Todd Akin is a Republican Congressman representing Missouri’s 2nd District, and is the overwhelming leader competing for the title of Biggest Dumbass in America.
Bad enough that any politician is dumb enough and cruel enough to publicly endorse a ban on abortions that makes no exception for a woman who is raped. But Akin has to shoot himself in the foot with his declaration that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” cannot get pregnant, due to some physiological reason that exists only in extreme cases of Right-Wing Brain Damage.
Akin’s words were: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” He later claimed he mis-spoke, that it was just an unfortunate choice of words. That’s politician-speak for “incredibly stupid thing to say.”
It’s nothing new for a politician to put his foot in his mouth. Politicians say stupid things every day. You know a politician is in trouble when everyone in his own party asks him to drop out of the election, and fade into obscurity – because he is embarrassing them.
You know he’s a total dumbass when he ignores them, stays in the race, and tries to defend his stupid statement. The standup comics and cartoonists are having a field day with the guy. Akin’s the best thing to happen for them, since Cheney shot the lawyer.
Since his idiot moment was a rape comment, nobody thinks he’s very funny. They are laughing at the man’s incredible ignorance, stupidity, and insensitivity. And the stupid jokes just keep on coming. And coming.
The best so far is from the Daily Currant, an online satire newspaper a la The Onion, whose parody is so well done that it will pass for serious news with many readers. While it is NOT true that Akin claimed breastmilk can cure homosexuality, he has been forced to issue a public statement denying the statment.
It’s Dan Quayle deja vu all over again. Poor Dan said a handful of stupid things, but many more got reported that he never said. People believed the stories because they sounded like things Quayle might say.
Todd Akin will catch the blame for saying lots of stupid things in the future – whether he says them or not. If it’s stupid, it sounds like Akin. We will call them Akinisms.