Theres something trying about an unforgiving man suddenly in need of forgiveness.
Yet Todd Akin is right. He shouldnt have to get out of the US Senate race in Missouri simply for saying what he believes. He reflects a severe stance on abortion that many in his party embrace,including the new vice presidential candidate.
I talk about one word,one sentence,one day out of place,and,all of a sudden,the entire establishment turns on you, Akin complained to the conservative radio talk-show host Dana Loesch as he spurned pleas from Mitt Romney and other GOP big shots to abort his bid. He continued: They just ran for cover at the first sign of any gunfire,and I think we need to rush to the gunfire.
Hes right again. Other Republicans are trying to cover up their true identity to get elected. Even as party leaders attempted to lock the crazy uncle in the attic in Missouri,they were doing their own crazy thing down in Tampa,by reiterating language in their platform calling for a no-exceptions constitutional amendment outlawing abortion,even in cases of rape,incest and threat to the life of the mother.
Paul Ryan,who teamed up with Akin in the House to sponsor harsh anti-abortion bills,may look young and hip and new generation,with his iPod full of heavy metal jams and his cute kids. But hes just a fresh face on a Taliban creedthe evermore antediluvian,anti-women,anti-immigrant,anti-gay conservative core. Amiable in khakis and polo shirts,Ryan is the perfect modern leader to rally medieval Republicans who believe that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs.
In asserting that women have the superpower to repel rape sperm,Akin ratcheted up the old chauvinist argument that gals who wear miniskirts and high-heels are asking for rape; now women who dont have the presence of mind to conjure up a tubal spasm,a drone hormone,a magic spermicidal secretion or mere willpower to block conception during rape are asking for a baby.
The biological facts are perhaps inconvenient,but whether the egg meets the sperm is a matter of luck or prevention, says Dr Paul Blumenthal,a professor of obstetrics and gynecology who directs the Stanford Program for International Reproductive Education and Services. If wishing that I wont get pregnant right now made it so,we wouldnt need contraceptives.
When you wish upon a rape.
Blumenthal is alarmed that Akin is a member of the House Committee on Science,Space and Technology.
What is very disturbing to me is that people like Akin who have postulated this secret mechanism for avoiding pregnancy have developed their own make-believe world of science based on entirely self-serving beliefs of convenience or just ignorance, he said. I dont think we want these people to be responsible for the lives of others.
But,for all the Republican cant about how they want to keep government out of the lives of others,the ultraconservatives are panting to meddle in the lives of others. Contrary to President Barack Obamas refreshing assertion Monday that a bunch of male politicians shouldnt be making health care decisions for women,this troglodyte tribe of men and Bachmann-esque women craves that responsibility.
Next well be trying to take away the vote from women, lamented Alex Castellanos,a Republican strategist who advised Romney in the 2008 race. How can we be the party of cool and make the generational leap forward when we have these recidivist ideas at the very core of our base?
Akin defended the incendiary comment he made on a Missouri TV show If its a legitimate rape,the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing downby saying he wasnt talking about rapists being legitimate,but rather false claims of rape,like those made in Roe versus Wade. He said he meant to say forcible rape. Oh,thats ever so much better. Akin,Ryan et al. have made it their business to designate which rapes are legitimate,joining up to push Orwellian legislation last year to narrow the definition of rape to forcible rape.
And Mitt,who was for abortion rights before he was against them,in his last presidential bid went after the endorsement of Dr John Willke,a former president of the National Right to Life Committee and father of the inanity about rape victims being able to turn back sperm if they put their mind and muscles to it. The nutty doctor hypothesised: This is a traumatic thing. Shes,shall we say,shes uptight. Adding,She is frightened,tight,and so on. And sperm,if deposited in her vagina,are less likely to be able to fertilise. The tubes are spastic.
Akin is right in saying this race should be about who we are as a people.
It should also be about who they are. They are people who want to be in your life,deep in your life,even when they say they dont.Maureen Dowd