The GOP have been quick with the public relations hand-wringing and furrowing of bald pates after Rep. Todd Akin’s bizarre comments. Over the weekend Akin offered this dodge for the need of an abortion after rape:
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Plenty of Republican bigwigs, including National Review, have called for him to exit his Missouri Senate race. The thinking among the right-wing is that the gender gap among voters, especially after Rush Limbaugh’s sluttening of politics, is sizable and will only grow worse as long as a target like Akin hangs around.
But what about the rest of the wingnuts? What’s the point of exiling your drunken uncle from the family gathering when the whole clan is berserk? Since when are the rest of the Republican intelligentsia above poor stupid Todd Akin?
Take Bryan Fischer for instance. It’s his job to be the stupidest asshole on the internet. Everybody agrees on this, Bryan particularly and proudly. So after he says this, why is he welcome in the GOP?
“What Todd Akin is talking about is when you’ve got a real, genuine rape. A case of forcible rape, a case of assault rape, where a woman has been violated against her will, through the use of physical force, where it is physically traumatic for her,” Fischer said on his radio program.
Not a sort of snuggle-crime. Or an argument over the rules of slap-and-tickle. Really?
“Under those circumstances, the woman’s body — because of the trauma that has been inflicted on her — it may interfere with the normal functioning processes of her body that lead to conception and pregnancy. There’s a very delicate and complex mix of hormones that take place that are released in a woman’s body and if that gets interfered with it may make it impossible for her or difficult in that particular circumstance to conceive a child.”
Bryan’s been important enough a wingnut that virtually any presidential candidate has to kiss his ring before pursuing the evangelical vote. So he’s not going anywhere.
Thus the hypocrisy? Because he’s powerfully insane. He’s got so much of the speaking-in-tongues crowd behind him that he’s allowed to be as brutally insulting and idiotic as he likes. Akin’s equally dumb but he’s only a politician.
Paramount among equals, Chris Loesch. He understands biology, too, and you people have got everything all freaking wrong.
Akin was all “medically correct.” We take this for granted because Twitter warriors are very science. Anybody who gives his life over to shouting in short sentences is likely sensible and carrying an acute background in the molecular mechanics of human biology. If that isn’t true none of his colleagues particularly cares and no one’s more or less upset about anything of current note.