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Republicans Turn On Akin After ‘Legitimate Rape’ Remarks

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Republicans Turn On Akin After ‘Legitimate Rape’ Remarks


Several prominent Republicans are turning against U.S. Representative and Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-Mo) in the wake of his absurd claim that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant.

Akin, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in an election that could decide which party controls the Senate in 2012, landed in hot water on Sunday when reporter Charles Jaco asked him if he would support abortions for women who have been raped.

“It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin answered. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Predictably, Democrats immediately pounced on Akin’s comments. McCaskill quickly responded with a statement calling Akin’s position “offensive” and saying that “It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape,” and the Democratic National Committee almost immediately began trying to tie the entire Republican party to Akin’s absurd views.

Somewhat surprisingly, many Republicans have joined the Democrats and thrown Akin under the bus. Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is calling for Akin to drop out of the race, calling his comments “inappropriate and wrong.”

“There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking,” Brown said. “Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri.”

Wisconsin Senator and Tea Party favorite Ron Johnson echoed Brown’s call, tweeting that “Todd Akin’s statements are reprehensible and inexcusable. He should step aside today for the good of the nation.”

Republican presidential nominee-to-be Mitt Romney also blasted Akin’s comments, telling National Review Online that “Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong.”

“Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive,” he added.

While Romney stopped short of calling on Akin to drop out — his adviser Stuart Stevens told reporters that “we’ll leave that to them to sort out” — it should be noted that Eric Fehrnstrom serves as a top adviser to both Romney and Senator Brown.

Romney, Brown, and Johnson are just three of many Republicans who are rapidly distancing themselves from Rep. Akin, and with good reason. The GOP needs to gain four seats to win control of the Senate; if McCaskill is re-elected, then that would be almost impossible to achieve. The New York Times’ Nate Silver predicts that Akin’s comments could cost him 10 percent in the polls, meaning that forcing him out of the race may be the Republican party’s only chance of winning a Senate majority.

In 2010, Republicans had a golden opportunity to take control of Congress’ upper chamber — only to lose winnable races in Nevada, Colorado, and Delaware by electing candidates from the right wing fringe. Brown, Johnson, and the rest of the discontented Republicans seem eager to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. alumahead August 20, 2012

    Hummpf. The only reason conservatives are calling out this buffoon is the close proximity of the election. There has been a laundry list of outrageous remarks from the GOP Congresspersons over the last four years and I’ve rarely heard a peep from the leaders to reel the nutbags in.

    1. ceverettham August 20, 2012

      We have to pass this bill so we can know what is in it. Whose famous words are these?

      1. alumahead August 20, 2012

        Is this a quiz? Nancy Pelosi’s.

        What do I win?

        1. ceverettham August 20, 2012

          You don’t win anything. I think this Akin guy is a fool like almost everyone else does..

        2. Ana Petti August 20, 2012

          thanks for the comic relief……

          what do you win?….an elephant….

      2. Teri Simpkins August 20, 2012

        Is that kinda like Mr. Romney saying we have to trust him that he did pay all his taxes? Kinda like him telling Massachusetts back 10 years ago that he was qualified to run because he’d filed his taxes as a Mass resident, then going back and amending his filings because he hadn’t filed them as a resident?
        Mr. Akin said what so many Republican politicians feel, that rape isn’t really rape and that it’s no big deal to carry a child created from rape to term. Mr. Akin needs to have a long talk with some victims of rape to find out just how rape really feels. He needs to be raped and then be told it wasn’t rape because he was able to become erect. The man is an idiot through and through.

        1. Dominick Vila August 20, 2012

          The first people he should talk to are his mother (unless he was born in an incubator), wife, daughters, sisters, and granddaughters. This guy is an idiot who should not be considered for a Waste Management job…maybe I should take the latter back, most trash collectors are honest, hard working, people who perform necessary and often thankless work, Akin is likely to be considered to unstable if he applied, I guess I’ll have to think of something more in line with his skills…pimp?

          1. Ana Petti August 20, 2012

            Wasn’t he born of a Virgin Birth?
            BTW…Glad you tweaked the Waste Management job comment…..those people work HARD….

          2. ace August 21, 2012

            No pleas dop not think any more you are a lost cause .

        2. Yvette White August 20, 2012

          by now every-body can see now that the republican party is a bunch of nut’s just like mitt romney-paul ryan say what you want this is over for romney-ryan its over call this a rap

          1. ace August 21, 2012

            You are putting every one in the same boat With a Democrat after you fools put what is in there now no thanks fool .

