Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Let's take a trip in the hot tub time machine back to, oh I don't know, just a few weeks ago when Christian Reconstructionist/Dominionist Rep. Todd Akin scored an upset win in the GOP primary for the U.S. senate in Missouri. Akin gave an interview in which he said these now infamous words:
"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."
You may think this is crazy talk (it is) but this is an article of faith among the Pro Life Forced Birth movement.
Mr. Akin's comments started a firestorm of criticism for which nearly every Republican politician and organization immediately sought to distance themselves from his ignorant comments and to try and force him out of the race so that they could appoint someone in his stead. Karl Rove even joked about murdering him. Karl Rove Jokes About Murdering 'Legitimate Rape' Lawmaker Todd Akin ("If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts!").
Mr. Akin was not abandoned by his own Missouri Republican Party and other Christian Reconstructionists/Dominionists, most notably FAUX News host Mike Huckabee. Wednesday was the last day to replace Mr. Akin on the ballot, and surprise, he's officially on the ballot. Republicans are stuck with him as their candidate.
All of those Republican politicians and organizations who did not want to touch Todd "legitimate rape" Akin with a ten foot pole just a few weeks ago have had a sudden case of amnesia. Akin is now being embraced again, some Republicans sounding as if there had never been any doubt about him. Republicans Support Todd Akin Again Despite 'Legitimate Rape' Comment in Missouri Senate Race - ABC News:
After calling on Akin to withdraw from his Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in Missouri, in the wake of his now-infamous "legitimate rape" comment, the National Republican Senatorial Committee now supports his candidacy and has reopened the door to spending on his behalf.
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The Missouri Republican Party issued a statement of support. "Just like all of our GOP candidates elected in the August primary, the Missouri Republican Party stands behind Congressman Todd Akin in his race for United State Senate," state party chairman David Cole said.
The disgraced former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, campaigned for Akin on Wednesday and some of his former staff members are now working for him. Akin has now been endorsed by fellow Christian Reconstructionists/Dominionists Rick "man on dog" Santorum and Rick "oops" Perry. Tea Party darling Sen. Jim DeMint has also endorsed him.
If Republicans will not disown Todd "legitimate rape" Akin, then they own him. For Republicans, "We are all Todd Akin now."
Todd Akin should be tied around the neck of every Repubican candidate from Willard "Mittens" Romney down to your local dog catcher. The GOP must be made to pay the price for embracing such utter ignorance and misogyny in their anti-science crusade to be the "know nothing party" of the 21st Century, and to engage in a war on women.