Monday, August 20, 2012

Regressive Republican Jackass of the Week Part 2

So many Regressive Republican jackasses, and only 52 weeks in a year...

Meet Missouri Republican Representative Todd Akin. This is a House member who wants to unseat well-loved, 6-year incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

Todd thinks there are different levels of rape. He used the term "legitimate rape," which I guess means that other kinds of rape are not to be taken seriously, the resulting pregnancy from which is not to be terminated through abortion.

Even worse, he apparently knows more magical facts about the human body than most gynecologists. He actually said, “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." See? The female body somehow knows that that particular pregnancy was caused by "a legitimate rape" and will therefore "shut the whole thing down!" Like magic.

You don't know whether to laugh or cry.

President Barack Obama, during an appearance Monday afternoon in the White House briefing room, also condemned Akin's remarks.

"The views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape," said Obama. "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 certainly doesn't make sense to me."

This was such a hugely stupid comment of such astronomical proportions that even fellow Regressives wouldn't defend it, calling it "wrong, offensive, and indefensible."  Several have told him to abandon his bid to run against Senator McCaskill.

So far, "Mr. Legitimate Rape" has doubled-down and refused to quit the race.

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