          2. whitetiger August 21, 2012

            I have always felt they are a bunch of nuts. I always wonder how they get elected. Makes you think the voters in their district are just as nutty.

        3. ace August 21, 2012

          Well we know we can not trust this lowlife that is in there now or any lowlife liberal in Washington right now period nota .

          1. Bigspender August 21, 2012

            Ace – do you speak english or any other recognizable language?

        4. Fern Woodfork August 21, 2012

          If You Believe Robme Then I’m Having A Two For One Sell On Bridges!! Golden Gate And Brooklyn Bridges Belong To Me!!LOL

      3. Stella53 August 20, 2012

        Why, my hero Nancy Pelosi said that and she was darned right too! Nothing compares to the idiotic garbage that spews from the mouths of some in the teapublican party. As a voter, I won’t be holding what Mrs. Pelosi said against her. I will hold the hateful rants coming from the GOP against them though. You can bet on it.

      4. johninPCFL August 20, 2012

        Out of context bullshit. She was talking about the Senate bill, which the House had not yet seen. At least get some facts, idiot.


      5. Chiron8839 August 20, 2012

        It was a figure of speech by Nancy Pelosi regarding the Affordable Care Act, followed by an absurd Republican spin into supposed literalism–proof that the Party of Anti-Intellectualism is alive and well, with a veritable army of brain-dead minions on hand to vote against themselves.

      6. ace August 21, 2012

        Sure no brains said it another dumb Azz Democrat female plegged with a bad case of the stupid AZZ.

        1. johninPCFL August 21, 2012

          Oh shut up idiot. She was specifically talking about the as-yet unpassed Senate bill that had not been reviewed by anyone in the House.

      7. alberto August 21, 2012

        those are Pelosi’s words taken out of context, this ‘LEGIT RAPE” remark is as offensive and backwards as the guy who said “ASPIRIN BETWEEN THE KNEES” is how a Lady does birth control. Republican view all the way: White old men know whats best for WOMEN’S HEALTH. Deep down this is how ROMRYAN think also.

    2. johninPCFL August 20, 2012

      He and Ryan teamed up to put a “no exceptions” abortion bill on the national landscape.

      Seems like the “smaller government” these guys want includes police in every hospital and doctor’s office.

      1. Yvette White August 20, 2012

        and all of this is come back to bit them in the ass

        1. ace August 21, 2012

          Sounds the left has already bit you in the ass the left has raped all of us so big deal .

      2. Fern Woodfork August 21, 2012

        Who In The Hell Would Think That Rape Is Legitimate??

        1. ace August 21, 2012

          No one fool he knows that some women get knocked up say were raped and they was not raped but know that will get it taken of .

          1. Fern Woodfork August 21, 2012

            Oh Gee Here We Go Being Stalked Again By A Teabagging BITCH!!! Go Rape Yourself Bitch!!

          2. Fern Woodfork August 21, 2012

            Matter Of Fact Go Stalk Sarah Palin Or Michele Bachmann Those Crazy Bitches Are Your Kind Of Bitch Little Tea Bagging BITCH!!!

          3. Mary Martinez August 21, 2012

            And some men force themselves on women and call it consented!

      3. ace August 21, 2012

        And brains like any one that are ignorant enough to vote for the left that has been screwing all of us since 2006

    3. rockin_the_bay_in_Tampa August 20, 2012

      The Repubs are running scared…and now this jack ass has come out with one that is beyound the pail. I can’t for the life of me figure out why people are so stupid as to even give this turd or any of the rest of them, the time of day much less a spot in government…

      1. ace August 21, 2012

        Yes they know if the lowlife Democrats get control we are done they are all idiots and lowdown to go along with it .

      2. Fern Woodfork August 21, 2012

        No Surprise To Me , These Nuts That Vote These Nuts In Office Are All Just Kissing The Koch Brothers Asses In Order To Get More Money!! Just Like These Assholes That Troll Behind Our Statement With Low Life Bullshit They Are Need To BURN IN HELL!!! STUPID BITCHES!!!

      3. DurdyDawg August 21, 2012

        Simple.. Fanatic Christians and brain dead mouth droolers.

      4. ace August 21, 2012

        I realy agree if you are for the left you are too damd ignorant to know when you have been taken to the cleaners fool.

    4. rataezo August 20, 2012

      When you think about, the GOP seems more in favor of sharia law. Im being sarcastic of course but their view on women is idiotic. Who are they to tell a woman what to do?

