We have no idea whether Todd Akin is the numbskull his words paint him to be. But we do know that he’s radioactive now – and apparently so blinded by ambition that he’s the only one who can’t see it.
The Missouri congressman, who’s running for the U.S. Senate, recently said one of the flat-out dumbest things you’ll ever hear a national-level politician say: that, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
First, his use of the word “legitimate” is both beefheaded and offensive. Rape is rape, congressman. Try joining us in the 20th century, if not the 21st!
Second, his quote seems to suggest he thinks that a rape victim’s body can somehow block impregnation. That’s just plain bats.
“Yes, pregnancy can happen as a result of rape,” he now acknowledges.
Great! We’ve now established that he is, indeed, smarter than a fifth-grader.
But he has managed to make himself the laughingstock of
this election cycle. And by refusing to step aside and relinquish the Republican nomination, he has handed Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill a fund-raising and vote-getting bonanza – and is putting at serious risk his party’s chances of winning the Missouri seat and control of the U.S. Senate in November.
Democrats and their lapdog media are also all-too-happy to use the incident to try to paint all other Republicans with Akin’s ignorance – which is
patently dishonest, considering the fact that Akin stubbornly ignored calls from the highest reaches of his party to withdraw from the race Tuesday. Republican officials also pulled millions in funding from Akin’s race.
It’s amazing how ambition, the lure of power and the siren song of ego can blind and deafen a man to what’s truly best for his constituents, colleagues and country. Todd Akin seems to think his own ascension is not only still likely but perhaps even more important than the fate of the country: Many conservatives believe the country is doomed, financially if not otherwise, unless Republicans can win Congress and the White House in November.
None of that could dissuade this man from staring into the Capitol reflecting pool and seeing his own image.
We don’t know if Akin can still win, should he stay in. Perhaps voters are convinced that even an occasional goofball is better than a Democrat-led Senate.
What we do know is that Todd Akin is the embodiment of every argument in favor of overturning the 17th Amendment – which wrested responsibility for election of senators away from the states.
Given that we must live with that error, it would be more bearable if the people we nominated were more honorable than to sacrifice the nation’s good at the altar of ego.