They should have listened to Sarah Palin

This is the kind of self-inflicted wound that makes you feel sorry for everyone who voted for him:

Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant

Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.

“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.”

Akin said that even in the worst-case scenario — when the supposed natural protections against unwanted pregnancy fail — abortion should still not be a legal option for the rape victim.

Two weeks ago Sarah Palin was stumping around Missouri on behalf of Sarah Steelman. Todd Akin won the GOP nomination and will face Claire McCaskill in November.

I bet the voters would like a do-over right about now.

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60 Responses to They should have listened to Sarah Palin

  1. myiq2xu says:

  2. Oswald says:

    Male politicians (and men in general) should never speak in public about anything having to do with female biology or anatomy.

  3. carol haka says:


  4. He understands that from “doctors” does he? Hmmm….. what kind of “doctors” would those be??

  5. carol haka says:

    He should be forced to resign!

  6. HELENK says:

    another ” how long have you been stupid” moment

    Yes they should have listened to Sarah.

    If we get stuck with McCaskill again the state GOP should committ hari kari

  7. HELENK says:

    I do want more women in politics. But can anyone tell me why the democrats seem to pick every stupid woman they can find? Many of them a just an embarrassment

    • yttik says:

      I swear, they do it on purpose. That way they can keep women from uniting and leaving the D party behind.

  8. carol haka says:

    78 days until all hell breaks lose on either side! 👿

  9. angienc says:


  10. carol haka says:

    These relics should be actively looking for the opportunity to just shut the fuck up! 👿 👿

  11. carol haka says:

    It’s now the fp of huff. Seriously, how does he define “legitimate rape”?

    • votermom says:

      This tweet made me laugh though

      • angienc says:

        Made me laugh too — first thing I thought of when I heard “legitimate rape” was Whoopie’s “rape rape” comment.

        The main problem with Akin — I mean, more than my disagreement with him on abortion in the first place — is that he is scientifically wrong — there is no “bodily shut down” that prevents a victim of rape from getting pregnant and the entire absurd idea is sexist bullshit that makes it incumbent on the victim to prevent her own pregnancy during rape to prove she *was* raped — similar to the “if she drowns, she isn’t a witch” mentality of days of yore. That stupidity of his right there proves he is unfit to hold public office more than my disagreement with him on abortion.

        Pregnancy from rape is rare only because (1) there are only a few days in a woman’s cycle when she is ovulating in the first place and (2) most hospitals offer victims the Morning After Pill.

        • yttik says:

          There are also quite a few rapists who either use condoms thinking they’ll be covering their tracks, or don’t make a deposit at all, since they’re more into power and control than the end result.

        • angienc says:

          Very good point, yttik — I forgot to mention that as well — rapists often use condoms, fail to reach climax and/or use foreign objects to commit their rapes — all of which, obviously, would prevent pregnancy.

    • angienc says:

      He needs to step down. Period. He’s a moron. He just handed the race to McCaskill, who really, really, really does not deserve re-election,but if I was in MO, I’d vote for her over him in a heartbeat now.

      It’s Sharon Angle v. Harry Reid all over again — Reid was beatable but those idiot SoCons had to mess it all up by nominating her instead of one of the *sane* Republicans in the primary.

      • Oswald says:

        That’s the kind of comment that even makes pro-life voters wonder if he’s got all his oars in the water.

  12. PiperMN says:

    Maybe they can have a primary recall election before the big one. This guy is done and no way will he be able to walk away from his ‘macaca’

  13. PiperMN says:

    Wondering how many dems were told to vote for idjit knowing that he was the most easily beaten candidate so Claire-ble could win. I’m positive that this is what happened in both Nevada and Delaware – the weakest dingbat candidate won the GOP primary and the rest is history.

    • angienc says:

      I’ve read stuff to this effect on conservative sites — that Claire was telling people to vote for Akin in the primary (similar to the robo-calls the DNC made to support Santorum in the primary against Romney).

  14. HELENK says:

    state party concerned, is that political speak for ” OH SHIT”

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Way to lose moderate dems and conservative women, what a dickhead. Was there no discussion on this topic during the primary to flesh out his lunacy?

    • cj says:

      No kidding, where was the vetting. You can only hide stupid like that for so long before it goes boom.

  16. Well, there’s an opportunity for the Republicans to change the game when it comes to women:

  17. Lulu says:

    Niall Ferguson: Obama’s Gotta Go
    The intelligentsia is turning and it is about goddamn time.

    • cj says:

      I had to double check to see if that cover was for real. Truly historic & unprecedented, never thought I’d live to see the day. I might have to buy it & frame the damned thing for posterity’s sake.

  18. JohnSmart says:

    This is the type who is the hope of Democrats everywhere. Watch for this moment to be a case study. The question for Ryan in the VP debate is being worked over right now to perfect its lethality.

    • angienc says:

      Yeah, Akin is the Dems only hope this year — too bad Ryan’s not actually Akin & will be too smart to fall for it. In fact, I imagine his answer (also being worked over right now) will be the real “game changer” that the Dems are wishcasting that Akin’s is.

  19. 49erDweet says:

    Missed by almost 6 feet! Shot himself in the foot, instead. Dead man walking either way. Two bits says the “doctors” he relies on are quacks.

  20. tommy says:

    This Akin guy is insane. Now he claims that he misspoke. You can’t fix stupid. Even extreme rightwingers are enraged and are clamouring for him to step down. Hes got till Tuesday. If he steps down by then, the state GOP can appoint someone else to take on Claire.

  21. I’m not worried about it. Remember how long it took to clear out the George Wallace types from the Dem party? Wallace gave Carter a run for his money in 1976.

    And judging by both Akins & McCaskill, Missourians will get what they deserve.

  22. HELENK says:


  23. driguana says:

    Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation put this up today…
    I think he brings up a really good point, Akin should step aside….he’ll never win now.

  24. angienc says:

    And BOOM Romney/Ryan distance themselves from Akin:

    • If Romney is smart, he will use this to express sympathy for victims of rape. Looks like he’s already on it.

      • angienc says:

        No “ifs” about it — Romney’s smart. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: there’s a reason Romney’s made millions in private equity taking risks and the rest of us haven’t.

  25. bluestate says:

    this level of ignorance is unacceptable. i hope republicans show some damn sense and boot this creep quick. apparently they have until tuesday 8/21.

  26. carol haka says:

    Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with these imbeciles?

    Throw them all out! 👿

  27. DandyTiger says:

    This is exactly the type of Republican most Democrats believe make up the entire party. He didn’t just kill his changes of winning in November, he could also severally hurt Romney/Ryan chances. What the hell was Missouri thinking? Is the MO GOP really for Obama. It sure seems like it. Watch the Obama campaign grab onto this like a pit bull for several weeks. It will be a major topic of the convention. It might stop the new momentum of the R&R campaign in its tracks. Such a gift to the Dems.

    • leslie says:

      He didn’t just kill his changes of winning in November, he could also severally hurt Romney/Ryan chances

      It was probably exactly what the Democrats thought as they contributed to the campaign.

  28. Jane says:

    I don’t know how many people know this, but Bill Clinton of all people, when he met Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign, said that Palin had good political instincts.

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