      1. english_teacher August 21, 2012

        They’re trying to install a Christianist version of sharia. So far the cutting off the hands of thieves hasn’t been mentioned….yet.

      2. johninPCFL August 21, 2012

        They haven’t yet addressed the next phase of this stupidity – does the rapist get family visitation priviledges? Can the child be given up for adoption without his consent? If the mother dies and the child survives, does the rapist raise it? If the mother dies in childbirth, can the rapist be charged with manslaughter?

    5. ace August 21, 2012

      And your ignorance is showing and look in the mirrow you will see a real notbag ,

      1. johninPCFL August 21, 2012

        Yeah, you standing behind me.

    6. Fern Woodfork August 21, 2012

      Akin Is Only Saying What He And His Hateful Low Life American Taliban Members Really Mean, They Just Didn’t Expect It To Blow Up In Their Evil Faces!!!

    7. Fern Woodfork August 21, 2012

      Most Of The GOP/Tea Party American Taliban Leader Are Just A Bunch Of Money Grubbing, Racist, Low Life Knuckle Dragging Sociopath DEMONS!!! Who Would Do And Say Anything For Money And Power That Includes Selling Their Souls To SATAN!!! And The People That Vote For These Assholes No Doubt Share The Same Thinking And Ways Of Life , Except More Of These Fools Are BROKE And They Vote Against Themselves!!!

    8. ace August 21, 2012

      You are a big fat liar the left has been lying about every thing for years and idiots like you take it to be the truth what fools .

  2. edwardw69 August 20, 2012

    I am a pro-choice Democrat, and I hope to heaven that Mr. Akin has the courage to ride this out, and stay in the election. (Heh, heh)

  3. Onye Onyemaechi August 20, 2012

    Women’s right need to be respected and honored world wide! They have choice to their body and right to exist!

  4. Dominick Vila August 20, 2012

    People like Akin and Bachmann are an embarrassment not only for the GOP, butf or our country as well. In the age of instant dissemination of information their comments make headlines around the world, and they don’t reflect very well on the intellectual acumen and mental stability of our society.

    1. edwardw69 August 20, 2012

      Speaking of Ms. Bachmann, where’s her opinion on this dustup? Oh, and Ms. Palin? Not to mention Mr. Ryan. When will we hear from them?

      1. StephenMcDonald August 20, 2012

        I have heard many Democratic congresswomen and senators denouncing Akin, but where are their Republican counterparts? The only one who has is Kaye Bailey Hutchingson, God bless her for standing up to the far right GOP war on women agenda, but where are the Palins, Bachmans, Coulters etc. I guess they fear backlash from their Tea Party base if they spoke out. What COWARDS.

        1. edwardw69 August 20, 2012

          A few of them are out there–fear more than courage. What I want to know is this: where is the golden boy, Mr. Ryan?

      2. Fern Woodfork August 21, 2012

        She Agrees With This Asshole Ms Bachmann Just Like The Rest Of The GOP/Tea Party Demons Are All Crazy And Full Of Shit!!! Romney Hood And Little Paul Also!!

  5. David Paschall August 20, 2012

    Congratulations to Sens. Brown and Johnson for performing the correct (not politically correct) and ethical response!!

    I do not agree with their politics but can appreciate their moral stance.

    Too Bad Romney couldn’t take that “fatal step” and call for Akins to step down!! Mitt is just not capable of taking a stance and sticking with it no matter the fall-out!!!

    Mitt, Akins is WRONG! Say so!

    1. ExPAVIC August 20, 2012


      Test Rep. Akin’s theory on Mrs. Akin. Bend over dearie.

    2. Sara Torres August 26, 2012

      He knows he can’t David, because that would make him a hypocrite. Both, Romney & Ryan, signed the bills for “Ban on Abortions” along with their buddy, Mr. Akin. Romney has all sons, but how disrespectful to his wife. He will have granddaughters some day. Mr. Romney, has a wife & daughters, I find it hard to believe that he would make them carry a child that is conceived from being raped. Besides, who in the hell do they think they are, telling women what to do with their body. It is our “Constitutional Right” it is our choice. Come on, Ladies, Wake Up..Why would you vote for someone who wants to control your body…your body is your temple…don’t let them have it.

  6. gopeach1 August 20, 2012

    Stupid is as stupid does. Atkin shows the moral character he has.. you think???

  7. David Paschall August 20, 2012

    They won’t give up will they?????????
    Tactic of the Elephants:: Deflect the question!!

