The Party of Legitimate Rape Strikes Again

It is truly illuminating to hear the current crop of Republicans, especially their not so illuminated menfolk, expound their views on rape. And their views, which are so extraordinarily extreme, speak volumes as to who controls the modern GOP. In Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin now running against Senator Claire McCaskill thinks that not all rapes are "legitimate" basically implying that some women just ask for it. He further went to mouth off such quackery that in any other country, he would have been laughed into oblivion. Said Todd Akin, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

No Mr. Akin, the body does not have that capability. And shame on you for rape is rape.

But the shameful ignorance doesn't end there. Over in neighboring Illinois, first-term Rep. Joe Walsh just last week noted that abortions are "absolutely" never necessary to save the lives of pregnant women. "With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance," Walsh said. "There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing."

While we are all aware that the modern GOP is not the party of science, this ignorance is beyond the pale. My Aunt Miriam, aged 46, died in 1970 having bled to death because doctors refused to abort a fetus that had turned in a malignant tumor. She hemorrhaged to her death in a country where abortion remains largely illegal. It was only in 2006 after decades of pressing for a few exceptions did Colombia's Constitutional Court grant the right to an abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is in danger. So read this correctly, what Joe Walsh wants is for women like my aunt to bleed to death. I find this morally repulsive.

And now we are told that rape is an act of God. In Indiana, Richard Mourdock, the man who ended Dick Lugar's 36-year Senatorial career because he was deemed too centrist, claimed yesterday in a debate that pregnancies from rape are "something that God intended to happen".

One wonders is Mr. Mourdock a candidate for a post in the secular US Senate or is he a candidate for the ministry in some bizarre cult? Well to be frank, he, like Akin and Walsh, is already a member of a bizarre cult called the Tea Party and that cult is who effectively controls the modern GOP.

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Missouri's Rep. Akin on "Legitimate Rape"

Trying to peg who the most extreme and outlandish GOP Senate candidate is in this cycle is indeed a fool's errand. One simply has too many choices be it Ted Cruz down in Texas or Linda McMahon over in Connecticut but Missouri GOP Congressman Todd Akin surely has to be on our shortlist of radical out-of touch if not out-of-their-minds extremists.

Take his comments made on Sunday on a local Missouri talk show. Akin told KTVI-TV: "First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that is really rare.

"If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down."

Akin then went on to say that if that "didn't work", then the punishment should be "on the rapist and not attacking the child."

It is incomprehensible that such a man with such views serves in the House of Representatives but it is truly frightening to think that he may unseat Senator Claire McCaskill come November.

 

 

A Blunt Ad in Missouri Causes a Stir

Hat tip to Fired Up, Missouri, one of the best state-focused blogs on the web today.

Last night, the Roy Blunt campaign posted a gross web video with an image of 9/11 rubble and a Robin Carnahan statement about the proposed Park51 project. As Randy Turner writes, "Blunt apparently wants us to be deeply offended because Robin Carnahan said she wasn't going to tell the people of New York what to do about the construction of a mosque in the Ground Zero area and she didn't want New Yorkers to tell us what to do in Missouri."

The Blunt campaign pulled the web-only ad after receiving push back. This morning, Robin Carnahan released the following statement:

Robin Carnahan Demands Apology for Congressman Blunt’s Shameful Ad Exploiting 9/11 Victims and Families

Congressman Blunt releases ad exploiting 9/11 victims and their families to avoid talking about role in $700 billion Wall Street bailout

St. Louis, MO – Today Robin Carnahan released the following statement after Congressman Blunt released a web video shamefully exploiting 9/11 victims and their families for political gain in a desperate attempt to avoid talking about his role in passing the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.

“Congressman Blunt’s desperate attempt to avoid talking about his role in the $700 billion bailout by exploiting victims and families of the 9-11 tragedies is the very worst kind of Washington politics,” said Robin Carnahan. “Congressman Blunt should immediately own up to what he did, take responsibility for it, and apologize to the families of the 9-11 victims, whose tragedy he exploited for his own personal political benefit."

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Roy Blunt Attempts to Use Mosque Project in an Ad

Hat tip to Fired Up, Missouri, one of the best state-focused blogs on the web today.

Last night, the Roy Blunt campaign posted a gross web video with an image of 9/11 rubble and a Robin Carnahan statement about the proposed Park51 project. As Randy Turner writes, "Blunt apparently wants us to be deeply offended because Robin Carnahan said she wasn't going to tell the people of New York what to do about the construction of a mosque in the Ground Zero area and she didn't want New Yorkers to tell us what to do in Missouri."

The Blunt campaign pulled the web-only ad after receiving push back. This morning, Robin Carnahan released the following statement:

Robin Carnahan Demands Apology for Congressman Blunt’s Shameful Ad Exploiting 9/11 Victims and Families

Congressman Blunt releases ad exploiting 9/11 victims and their families to avoid talking about role in $700 billion Wall Street bailout

St. Louis, MO – Today Robin Carnahan released the following statement after Congressman Blunt released a web video shamefully exploiting 9/11 victims and their families for political gain in a desperate attempt to avoid talking about his role in passing the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.

“Congressman Blunt’s desperate attempt to avoid talking about his role in the $700 billion bailout by exploiting victims and families of the 9-11 tragedies is the very worst kind of Washington politics,” said Robin Carnahan. “Congressman Blunt should immediately own up to what he did, take responsibility for it, and apologize to the families of the 9-11 victims, whose tragedy he exploited for his own personal political benefit."

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