Todd Akin sorts out the "sort of ethical question".
Yes, dumbassery seems to be getting worse, more widespread, and much more acceptable, especially in the Republican Party.
Asked by St. Louis reporter Charles Jaco if abortion should be legal in the case of rape, Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), candidate for the US Senate seat from Missouri, said:
"Well, you know, people always want to try and make that one of those things, well how do you slice this particularly tough, sort of ethical question. It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape—the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something, you know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist, and not attacking the child."This is such an extraordinarily stupid statement, or anyway it should be, that no person running for the United States Senate, or for dog catcher in Cairo, Missouri, ought to feel comfortable saying it.
But, comfort was not even the word to describe Akin's attitude in revealing his understanding of the magical properties of raped women's bodies.
He acted as if his ideological thuggery was a product of some rational, reflective process, where he had considered all the evidence—excluding the scientific and medical evidence—and made the right decision.
Further as he had said earlier, Akin believes it is the righteous duty of elected officials, and really all Americans, to consider everyone's life as "really important", no matter their ID. Their ID?
Yeah, look, just read and try to comprehend:
"One of the things that I love about this country is that Americans do consider life really important. And it's not because of some theoretical thing, that you're on a talk show and somebody asks you about it, but you have September 11th, and you've got these guys that are running into a building that's about to collapse, they find somebody in a wheelchair, they never checked their ID, or anything like that, or whether they're important, they grab 'em and they get 'em to safety and they run back and get another one."So, the way the 9/11 rescuers demonstrated their view that life is really important is the fact that when they ran into the burning towers to rescue injured people, they didn't ask for or search around for the person's ID to see if they were important enough to save.
Now, that gives you an idea of where Todd Akin is coming from, that he thinks that's how mass rescue operations work—kind of like the Titanic, where the steerage class gets locked below until the "important" people get saved. Do you really figure that isn't how Akin processes things in Congress too?
In case you would like to send (i.e., flood) Akin's office with your views about his opinions, here is the contact page. He would probably really like to hear insights like—fucking resign NOW you incredible idiot! But you craft your love note as you see fit.
UPDATE (August 20, 2012)
Yesterday, Todd Akin, realizing he'd totally fucked up, tried desperately to fix things. First, he issued a "statement"—yeah, that's the ticket, a statement. Pols on TV always issue one of those, right?
And in this statement Todd claimed he'd "misspoke" in his Jaco Report interview, by which he meant he'd committed a Kinsley gaffe by actually speaking the bold, awful, truth about his views. Todd claimed he felt real "empathy" for rape victims. But the word "apologize" does not appear in the statement. Nor does the word "sorry". Basically, Todd's statement is an expression of regret that anybody who does not agree with his crazy views on abortion may not vote for him. But he continued with the blame the real victim tone, implying that a woman who sought an abortion after becoming pregnant from a rape was worse than the rapist—she was a murderer.
The crush of critical rejection of Akin's views is rising on Facebook and Twitter. Calls for his resignation are increasing as people hear just how stupid a Republican anti-choice nincompoop can be.