  8. Landsende August 20, 2012

    This is another example of the right wing so called social conservative teapublicans warped thinking about women. President Obama in his news conference today said Akins comments demonstrated why we shouldn’t have politicians, most of whom are men, making decisions about women’s health. Considering comments by Rush Limbaugh, Akins and other teapublicans that denigrate women it’s time women start speaking out and using their vote to elect officials that will respect women and their right to make their own decisions about their body.

    1. alumahead August 20, 2012

      I often wonder how much a conservative woman has to take before she makes her vote her own and dumps this party which continually works against their interests.

  9. David Paschall August 20, 2012

    They won’t give up will they?????????
    Tactic of the Elephants:: Deflect the question!!

  10. marvin robinson August 20, 2012

    Akin’s has been and still is a good ole boy “redneck” and he spoke his peace and or in other words said what was on his mind and how he really felt about “rape”, and he fellow Republicans think and believe the same but it doesn’t sound right, so of course that will leave Akin’s on his own. Damn fool!

  11. ExPAVIC August 20, 2012


    If Rep. Akin is so sure of his theory, we can test for reliability. Simply have Mrs. Akin bend over, take one from the rear, and wait a couple days for the results.

    If Rep. Akin is correct, there is no problem. If Rep Akin is incorrect, he has gained another tax deduction at the expense of the tax payers.

    Simply a modification of the act “taking one for the Gipper.” Reagan would be proud.

  12. Crazy2lolo August 20, 2012

    To Todd Akin
    See this. NOW KISS IT………

  13. Alice August 20, 2012

    What an idiot this guy is !Rape is one of the most horrendous experiences that could happen to anyone, man or woman Shame Shame on this ignorant man.

  14. Alice August 20, 2012

    I am so disgusted as a survivor of rape that this is making me sick to my stomach!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. edwardw69 August 20, 2012

      Relax. He’s finished: one way or the other. And I hope it’s the other–that he stays in the race and is defeated by a senator who was a prosecutor defending rape victims.

    2. BDD1951 August 20, 2012

      I am so sorry Alice. I hope you have been able to work through such a terrible experience. My Grandaughter was raped when she was 12. Luckily she has managed to work through it and leads a very productive life.

  15. SoftHeart August 20, 2012

    Who still thinks “Nixon” was wrong about the recording voice and video in all public offices, being mandatory in ll 50 states. (Watergate) Open to public viewings, 24/7 any time any where.. May be if they knew we were watching them, they my actually do there jobs?

  16. karinursula August 20, 2012

    It always gets to me when I read Men talking or writing about rape. As if the would
    know about this terrible subject. And why would they call it forcible rape? For me
    rape is rape, it really doesn’t ‘ matter if it was date rape or stranger rape. Either way
    you look at it, it is violence. I remember when men said in court that women ask for it.
    I was raped, and no I did not ask for it.

    1. edwardw69 August 20, 2012

      Karen, men get raped, too. Usually when they are young. Does it happen as often as with women? Most men (boys) don’t report it, so who knows. But you are right: rape is rape. No adjective needed in front of the word.

    2. Ana Petti August 20, 2012

      Men – and a very few women – rape babies, children, women and men…

  17. blueclouds123 August 20, 2012

    Dear Republican party, including women Republications. In regards to not allowing an abortion caused by rape or incest: What if it happened to you (women) or someone in your family? Please tell us what you would do.

  18. blueclouds123 August 20, 2012

    Americans wake up. The country is being led down a very dangerous path by all Republicans. Sure the economy has not improved as desired, but why is this, do you not remember all the plans President Obama suggested to give people work,. build bridges, roads, green jobs, farm jobs, who did not agree with these plans? The republicans. I can no longer spell republican with a capital R as by doing this it would show respect. Romeny cannot make his own decisions, he listens to what the other republicans say about all issues and then makes a statement. Very weak.

    1. AdamMos August 20, 2012

      You are so right. The only thing the republicans have going for them is the high unemployment rate. Anything that would lower that rate is bad news for them. In fact had they allowed Obama to grow public sector jobs at a rate of 3% ( like Reagan during his recovery) unemployment would be below 7%. Instead they forced him with the debt limit hostage crises to fire 600,000 public sector workers which raises the unemployment rate so they can hit him over the head with it. How disingeniuos. They hand him the worst economy imaginable, prohibit him from fixing it ( although he did fix it) and then blame him for it. Absolutely disgusting!

      I enjoy watching Hannity and Oreilly talk about how worse everyone is from 4 years ago. That is of course not including themselves and most of their viewers. Their incomes haves doubled and their stock portfolios as well. You know even Rush is voting for Obama to keep his ratings up. Rush disappeared when Bush got in.

