Judging by the reaction to Todd Akin's
recent political gaffe, it's apparent Democrats are more loyal to
their own than are the Republicans.
Should Congressman Todd Akin drop out of the senatorial race in
Missouri over his misspoken words about rape? He used the
expression "legitimate rape" when he, as he later said, should have
used the expression "forcible rape." He was being asked by a
reporter about his views on the acceptability of abortion in the
case of rape.
Make no mistake, he blew it with that terminology. He was trying
to distinguish between a genuine, forcible rape and such things as
statutory rape -- where the minor female would be consensual in the
act but it would still legally be a "rape." And then there are the
made-up accusations of rape as happened in the infamous Tawana
Brawley case that Al Sharpton became famous for.
Getting into this type of discussions is not something for short
television interviews, quite frankly. Akin should have just said:
"I've been consistently pro-life over my career, and my view is
that we should not punish the unborn baby for the sins of the
father. Next question."
But wow -- the way in which the GOP establishment, the liberal
media, and even many conservatives came down on Akin, you would
have thought he had called our first African-American president a
"clean" man or something. Oh wait ... that was now-Vice President
Joe Biden when he was running against Barack Obama in the
Democratic primary four years ago.
So let me get this straight. Biden gets "punished" by the
Democrats for calling a black man "clean" by being named to the
ticket, while Akin gets absolutely crucified by his fellow
Republicans for a misspeak? As if there were any legitimacy to the
idea that he was somehow "pro rape" or insensitive to rape
This is nuts! And the manner in which it has been treated by
some of his fellow Republicans is just downright shameful.
Political commentator Ann Coulter called Akin a "selfish
It is clear that the Democrats are more loyal to their own than
are the Republicans.
In the most recent case of Biden, while speaking to a
predominantly black audience, he told them the Republicans want to
"put ya'll back in chains." Obviously, Biden meant that
metaphorically. But it was an offensive comment to many blacks,
bringing up the imagery of slavery, and former Democratic governor
of Virginia Douglas Wilder called it race-baiting. But there were
no calls by Democrats for Biden to step down -- no universal
condemnation by the media.
Akin has been selected by the Republicans of Missouri to be
their candidate. He has invested a year or two of his life working
for this opportunity. To crush the man over a slip-up while
speaking, when everyone reading this knows he did not mean to
suggest rape was in any case "legitimate," is just plain wrong.
Now, I do believe it is important to the goals of the Republican
Party nationally to win this Senate race in Missouri -- and
according to some polls this has hurt Akin'schances, at least in
the short term. I believe if it becomes apparent that he can't
recover from this gaffe in the next ten days and another candidate
of similar views would have a better chance of beating Democratic
incumbent Claire McCaskill, then he should remove himself from the
race. But let it be for practical reasons rather than giving in to
this irrational, immediate, unjust, extreme pressure that he is
being subjected to right now.
It's a shame -- but I guess in politics you are just one word
away from finding out the friends you thought you had were really
no friends at all.
Tim Wildmon (firstname.lastname@example.org) is president of the American Family
Association in Tupelo, MS. This column is printed with
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