The avalanche of criticism has been strangely bipartisan following Todd Akin's assertion that women's bodies will resist pregnancy after a "legitimate rape". But where did Representative Akin go wrong? Is the term "legitimate rape" simply too loaded? Surely Akin's dunderheaded ignorance of biology isn't enough to suffer the wrath of the entire Republican Party. Republicans say stupid shit like this all the time and Todd Akin is one of their own Representatives on the Science and Technology Committee!
While Mitt Romney may be a Johnny-come-lately to the world of militant anti-abortion politics, his running mate Paul Ryan is no stranger to the subject, nor is he a stranger to Todd Akin. Are you going to tell me that in co-drafting a "Personhood Amendment" Todd Akin and Paul Ryan never spoke about the issue of rape? I find that absolutely impossible to believe.
So why the outrage now? Why, when a respected member of the Republican caucus accidentally says something he's probably said 100 times before, is there such an outcry of condemnation that he's being pushed out of his own party for expressing the views of many within his party?
What Akin apparently fails to understand is this: Just because colleagues like Ryan share his views, that doesn’t mean he can talk about them when there’s a presidential race going on -- especially a race in which his party’s candidate is fudging his views on the subject in hopes of attracting moderates.
With all due respect to Margaret Carlson, that should be "his party's candidate(s) are fudging their views on the subject in hopes of attracting moderates." Mitt Romney was pro-choice before he found himself pandering to right-wing idealogues in hopes of winning the Republican Primary. Paul Ryan has been conveniently silent on the topic, strange given that he has been a vocal opponent of abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest.
If you're fighting for what you believe to be moral and just, what you believe to be God's commands, why would you be so quick to bury those beliefs at the first sign of controversy? Which is more important, being true to your God or winning an election?
These men are charlatans, make no mistake about it. Their "principles" are whatever gets them the most votes.