The Democratic Party just commissioned PPP to do a flash poll on the Missouri Senate race. Before Akin's commments, he was leading McCaskill 45-44. Tonight he leads 44-43. Nothing has changed, the reason being that, as much as some Republicans hate what Akin said, they hate McCaskill so much that they are not allowing Akin's gaffe to change their minds, and they know it's a gaffe too. Republicans who supported McCaskill went from 8% to 10%, which when accounting for the margin of error in the poll, is statistically nothing. Interestingly, independent numbers stayed exactly the same too. This is not like George Allen's macaca moment in Virginia. In Virginia, many voters liked the alternative. They don't in Missouri. I am still calling this race for the GOP.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
Are we to let a politician redefine what rape is because a woman can't get pregnant from a "legitimate" rape?
Last edited by Moot; 08-20-12 at 11:26 PM.
Hell yeah. I say keep him in there. He is the face of the Republican Party. I don't know why Romney didn't pick him for the VP position.
Am still uncertain about the "legitimate rape" though. I wonder if Akin got raped by an escaped male prisoner would that be "legitimate rape" or just a friendly rape?
What could he possibly have meant when he said:
'...the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.?
The "what the hell is 'legitimate' rape" is another question, and a very good one. He is probably another rapist apologist who believes in some variant of "she was asking for it because she's a whore," if I had a guess. And believe me, I could go off on that for ages.
But one of the things that is wrong with the public dialogue is that it lacks focus and is easily derailed. And that's what politicians like this count on. A confused and incomprehensible discourse that's been driven off the rails to buy them time to run for cover. This particular guy has a history of going for shock value whenever he doesn't want to talk about something, as someone posted earlier.
I'm sticking to the question in an attempt to not be part of that, even though there are multiple issues in play here. We know more about his stance on abortion than we do on rape (though it's not hard to guess what it is), and so I'm focusing on it.
While I think that his comment was STUPID, it was indeed a gaffe. This gaffe is distorted totally out of proportion. Methinks it's because of his political affiliation. Our dear VP (aka Uncle Joe) has made political gaffe history and the only one that got even the slightest attention (greater than 60 seconds) was his 'F-bomb'. And even that was brushed aside by the MSM.
Having once lived in Missouri for 3 years (not sure why I put that in but it seemed to enhance my credibility) ... I hope he stays in the race and wins. While I do think that the Republicans should condemn the statement ... I think they should learn from the Dims who refuse to condemn their own and keep on keepin' on.