  19. fel121 August 20, 2012

    I just want to know who the women are that marry this Neanderthals and stand by them smiling like idiots when they say stupid crap like this, what woman does not slap her husband in the back of the head and hang a no vacancy sign on her belt after a comment like this.

  20. Charlie Key August 20, 2012

    “Legitimate Rape” that is the oxymoron to top all oxymoron. Of course it was a comment by a moron so I guess it is easy to understand why he would say something so f…..ing stupid.

  21. Donald Corbin August 20, 2012

    what a freakin moron twit

  22. USMCBLACKOPS August 20, 2012

    MY FELLOW AMERICANS: Abortion should NOT be governed by the Government or ANY POLITICAN, A womans Body is NOT their Business,A woman has a GOD GIVEN RIGHT to protect Her Body in whatever way She sees fit, Maybe when the Great law makers seriously find a way to protect Women from Rape ,”Castration” Concealed Carry in all States,etc. then MAYBE JUST MAYBE the Criminals will think twice from attacking and Raping a Woman. AND YES I AM A MAN.!!!

  23. Stacie Monahan August 20, 2012

    Listen, I am going to share something very personal, and I feel I have to because of this idiot that claims the body can abort a pregnancy or shut down due to the trauma of a rape! I was raped about three years ago and I got pregnant I had my child and loved him very much, but I also know that my body did not cause any shut down due to my trauma, this man is an idiot and a person who should not be the head of anything!!! I am in counseling and I see a psychiatrist because of what happened, but I do know I love my son and always will!!!!!

  24. howa4x August 20, 2012

    This is not an abberation in republican thinking. Is it that far off from forcing a woman to undergo a vaginal ultra sound probe that has no medical justification and is really just punishing and humiliating her for her sexual misdeeds? Isn’t that a form of rape, forcing something into a woman without her concent? Where were all the outraged republicans when the Va legislature passed it? Romney wouldn’t take a position on it and ran away from the issue. Where was his outrage? Where was Senator Brown? Granted Akin was the most outrageous of all, by not by much. The Va assembly followed up that stunt by banning a female representative from saying the word vagina on the assembly floor. Ya think republicans have a problem with that organ? Regardless of how many republicans come out about this one act their party on a state level has done a lot of damage to women with their anti abortion zeal and the fights in congress over contraception. From Rush calling a congressional witness a slut, to Rep Issa holding a hearing on it and not inviting one woman to it ,the Republican brand is anti woman, and especially anti women’s rights to control their own reproductive system. The party will have a hard time convincing woman that they have their best interests at heart when all they have done is to show them that they want the control they had over women in the time of white Christian men, the 50’s. This is the recreation of the show, Father Knows Best. The only women that support these efforts are religious fanatics like Bachmann, and Palin or stepford looking wives of republican politicians like Ann Romney. Both Romney and Ryan have both said they will repeal Roe/Wade, so for women the choice is very clear now. Move toward a future of freedom where your rights are protected or go back in time to submission.

  25. Hubert August 20, 2012

    POTUS Obama held his first press conference in over a month. Was it about Americans killed in the Mideast? Was it about Iran? Was it about the Muslim Brotherhood? Was it about a budget? Was it about the national debt? No it was about rape and Todd Akin. What is more important the condition of our country or brownie points?

    1. Ana Petti August 20, 2012

      Try to remember that in addition to his job as President 24/7, Mr. Obama, also, has to campaign, hopefully to keep the country on track to recovery and to keep people like you out and away from government. You have no idea how he deals with your questions on a day-to-day basis, so rather than assume you do, try to demonstrate a shred of intelligence give him the benefit of the doubt that he is doing his best, unless you think you can do better.

    2. Landsende August 20, 2012

      If President Obama was trying to score “brownie points” he did. He said it’s time that politicians, who are mainly men, should quit trying to legislate women’s health care. No other politician while condemning Akin had the guts to say that. The media conveniently left out that part of his remarks which I for one consider to be the most important. It’s time for men to start worrying about their own bodies and quit trying to control women’s. Thank you President Obama, for sticking up for women’s rights.

    3. ExPAVIC August 21, 2012


      Rubbing American Taliban Republican stupid Senator candidate’s nose in the dirt is more important than anything.

      Where does the ATR find these idiots for you morons to vote for?

      And don’t give me that Karl Rove crap about trying to divert stupidity with a challenging remark. Yuck Fou all you clowns.

