Todd Akin is being pressured to drop out of his campaign by 5PM Central time today but I can tell you he ain’t gonna do it. Todd Akin is a man possessed with the belief he can win his race for senate “by the grace of God”.
It is time to dust off all your jokes and posts and signs that reference the forbidden Florida uterus, the banned “vagina” of Michigan, and preposterous transvaginal probes because campaigns are going to be talking social issues whether they like it or not.
Now I realize that there is a downside to this which is that the bar is set incredibly low to establish oneself as a reasonable politician. All one must do is say, as President Obama did, that “rape is rape”. But on the upside, now it is impossible for the GOP to keep its can-I-wedge-my-big-government-in-your-vagina agenda in the shadows. That agenda is of course fuelled by its evangelical Christian fringe base.
Todd Akin pleased that fringe more than sufficiently. He gained the endorsement of over 100 Missouri ministers going into his winning GOP primary for congress. If you watch this ad, you will detect a possession by a spirit of some sort – - perhaps even a holy one. He practically drools his homage to god, country, and the constitution as one might find it written on the back of a napkin smeared with jam:
Akin said on Mike Huckabee’s radio show Monday: “..My belief is we’re going to take this thing forward. And, by the grace of God, we’re going to win this race. To quote my old friend John Paul Jones, ‘I’ve not yet begun to fight.’ ”
Mike Huckabee propped up Akin previous to his primary win and he’s continuing to do so come hell or high water or the fury of women scorned by idiotic rape comments.
On the same show Huckabee remarked that he’s known individuals who were the result of rape and were “able to do extraordinary things” as if to say ladies, “it will all work out for the best so please disregard any demeaning and illegal entries into your person”.
When God’s grace is on your side, maybe publicity isn’t important anymore. Akin agreed to appear on Piers Morgan’s CNN show last night but then cancelled last minute. A camera was trained on Akin’s empty chair and was shown in a little inset box to the side of the screen as other people talked about him.
Most likely Akin was persuaded to stay off that show. Republicans are haranguing Akin to quit his campaign so they can rapidly quarantine his “legitimate rape” cooties from the GOP at large. An incomplete list:
Sean Hannity (Akin called him to tell him he’s not quitting, BTW)
Brian Kilmeade (a lesser Foxbot)
Ann Coulter said “If Akin loves his country he will step aside”
WI Senator Ron Johnson
The editors of National Review
RNC Chair Reince Priebus
Tea Party Express
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (will pull $5 million in reserved airtime if Akin remains in the race)
Sen. Scott Brown of Mass.
Mitt Romney: “His comments about rape are deeply offensive”
Lastly, here’s former Bush strategist Dana Perino and the Faux News gang…
[Video courtesy of Media Matters and Politicsusa]
As for the people of the state from which Akin originates, 54% of Missourians say Akin should resign. 76% do not share his views on rape and abortion.
And the Party Platform Sayyyyys?
“Mr. Romney supports the Human Life Amendment, which would ban abortion in all instances, even in the case of rape and incest. In fact, that amendment is a central part of the Republican Party’s platform.” – President Obama
Now that Akin has put abortion on the front burner, Romney is at a juncture where he either needs to do one of his graceless flip flops or he’ll be in open contradiction to his party.
Romney has verbalized that he does support abortion if the woman is raped. However he’s also been in support of the Human Life Amendment which does not allow for any exceptions. Today the GOP full Platform Committee will finalize its recommendation on abortion which will go to the convention. A draft copy leaked to CNN makes it clear that the GOP party platform will support zero abortion for zero reason.
Oh what hand wringing and rending of clothing must be commencing at current.
Will the evangelical blok find it sufficient to simply pray for Romney if he refuses to toe their hard line?
I don’t know. Prayer’s really not my department. Madonna has some advice about that topic, though:
This is a facebook picture which is in very heavy rotation right now:
More details on that abortion platform: First on CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform