August 20th, 2012
By Bifford Caulfied -- Just when you think there will never be another Republican as dumb as George W. Bush, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, Donald Trump, Herman Cain, or Rich Santorum -
- a new, even more ignorant and terminally "tone-deaf" Republican -- left over from the age of the dinosaurs -- rears his ugly head. Todd Akin, the conservative Missouri Republican Congressman turned U.S. Senate candidate in this years Senatorial election in that state said in a television interview this week that it is "really rare" for women to become pregnant when they are raped
Rep. Akin, who has said he opposes all abortions, said in the interview if a woman is raped, her body "has ways to shut that whole thing down."
Akin, a six-term congressman running against the state's current Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, was asked in an interview Sunday on St. Louis television station KTVI if there were any circumstances in which he would support a woman's decision to have an abortion.
Akin, who has said he's Missouri's most conservative congressman, indicated there may be an exception to his stance against abortion. But, when asked if he supported abortions for women who have been raped, Akin said: "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," Akin said of a rape victim's chances of becoming pregnant. Legitimate rape? What does a rape have to be to be a "legitimate" rape? And what do phony -- or pretend rapes -- look like?
He also said he would prefer that punishment for rape be focused on the rapist and not "attacking the child."
You have to have a little sympathy in your heart for Republicans in general -- and the citizens of the state of Missouri in particular. It must be awfully embarrassing to have to somehow try and pass this tactless ignoramus off to the rest of the country as one of your best and brightest that your state has to offer. Painful indeed!
So it is almost unavoidable that Spotlight On Democracy awards Todd Akin the "Ignoramus of the Week" Award for the week beginning August 12, and ending August 19, 2012. GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan came in second.