TODD AKIN joins Sarah Palin in a coupling of two right-wingers that Republicans would like to pretend don’t exist. After Palin screeched that President Obama should be impeached a poll came out saying that 54% of voters simply want her to go away.
But, oh, sweet Judas, Todd Akin has written a book and it’s all about getting even. His book, Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom, doubles down on right-wing stupid, and the Republican establishment is freaking out.
That’s because he’s decided it’s a great idea to revisit his legitimate rape lunacy.
Akin offers no apologies for his “legitimate rape” comment and blames liberal news media for how it was received. The liberal opposition research super PAC American Bridge dug up the video and sent it to Talking Points Memo, described as one of the “well-funded, left-leaning blogs.” Talking Points Memo posted the footage and started a firestorm.
Akin systematically defends every phrase in his response to whether abortion in the case of rape should be legal. “Taking my comments in order: When a woman claims to have been raped, the police determine if the evidence supports the legal definition of “˜rape.’ Is it a legitimate claim of rape or an excuse to avoid an unwanted pregnancy?”
“My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google “˜stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject.”
Right, he was talking about stress.
…and it was all a “media assassination.”
“I was the target of a media assassination. “¦ So it really didn’t matter about what I said, or logic, or truth. I had mentioned “˜abortion’ and “˜rape.’ That was enough. It was simply an assassination.” He writes that it was hypocritical for the media and Democrats to use his comments as part of the “Republican war on women” narrative when two weeks later the Democratic Party cheered for Bill Clinton, “who was actually accused of sexual assault on multiple occasions,” at its convention.
Republicans just want him to shut up.
Well, all except Mike Huckabee who has come to his defense proving that he’s part of the circus, too.