  26. rockin_the_bay_in_Tampa August 20, 2012

    Romney was the “best” pick of the original 9 or so that started…then one by one they started off the “rising star of the GOP” then as they began to become better known, they began to fart and fizzle due to showing their asses, had too much trash in their closets, too stupid to even know the bill of rights, and the list goes on…Now we have a very rich, out of touch with the common man, pandering to the Koch brothers, let them eat cake, jack ass running for president. He has no more intention of creating jobs than the man in the moon. Furthermore, he alone can’t create a damn thing. That is what every republician presidental candidate for the last 30 years has used–jobs and taxes…I am still waiting for the pay off!

  27. NOT GONNA TAKE IT August 20, 2012

    Well, Ryan co-sponsored a bill to redefine rape with Akin. As far as I am he approved and validated Akin’s point of view and we know what to expect from Ryan should he be elected. They wish to redefine rape so they can redefine what “consent” is. Rape is lack of consent. Period.

  28. joujou228 August 20, 2012

    They are more afraid of Rush Limbauh than this congressman. Where were they when Rush call Sandra Fluke a slut and prostitute? Paul Ryan co-sponsor a personhood ammendment with Todd Aiken, Mitt Romney said he would sign it when he was on Hukabee show on Fox news. So spare me the faux outrage! I am sick and tired of hearing that Mitt Romney is top of the ticket therefore Paul Ryan has to accept Romne’s view. One simple question, who takes over if the president is unable to perform his duties?

    1. edwardw69 August 20, 2012

      Yea, who?
      R/R: Frick and Frack. Feedledee and Feedledumb. Peas out of the same pod.
      And even worse, if possible, who takes over if Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden go down right now? Crybaby Boner.

  29. barbara August 20, 2012

    Akins’ remark is more offensive than most of what the Republicans have said and done about many women’s issues but is a sign of how ignorant they are about women’s needs and rights. Rights that have been fought for over generations, beginning with the right to vote.
    They must be so threatened by us women that they want to send us back decades into servitude.

    Stupid is as stupid does. The dumbing down of America is not just in the general population, but also among our illustrious representatives in Washington.
    What a pity!!! and scary……

  30. Joe August 20, 2012

    When it comes down to being elected to office, these people will feed on their own, look what Ryan is doing to his Mom.

  31. Yvette White August 20, 2012

    most of you consevatives konw that this is over after today and all the stupid things that the G.O.P.has said and done its a rap for you guy’s

  32. susanai August 20, 2012

    Romney’s reply was weak as pss. Sorta like him.

  33. RPierard August 20, 2012

    Why should Akin drop out? He believes what a good share of the Missouri Republican Party constituency does. He also is tied in with a major Republican constituency, the evangelicals. Nobody seems to realize that he is a graduate of the Presbyterian Church in America’s flagship seminary in St. Louis, Covenant Theological Seminary, and that he beleives God called him to a ministry in politics rather than a parish ministry. His ideas may seem (are) wacko, but lots of people agree with him, including Romney’s vp choice, Ryan.

    1. Ana Petti August 20, 2012

      Chilling to contemplate….maybe Akin’s blatant ignorance is the wakeup call this country needed to see who is trying to bring this country down….finally, a shock so severe that it cannot be ignored or brushed aside for Sunday football, reality t.v., and game-playing. One can only hope…..

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  34. Phil August 20, 2012

    Thank you thank you thank you Mr. Aiken.
    There is NOTHING like an idiot sticking his foot in his mouth, especially if he is a Republican.

  35. BDD1951 August 20, 2012

    Doesn’t it make you wonder how many of these so called conservatives wives and daughters have had abortions? I’ll bet the is a bunch.

  36. blueclouds123 August 20, 2012

    Women, Republican or Democrat rise up and do the right thing, do NOT vote Republican. Give the house and congress to Obama. With this control he will get us out of trouble, a better economy and this dam stupidity will end. Do you really want to live in the middle ages, I thought male domination over women had come to a stop or was not so bad. These people Romney included call themselves christians, they are not. I would really like to know what they would do if their wives, daughters, daughter-in-laws were raped what would they do, would they call them loose women as they are now saying about women who are raped? I truly wonder and perhaps they should be asked and forced to answer these questions. They say they are going to punish Atkins and not let come to the republican conference and are making a big display of saying they are going to kick him out of the party, we will see. Doctors who say women cannot get pregnant when raped should have their medical credentials checked. What rubbish.

  37. You_must_be_kidding_me August 20, 2012

    If Republicans are going to require voters to show ID, then Republicans should be required to pass an intelligence test and psychological evaluation to serve in government. No wonder they want to abolish the Dept of Education. They are not the smartist guys in the room, they just pretend they are.

