You remember that amazing specimen of a Republican, leading the war on women, Todd Akin? He’s the one who astutely gave his medical understanding of the consequences of a “forcible rape” on woman’s body. Thank God he clarified for us that women who are really raped, and don’t want a resulting pregnancy, can “shut that whole thing down.”
Todd Akin has now analogized his opponent in the Senate race in Missouri, a female, Claire McCaskill to a dog. He expressly said:
“She goes to Washington, D.C. It’s a little bit like one of those dogs, ‘fetch,’…”
This recent comment reminds men and women around the country of the reason that we were so offended by his “legitimate rape” comment. Even though Republicans encouraged Akin to drop out of the race after the legitimate rape comment, Mr. Akin refused. Now that the deadline for Akin’s withdrawal has passed Republican are not only supporting Akin, financially, but the are also campaigning for him. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry have all hit the campaign trail for Todd Akin.
“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain. “
Surely the Republican Party recognized that Akin is the weak link in their chain, and they should discard that link so they would be stronger. Yet not only are they not discarding him, they are supporting him, and giving him money.
The people of the United States should demand a strong Senate. No Senator, Republican or Democrat, is excused for being ignorant, uneducated, or a bigot. Yet even after such outrageous comments, and previous condemnation by Republicans, Todd Akin is still enjoying the support of Republicans. By giving Akin money and campaigning for him, Republicans empower Akin to say and do more outrageous things to disparage women. No longer do we blame the Republican Party for standing ideally by as Akin attacked women. Now we blame Republicans for enabling him to continue to disparage women, and especially Claire McCaskill. Even though Claire is Akin’s opponent, she is THE Senior Senator from Missouri. No female Senator, regardless of political party, deserves to be called a dog.
Shame on the Republican party for putting Todd Akin in a position to continue to wage war on women in this country.
Remember that Mitt Romney said he thought Rick Santorum would be a possible Vice Presidential Pick, and thus has the judgment necessary to lead this country. Romney-Santorum-Akin, is a frightening commentary on the state of the Republican party.
Even more frightening is the fact that the actual pick of Romney is Paul Ryan, who co-sponsored a forcible rape bill.