“…if lack of verbal discretion was cause to be thrown out on your ear, both chambers of congress would be void of membership, and the White House would be uninhabited.”
Why is it that when an unapoligetic liberal makes a stupid comment, libs everywhere circle the wagons and defend their own? Yet, anytime a conservative makes an ill-advised statement, Republicans are tripping over themselves for the opportunity to tie the noose–even when the conservative is repentant. This has never made any sense to me. However, in the wake of the politically-motivated hysteria over ill-advised comments made by Sentate challenger Todd Akin (R-MO), it seems worthy of analysis.
If you have been hiding out in a cave for the past couple of days, this was the unforgivable response Rep. Akin gave in an August 19 interview with Charles Jaco on St. Louis’ Fox News 2:
“Okay, so if an abortion can be considered in the case of, say, tubal pregnancy or something like that, what about in the case of rape? Should it be legal or not?”
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.):
“Well, you know, uh, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, ‘Well, how do you – how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question.’
“It seems to me, 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 shut that whole thing down.
“But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know, I think there should be some punishment but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
OK. So Mr. Akin is definitely not a human biologist. Clearly, Mr. Akin’s response wasn’t the most judicious he could have given. In fact, given today’s political atmosphere, it was stupid. He should have known what a firestorm a comment like this would set off, and you would hope he might have exercised better judgment. But if lack of verbal discretion was cause to be thrown out on your ear, both chambers of congress would be void of membership, and the White House would be uninhabited.
Yet, the salivating lapdogs hadn’t even finished their biased news stories before the insecure GOP political pots lined up, eager to call the kettle black.
One of the most vocal (and most quoted) critics has been Scott Brown, who has adamantly called for Todd Akin to drop his bid for the US Senate. This is from the pro-choice junior Senator from Massachussetts who is struggling to put any distance between himself and notorious liar and native-American imposter, Elizabeth Warren. This is the same Scott Brown who, while campaigning for the Republican nomination for US Senate in 2008, subjected a group of high school sophomores to a profanity-laced tirade at an assembly he had requested, as reported by Cape Cod Today.
State Senator Scott Brown… had a “meltdown” in front of 80 King Philip’s High School students at a student assembly. Brown had asked to speak to the students because he felt he had been “abused” by student detractors from King’s Philip [sic] High School who made fun of him on their student run internet chatroom, “facebook.”
At the assembly in King Phillip’s High School auditorium, State Senator Brown called each student out, one by one, using curse words that every mother would be horrified to hear and would’ve covered their children’s ears if they were there. Above the protests of all the teachers who were aghast at the state Senator’s anti-social behavior and foul language, Brown refused to stop his child-like tirade calling each student out one by one in great pleasure.
Senator Brown, the moral authority that he is, issued the following statement regarding the comments made by Todd Akin:
“As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong,” Brown said. “There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri.”
Well, Senator Brown, Rep. Akin did apologize. But not because you told him to. And whether or not Todd Akin decides to resign the GOP nomination also has nothing to do with you.
On August 20, the day after the interview, the pro-life Rep. Akin issued a statement, which included the following:
“As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.
“I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.
Those are not the words of a man who doesn’t find rape reprehensible. Those are the words of a husband to a woman, the father to daughters, and the grandfather to granddaughters. He defines rapists as the lowest of the low. But let’s be real here. Whether his harshest critics will admit it or not, the reason he is being so demonized for a stupid comment is because he so vehemently opposes abortion.
Now let’s contrast Rep. Akin’s statement of regret and support for victims of sexual assault with the response of poor Senator Brown, when he was challenged about his disgusting high school outburst. The arrogant, unapologetic Brown stated, “If the kids can write it, the kids can hear it. “I felt really good about it. And now I find out I’m being portrayed as a vile-speaking hate-monger. It’s pretty saddening. I feel very badly that I’m being victimized here.”
Spoken with true humility, Senator Brown. Well done. As one who feels victimized by his critics, you would think the Senator might avoid piling on when the same thing is happening to a colleague. Yet, Senator Brown sees an opportunity to make political points at someone else’s expense, and he’s not about to pass that up.
In this age where there seems to be zero tolerance for political incorrectness regarding ‘women’s issues,’ why are we so forgiving of other, more damaging comments. If we’re calling for Todd Akin to resign his candidacy for showing his ignorance about the biology of rape, what should our response be to a President who is caught on camera plotting with our ideological enemies to sell out America…if they’ll only wait until after his re-election?
Should Todd Akin resign his candidacy? Maybe he should. That’s not for me to decide. However, I’d much rather support a biology-deficient, verbally-awkward Senator who values life than an arrogant defender of the practice of killing the unborn. And to Senator Brown, I would say…let he who is without sin cast the first stone. In other words…shut up!
As I was looking online for the transcript of the Akin interview, I found an excerpt from Dana Loesch, the conservative talk show host and CNN contributor. Hear what she had to say about this here.