    1. Ana Petti August 20, 2012

      Excellent suggestion….but that would mean that most of the Republican seats would be empty.

  38. blueclouds123 August 20, 2012

    With all this money flowing into the republican party by many rich people who willnot have their names disclosed, but the one superpac we know is run by Rove, a republican. Do you think with all this money Romney and the super pacs are buying the seat of President? These super pacs are also pouring money into individual states and trying very hard to change voting rights to the poor and middle class. Is this democracy? Do NOT let these people, Romney, tea party BUY the presidents job.

  39. Frank August 20, 2012

    Let him run — and lose. The GOP doesn’t deserve to win.

  40. rataezo August 20, 2012

    Who needs sharia law when you got GOP members like that.

  41. Robert P. Robertson August 20, 2012

    Viewers were dumbfounded watching Akins expound on a woman’s ability to control her reproductive organs in preventing pregnancy after a horrific act of rape. We were waiting for him to burst out laughing, crying out “PUNKED! I got’cha! I’m just joking!” But he was serious, extrapolating a woman’s ability to physiologically zap an invassive sperm from impregnating her after a barbaric act. We asked, “Does he have a mother, a wife, a daugther?” Do they have that supernatural ability to control when, how, and for whom they would become pregnant with, even if it were by force? With a superhuman ability like that, who needs abortion or birth control? But then, how really stupid does these Republicans and Tea Baggers think we are? Let’s show them in November. VOTE!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Roy August 20, 2012

    I’d bet the average 6th grader knows more about human physiology than Akin.

  43. jazznj August 21, 2012


  44. dwrsr1952 August 21, 2012

    hey the GOP and DEM have crazy people both in the party. Here in South Carolina we had Alvin Greene running for congress last time, so it shows we as Americans just need to weed out the crazy ones. I t is not left or right but the person we should be voting for period

  45. ExPAVIC August 21, 2012


    Why doesn’t Akin use his wife to test his theory. See if she gets pregnant.

  46. H. Steven Kerbow August 21, 2012

    I’m just wondering how he did in Biology during this part of the Human Body???? Was he absent during the entire chapter like he apparently is now?

  47. Lawrence August 21, 2012

    This statement is worse than the Gaffe VP-Biden made about the Chains.Candidate Ryan
    I don’t know.What else is he linked to?

  48. 13observer August 21, 2012

    Welcome to the fantasy world of politics where you don’t have to know sh#t….just be careful not to fu*k up your intention with the wrong words. This sh#t makes my ass tired. The biggest shock of the day was when Obama took time out of his busy dat to address this issue….wow, what a political move!

  49. 13observer August 21, 2012

    As punishment for mis speaking he should have to show a “photo I.D.” wherever he goes however, if he is going to the Democratic National Convention…..ha ha……..he will have to show it as they are hypocrites when it comes to showing I.D. and to whom it is applied!

  50. Bigspender August 21, 2012

    The pretend disgust on the part of some republicans like Romney shows were in an election year. I doubt if Paul Ryan will chime in on this but I’m waiting for Rush Limbaugh to explain to us why Akin’s statement is on point.

  51. whitetiger August 21, 2012

    Congressman Akin only said what the Republicans are saying behind close doors. He made the mistake of speaking his true feelings, which the rest of the party know if they speak what they really think the voters will turn against them. Rape is rape, anyone with common sense would know that.

  52. Melvin August 21, 2012


  53. Norm Hinderliter August 21, 2012

    I find it totally ironic that this, among other “scandals”, only DO come to light, during election-year “mud-slinging”. At any other time, the Republicans would have issued a simple “in-approapriate” statement.

    I guess this just shows how totally desperate the Republican party is, to try to Gain ANY advantage, over Democrats.

  54. Richard Holmes August 21, 2012

    Abort all black babies.

