Update: Update: Update: 8/22: Todd Akin told Hannity on his radio show yesterday that he is running on principle. It’s not about himself. He believes he will win. He is still ahead in the polls against McCaskill according to a PPP poll. They overpolled Republicans by 9%. PPP is a liberal polling agency and I believe they have ulterior motives – they want him to stay in the race.
Akin has to go.
Unfortunately, I think that his candidacy will now be used to further the faux war on women – not good.
Sarah Palin is another problem. She told Ms. Van Susteran last night that she thinks a third party run against the Democrat and Mr. Akin with Sarah Steelman as the Tea Party Candidate of choice might be the way to go. In the primary, Akin won by a lot, Brunner, the untried businessman came in second and Steelman was a distant third. A third party would be a worst disaster than what MO has now.
I do see Akin’s statement as something out of 1970 and that’s probably when the doctors gave him the information. The word “legitmate” is hard to criticize because I don’t know what the hay he was talking about exactly though his explanation is at the end of the post.
Isn’t the hypocrisy mind-numbing though? Gaffe-erminators like Biden, Reid, Pelosi, Wasserman-Schultz (who said all Republicans want seniors, children, and women to die), Howard Dean, John Kerry, Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxines who wants Republicans to go to hell, the Rep. who is worried about Guam sinking (and the list goes on) can say anything and it’s all ok. Their party stands by them.
Update:Update: Sandra Fluke sent me an email today in which she lambasted all Republicans and Conservatives as having the same misguided opinion as Rep. Akin. She said, untruthfully, that Romney and Ryan are in lockstep with Rep. Akin’s uninformed view.
She probably didn’t write the statement – it’s a political mailing. Unfortunately, we will hear a lot more of this if Akin does not withdraw. He made a fatal error. The election shouldn’t be about an issue that is the province of the SCOTUS.
It’s a pity that we can’t make a mistake in this country.
Update: The Republicans have removed all funding from Akin’s campaign and almost every Republican/Conservative pundit has spoken out against Akin. many Republican politicians have asked him to step down. Dick Morris has a petition going to ask him to pull out of the race.
Akin is seen as too much of a liability in this important election.
I have received a number of calls and innumerable emails telling me I’m wrong. I guess I’ll have to take everyone’s word for it. I never agreed with Akin’s comments but I don’t like to see people abandoned the minute they say something dumb. I do think someone like Biden, who never stops making gaffes, is a different case.
Original Story: There are calls for Rep. Todd Akin, who is 10 points ahead of Claire McCaskill in the polls, to drop out of the senate race, many of those voices are from the GOP because Obama is using this non-issue to further his faux war on women and the Republicans see Akin’s comments as problematic.
President Obama finally gave a press conference today, but it was to ctriticize Akin:
“The views expressed were offensive,” President Obama said. “Rape is rape and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and it certainly doesn’t make sense to me.”
I suppose we must ignore the fact that Obama supports post-birth abortion – he advocated for one such case on the state senate floor. We should ignore the late term/gender selection abortion Michelle Obama supports.
Romney and Ryan are being tied to the Akin “issue” by Obamanistas and have distanced themselves from Akin. Romney called Akin’s comments “insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong.”
Akin never meant to hurt rape victims. This is a tempest in a teapot created by Democrats because they have no record to run on.
If you are unfamiliar with the recent Akin controversy, the video of his original remarks appear below, followed by his apology and explanation.
He said he believes a woman’s body shuts down when raped and many don’t become pregnant because of that. He said that doctors gave him that information. He can believe that if he wants unless they make him an ObGyn. He also referred to “legitimate” rapes as opposed to I don’t know what.
It’s hard for me to be upset with Akin when I have no idea what he was talking about.
Personally I support abortion for rape victims.
Mitt Romney supports abortion for rape victims.
They are trying to tie Akin’s misstep to Romney and make the presidential race about abortion and an attack on women. I just don’t think that is what Akin meant.
Rep. Todd Aiken spoke to his mistaken belief that pregnancies from rape are rare:
In a radio show today with Mike Huckabee, he clarified:
…Akin apologized for his comments and said he’d “spoken in error” — and maintained that he would not drop out of the race.
Huckabee’s show was a friendly choice for the congressman: The former Arkansas governor supported and cut ads for him during his contentious three-way primary contest.
Akin opened the appearance by saying he made “a couple of serious mistakes that were just wrong” and needed to apologize.
“Rape is never legitimate,” said the congressman. “I used the wrong words in the wrong way.”
He emphasized that he is pro-life but cares equally for rape victims. Noting that he has two daughters, he said he wants “tough justice for sexual predators.”
He also said he knows “that people do become pregnant from rape,” and that he didn’t mean to imply that it didn’t happen — but didn’t specifically address whether pregnancy was less frequent in cases of rape.
Huckabee asked him about the use of the word “legitimate” in talking about rape.
“I was talking about forcible rape, and that was absolutely the wrong word,” Akin responded.
The host also asked whether the comments and resulting firestorm was fatal to his campaign, and Akin responded that he was not the first public official “to suffer from foot-in-mouth disease,” though he noted that this was a serious error. But in saying his campaign would continue, he cited the primary voters who chose him, the importance of the election, and tried to bring the focus back to economic issues and the differences between himself and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
“I’m not a quitter,” said Akin. “By the grace of God, we’re going to win this race.” The people who elected me “know that I’m not perfect,” he said. “Just because somebody makes a mistake doesn’t make them useless.”… [The Atlantic]
Personally, I thought Akin was making reference to women who lie about being raped. Akin said that is not what he meant.
Akin said on the Hannity radio show today that he was going to keep on apologizing. I wish he wouldn’t. He apologized at least twice. That’s enough.
Tea Party Express wants Akin to drop out of the race but they have their own candidate so they are hardly independent voices.
I wish Republicans and Conservatives would stop doing the business of the Democrats.
The big problem here of course is that abortion can’t become a central issue of this campaign. No president has control over Roe vs. Wade so I don’t know why it matters, but it does.