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You know, the problem with today's web-connected, 24-hour cable channel world is that, if you say something stupid, it takes on a life of itself, and you don't really have a chance to explain what you meant to say.  Case in point is Congressman...Ben Quayle.

Rep. Quayle saw 'no inappropriate behavior' on Israel trip

Oops!, sorry, I got distracted by other new stories.  We are, of course, talking about the "legitimate rape" brouhaha, and I meant of course Congressman...Steve King.

Congressman Steve King Has Never Heard of Someone Getting Pregnant Through Statutory Rape or Incest

Wrong again!  No, we're talking about Congressman Todd Akin, who's campaign for Claire McCaskill's Senate seat is floundering, thanks to some untoward remarks about how women just couldn't get pregnant from sexual assault, as long as it was "legitimate".  Akin has tastefully apologized for his "words", but in the firestorm of criticism and demands for him to drop out (mostly from people who agree with him philosophically, but would never have the bad taste to say it) he's never been given the change to explain what he meant to say...until now.

This afternoon, Akin paid a friendly visit to Christian evangelical/Right Wing Talk Radio host Mike Huckabee (who encouraged him to get into the race in the first place), and after committing to stay in the race (nb - the deadline to drop out is only an hour away), thoughtfully cleared the air about what his real message was:

AKIN: You know, Dr. Willke has just released a statement and part of his letter, I think he just stated it very clearly. He said, of course Akin never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but to false claims like those made in Roe v. Wade and I think that simplifies it….. There isn’t any legitimate rapist…. [I was] making the point that there were people who use false claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade.
So, there you have it.  He didn't mean that "women lie about being raped, because if they were raped, they couldn't get pregnant".  He just meant "women lie about being raped".

Doesn't that clear everything up?

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  •  It's not even about his use of the word... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... "legitimate."

    It's about his absurd belief, based on the lunatic ideas spouted by crackpots like Dr. Willke, that a woman being raped can somehow shut down the reproductive process.

    These fucking backwards-thinking, anti-science assholes are driving this country into the ground on all sorts of critical issues, from what a woman is allowed to do with her body to the dire consequences of climate change.

  •  Clear as day (2+ / 0-)
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    Republicans are now defending rapists.  They are the pro-rape party.

    Pro-life, my ass.  They are anti-woman.  Shit, they're pro-rape now.  The cat's out of the bag guys.  Just keep defending rapists.  Keep it up.  I always knew what was in your rotten little hearts.  Now everybody else can see.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 02:29:50 PM PDT

  •  Of course he's never heard of this (1+ / 0-)
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    La la la la... I can't hear you...
  •  I don't what is more insulting (1+ / 0-)
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    Akin's original comment, or his floundering "clarification" where he implied most women who say they were raped are liars.

    I hope McCaskill hands him his ass in November.

    As of right now, I loathe all anti-choice politicians with an intensity greater than the radiation output of a thousand suns. 3.13.12

    by GenuineRisk on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 08:18:21 PM PDT

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