  55. Andrew August 21, 2012

    Some people in the media call the condemnation of Akin a “decent stance”; normally, I’d agree, but, we’re talking about the Party of Hypocrisy, The Republican Party…nearly every GOP politician in this country has, at one time or another, advocated for “backdoor” abortion bans, either in word or indirectly, like personhood bills. The GOP are experts at condemning someone and being hypocrites simultaneously. Alumahead is 1000% correct about the proximity of the elections being a factor of the GOP’s “condemnation”.
    If you’re a GOP moderate or an undecided Independent voter reading this, how much more proof do you need that the GOP have the best interests of only three groups of “people” in mind: zygotes/fetuses (and don’t give a sh!t afterwards unless the child is born into a rich family); angry, rich old white men (and their offspring) and big corporations?!? Do you truly support their abortion ban, their Reverse Robin Hood fiscal policies, their hypocrisy, their corruption, their elitism, their fascism, their incompetence, their bigotry, their greed and their arrogance?!? If you’re like me, you get tired of seeing their politicians and talking heads giving us nothing but GOP BS, hypocrisy, talking points, deflections and distortions when they speak. They essentialy abandoned the truth in 2000 because they knew (and still know) that it doesn’t back them up. I dunno about you, but I’m not so stupid as to believe their BS, which is why I, a Progressive Non-Affiliated voter, don’t intend on voting for a Republican (or even a Libertarian, who aren’t much better than the GOP) anytime soon. The GOP have been infiltrated by extremist and ignorant idiots, which is why many GOP moderates have left the party and Independents are shying away from them, too.
    We have an important choice to make in November: if you want to replace our democracy with a fascist corporate plutarchy, by all means, vote Republican. If you want to keep our democracy, vote DEMOCRAT, a straight ticket, to do that. By the way: in North Carolina, apparently, if you want to vote a “straight ticket”, you have to vote for that in addition to voting for all candidates of a particular party…it’s a really stupid voting law there, so beware.

  56. plynth August 21, 2012

    I saw a number of people on a comment page yesterday who were defending the Akin “shut down response” as factually accurate. Amazingly, there are a lot of Republicans who think its true. When we find out the source for the reasons why Republicans legislate the way they do, we are routinely amazed.
    Like their love for Israel, for instance. You think they love Israel because of its global strategic importance? You think its because they love the Jews? Wrong and Wrong.

    The ignorant, the bigot and the racist have all found comfortable homes in GOP-ville.

  57. plynth August 21, 2012

    I suggest that the Democrats take the GOP’s phony, self-rightious, so-called principled stands, i.e. “We never compromise, we’ll agree on common ground terms only”, and hang it right around Ryan’s neck. If this definition of rape appears in a bill where Paul Ryan and Todd Akin collaborated, then it had to be ‘common ground’ between the two. We know these Republicans are too highly principled to ever imagine that Ryan ‘compromised’ with Akin and Ryan thereby allowed the language to go in the bill. Ryan and Akin could only have found common ground with this definition of rape.

    Oh, what’s that? Republicans will compromise with each other? So what is this about Republicans being too morally beautiful to compromise?
    So which is it Ryan? Did you find common ground with Akin or did you thoroughly debase yourself and compromise?

  58. onedonewong August 21, 2012

    Republicans have demanded that Akin resign as a moral party should do. Yet Biden makes racist remarks and the Dem’s retort is so….
    Clinton raped women and the Dem reaction was sooooo. It must be hard for Dem’s to look in the mirror and ever criticize Republicans knowing full well they can’t carry their jock straps

  59. Jim August 22, 2012

    It seems to me that if any republican is asked a question that requires actual thought their brain automatically shuts down as though they’ve been raped.

    But the real kicker is the second part of his stupidity when he adds “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” What “whole thing” is he referring to? He must think that children are found in the pumpkin patch.

    A good example of the need for the existance of Planned Parenthood.

  60. Ed August 25, 2012

    LEGITAMITE RAPE! Does that mean it’s legal? Only in the depths of Akins mind.

  61. Sara Torres August 26, 2012

    This was very well, said. Did you happen to see the clip of, Paul Ryan, how he explained how an abortion was performed? Sick…Yes, both, Romney & Ryan, running with their tail between their legs…they know they just got sucker punched in the face, with Mr. Akins, and his ignorance, re: “Legitimate Rape”..REALLY! They both signed, for, “Ban on Abortion” along with their buddy, Akin…it would make them hypocrites. Romney has all sons, but one day he will have granddaughters, he does have a wife…she needs to wake up. Paul Ryan, has a wife & daughters, tell me that he would make them carry a child, that was conceived from being raped? Hi Wife, his daughters, REALLY! Who in the hell do they think they are anyway, telling women what they can & can’t do with their body. For all you ladies that want to vote for these morons, your body belongs to you , it is your “Constitutional Right” “Rowe -v-Wade,” hello. Your body & what you choose to do with it, it is the most intimate part of being you. Your body is your temple. Don’t let them take that from you…LEGITIMATE RAPE–REALLY…WHAT IS THAT? RAPE BY A LEGITIMATE PENIS? REALLY


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