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2 ironies here with Republican Todd Akin

Todd Akin, if you’re not aware, is the Republican candidate for Missouri Senate. He is now infamously quoted as having said this in an interview on Sunday:

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

First irony – this photo:

Todd Akin at rally, sign says


2nd irony: everyone is calling on the Republican nominee to step down.. including those on the mainstream Republican right, horrified they might lose their best chance at a US Senate seat pickup, but if Akin were to stay on, despite the uproar, it would give his Democratic Senator opponent, Claire McCaskill, the best chance at re-election in a Republican/red-leaning state. McCaskill realizes this, which is why, despite her condemning the remarks,  took the opposite tack of most everyone else and said in Huffington Post she hopes Akin isnt pressured into stepping down:

“I think for Washington party insiders to come in and try to invalidate the votes of Missourians would be radical,” McCaskill said in a phone interview with The Huffington Post. “I think that would be a very radical thing to have happen, and I can’t imagine how the Republican primary voters would think about that in Missouri. “I think there would be a significant backlash,” she added. “I’m not sure that would have a good ending for the Republican Party.”

She’s no fool. She needs the crazy guy in the race so that Missouri moderates look at the choices and decide they don’t need a radical who doesn’t have a clue in as their Senator (radical know-nothings are usually reserved for being voted into the House of Representatives, i.e Michelle Bachmann).


3 comments to 2 ironies here with Republican Todd Akin

  • Roll Tide

    ‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then, when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.’ Or, ‘That’s why you never see Lesley until February.’ Or, ‘When she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.’”

    Who said this? Democratic Senator Al Franken.

  • Roll Tide

    One more irony. A President, not a candidate for Senate allegedly committed the heinous act. The left were too easily dismissive of the credible accusation. Kind of puts the outrage of an apologized uninformed word in perspective.

  • stan

    Easy answer, a ‘write in’ campaign to elect one of the other Republicans.

    As for the overall effect Dick Morris figures it’s a big plus for Romney since he called for Akin to step down.

    Nice to see the Democrats support a goon though…

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