7. Section8

    This goofball is currently in the House Science Committee. Maybe they can’t get him out of the race, but they need to get him off this committee. I don’t know what steps it takes to do so, but this should have been in the works already.

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  8. CM

    OH, don’t get bothered by that: by definition dems are incapable of racism, child molestation, fraud, tax evasion, or other criminal activity. Just ask Pelosi, Barney Frank, or Charles Rangel….

    If he was a Dem you’d all be saying the Dem Party is “throwing him under a bus” for just saying what they all believe anyway……;-p

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  9. Tripper

    From all that I’ve read today about this ass-clown I’m convinced he was a McCaskill/DNC plant all along. There were way too many donks supporting this rino from the start.

    He’s a hell of a McCaskill/DNC plant given that he was elected to the US house in 2000

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  10. Mississippi Yankee

    He’s a hell of a McCaskill/DNC plant given that he was elected to the US house in 2000

    Were you a fan of senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snow too?
    Did you read the article? The amount McCaskill’s camp spent on HIS primary?

    Or are you just trippin’?

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  11. Tripper

    I read it and I understand they spent money to get him to win the primary. It was because he was their best shot to beat in the general, or so they thought.
    Has McCaskill been funding his campaigns for the house over the last 12 years all in preparation for this moment?

    Is he comparable to Olympia Snow politically? I don’t thinks so.

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  12. Mississippi Yankee

    My original statement was with a bit of hyperbole. Some people “get” hyperbole, some not so much.

    My greater point was that when a political entity, McCaskill’s people in this case, spend $1.5 to $2 million there is reason to suspect why. That is why I asked if you were a fan of Collins and Snow. Not because they are RINOs but because for years they played dem against repub in both committee votes and in full senate votes. And I’m not talking just about issues that benefited the people of Maine. Collin’s OmamaCare back when it was still in committee is a good example.

    All politicians may be self-serving but Collins got a bit ahead of itself, consequently she has decided to retire due to back-stage grumblings and threats in state.

    For the record, the whole maternal side of my family is ‘active’ republican.

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