Stuck in a bewildering whirlwind of anger, astonishment, incredulity, frustration, sadness, and just plain "tired of it." For every great Republican, like Paul Ryan, there's an idiot, like Akin.
I am as conservative as they come. I believe that the Constitution is as close to being a perfect document as mankind has ever produced and that it's principles are timeless and as relevant and as applicable today as they were the day it was penned. I believe in the American economic model of free enterprise capitalism. I believe in the sanctity of life. I believe that abortion is wrong and that it is the taking of an innocent human life--and further, that abortion should not ever be used solely as a form of birth control.
Having said all of that, there is absolutely no excuse for a man as clueless and insensitive as Todd Akin to be allowed to remain as the Missouri Republican senatorial candidate. Not only were his remarks insensitive to the needs and well-being of rape victims, but--not to put too fine a point on it--demonstrated an astounding lack of cognizance as to the political sensitivity of the subject of rape and the political ramifications of making such a profoundly ignorant and stupid remark.
Even if I didn't disagree with his beliefs (exceptions for rape and incest must always be included in any effort to place limits on or ban abortion, out of consideration for the mental and physical health of victims of such heinous crimes), for a man to be so ignorant and to preach such nonsense as he did with his comment that pregnancy was "unlikely" in cases of rape--especially in this day and age--is inexcusable. Even worse, Akin didn't even have the courage of his (claimed) convictions. At the first sign of resistance, he abandoned his position without even token resistance. Absolutely inexcusable.Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 11 hrs agoSen. Claire McCaskill is probably having a pretty good Sunday. Her opponent in the Missouri Senate race, Republican Rep. Todd Akin, has spent most of the day backtracking after saying that victims of "legitimate rape" cannot biologically become pregnant and thus do not need access to legal abortions."First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy after rape] is really rare," Akin told KTVI-TV in defense of his stand that rape victims should not be allowed to access abortions. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."Akin said that even if a rape victim does somehow become pregnant, "I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."
Perhaps, Mr. Akin, you should put down your bible and whatever extreme interpretations you have of it, and study a little biology.
STEP DOWN NOW MR. AKIN. YOU'VE DONE MORE THAN ENOUGH DAMAGE ALREADY.
Oh yeah. One more thing. BE A MAN. You didn't "misspeak," sir, you stated your own ignorant, insensitive, offensive, (did I say ignorant?), pathetic opinion. Stop trying to wiggle out of it. You said it, if you believe it then say so and walk away.
I'm am so tired of politicians who lack the courage of their convictions. It is apparent that both parties are populated with spineless weasels who will say and do anything just to get elected. I'd have more respect for Mr. Akin if he had stuck to his guns.
IF YOUR GOING TO LOSE, DO IT LIKE A MAN--but Mr. Akin even lacks that strength of character.
Sarah Palin endorsed Sarah Steelman--I don't normally go by the endorsements of outside celebrities, but sense I lack any detailed information on the possible replacements for Akin, Palin's word is good enough for me. She was right about Ted Cruz.
I'm glad to see the Romney Campaign and other Republicans quickly distance themselves from this lunatic. I could have wished the Romney response had been worded more strongly, but at least it was immediate.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!
Update: Corrected for misspelling Congressman Akin's name, sorry folks.