Rep. Todd Akin Achin’ to be the Craziest Senator

20 Aug

I don’t understand English, biology, or simple human decency.

Rep. Todd Akin (R – MO) was on tap for Bigot of the Week but has managed to produce such loathsome insanity that he needed to be exposed before Friday. The Representative from Missouri’s 2nd District recently won the Republican primary to run against Sen. Claire McCaskill. In an interview with KTVI-TV, he spouted this misogynistic idiocy:

First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. […] Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.

AARRRGGHHH!! Where do we start when dealing with this? The blatantly false — if often repeated — myth that rape victims can’t get pregnant, even though thousands do every year? The patronizing patriarchy that assumes women’s bodies have magical powers but that women’s minds can’t be trusted to make sound medical and ethical decisions? The concept of “legitimate rape,” which is a disgusting Republican talking point for FORCIBLE rape? The discussion of punishments without any consideration of the woman? Congratulations, Rep. Akin, you’re officially nominated for bigot (and idiot) of the year.

Clearly the Akin campaign is attempting to create a Senator stupider than Rand Paul and far to the right of Jim DeMint. Who knew that even one of those was possible, much less both! Sadly, the Republican Party has now become the Party of Insanity and Lies.  Long past are the days of the Gerald Ford  and Mark Hatfield Republicans.  Anyone who has studied history can see the new Tea/Republican Party is Fascism.

Akin backpedalled slightly with the famous Republican nonpology “I misspoke.” But while he implied that he was wrong about basic biology, he stood firm on the “no abortions ever under any circumstance” ground.

The one upside to this blast of tea vomit is that it may help Democrats hold the Senate. McCaskill, who narrowly won her first term in the 2006 Democratic surge, is easily the most endangered incumbent in the Senate this year. She was polling down double digits against “generic Republican” before the primaries. Once Missouri knew that Akin was their other choice, she started gaining ground. Let’s hope that Akin has dug himself a hole so deep that he can’t dig out by November.

P.S. – The Romneybot / Ryandrone campaign has weighed in on Akin’s comments as well.

Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.

This, of course, is notable as Romney’s 5000th flip-flop of the year. And, let’s face it, if the Republicans take the Senate and hold the house, a bill that includes Rep. Akin’s ideas could easily pass both chambers. Can you really imagine Romney vetoing any anti-abortion legislation, regardless of what he says today?


25 Responses to “Rep. Todd Akin Achin’ to be the Craziest Senator”

  1. Christine Noble August 20, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    I am having a real hard time with the fact that Republicans will win ANY races in the face of such hate mongering and stupidity.

  2. Jennifer Carey August 20, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Unfortunately, so many people perpetuate this myth. I recall that Woopi Goldberg, when talking about the Polanski case, made the comment “This wasn’t “rape” rape.” Until we all stop perpetuating the notion that there are different levels of rape and thus different levels of blame – making rape victims prove their victimhood, this will not get better.

  3. newsofthetimes August 20, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Oh my gosh…there simply are not words. I would like to say where do you find this stuff, but it is right in front of our faces. Astounding. Thanks for calling it out, my friend.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 20, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      I always feel bad sharing horrible awful news about our elected officials, but we must be aware of who is getting voted into office. I feel as though we are living in the Handmaid’s Tale.

      • newsofthetimes August 20, 2012 at 9:59 am #

        It is critical that you keep sharing this news since the media doesn’t focus on it. I couldn’t agree more about the Handmaid’s Tale. It is truly shocking and depressing that more people don’t notice.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 20, 2012 at 10:01 am #

        …and even more scary at the number of people supporting such awful ignorant bigots.

      • newsofthetimes August 20, 2012 at 10:15 am #

        Right. That part I REALLY can’t wrap my head around…

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 20, 2012 at 10:16 am #

        I suspect it is very fear based.

      • newsofthetimes August 20, 2012 at 10:22 am #

        Probably…I really just can’t get my mind to a place where I can even understand where it comes from. BTW – the Daily Beast’s moring roundup of five articles included the Republican reaction to the Akin statement, so at least he press is covering this one a little more. Thanks again for all your great work on this blog!! You really help shine the light on some important issues. I am grateful for you!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 20, 2012 at 10:24 am #

        Thank you for your very kind words and I’m glad the blog is useful. I’m also glad to learn that major media is covering it. I do worry the spin that flip flog Romeny will take.

      • newsofthetimes August 20, 2012 at 10:25 am #


  4. Jennifer Carey August 20, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Here’s a great article on Discovery addressing the issue of pregnancy as a result of sexual assault

  5. Tom McCollin August 20, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    If, indeed, these GOP politicians really do “misspeak” so often, do we really want them in public office?

  6. Katy B August 20, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    It is embarrassing to have that man potentially represent Missouri in the Senate. His campaign runs such ugly ads about Claire McCaskill here. I was very disheartened to discover such a negative conservative influence when we moved to southern Missouri. And the most egregious behavior is done hypocritically hiding behind a Bible.

    Ironically, I had just tweeted @ToddAkin yesterday about his willingness to cut free/reduced lunch in public schools here, and now this! Today I asked him how his foot tastes. He is truly a disgusting individual.

  7. prideinmadness August 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    You beat me to blogging about it 😛 My sister sent me the link and I flipped out. My partner made a good point about how this kind of stupid belief could lead any pregnancy that results from a rape to be associated with “wanting to be raped”, since this idiot says that the female body can shut down during a trauma…..

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

      Your partner is right; the “legitimate rape” lie is one more way to make rape the fault of the victim. I can understand why you flipped out!

  8. nevercontrary August 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    The American Family Association has come out in support of Akin. In case you thought the situation could not get worse.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

      I wish I could say I was surprised. What a disgusting excuse for a human being (either one of them).

      • nevercontrary August 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

        Mike Huckabee has also come out in favor of the statement as well.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 22, 2012 at 7:29 am #

        I wish I could say I was surprised. Given the GOP official platform pretty much reinforces what Akin said, it’s not a shock. I hope everyone is listening to the horrible misogyny that Akin has exposed in his party (again).

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