Ok, so when we’re talking about Todd Akin’s disgusting comments that frankly, go beyond rape-apology, everything is wrong. But there’s something about the reaction to his comments that’s also disturbing me.
Huffington Post did this great little slide show about (mostly) GOP reactions to his statement. At first glance it’s great. Lots of his fellow republicans publicly denouncing him. But if you look closely, you’ll see that something is amiss in their priorities.
The best example is probably the statement by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. If that name sounds familiar, it should. He garnered similar media attention for agreeing to pass a law that mandated that women seeking abortion must first be raped by a physician or technician with an ultrasound wand, although the law was amended to require only non-consensual abdominal probing, not vaginal probing, before it arrived on his desk.
He’s got to seriously decide what’s in the best interest of the party, what’s in the best interest of the state of Missouri, and frankly, at this point, given that flat wrong statement…
… are you expecting an end to that sentence that would denote some, even very small, amount of consideration for the rape victims who have been traumatized by Mr Akin’s comments? Well don’t.
The grande finale on McDonnell’s list of priorities is this:
…whether he can win
He continues with this (emphasis mine):
To say things that seemed to be so flat wrong and out of touch with both science and the people, I think it makes it very difficult at this point for him to win.
and this (emphasis still mine):
But on the surface, these statements are so bad and so inflammatory and so inaccurate when it comes to science that it certainly calls into question his ability to win.
So to recap here, they’re upset that he’s probably going to lose.
There was no mention in there of Akin’s comments being offensive, immoral, atrocious or pernicious. Inflammatory, yes, but that has more to do with the undesirable backlash than the substance of his words. No, as far as his philosophy goes, the reprimand they’re giving him is for being ‘inaccurate when it comes to science.’
Guess what, saying that a tomato is a vegetable instead of a fruit is also ‘inaccurate when it comes to science’, but it’s not exactly the same fucking thing as saying that an imaginary intrauterine spermicidal forcefield determines the ‘legitimacy’ of a rape now is it?
And that seems to be a common theme with these Republican ‘denouncers’. Why? Because they don’t actually disagree with him. As a matter of fact their national convention voted just days after those comments to make the crux of his beliefs their official party policy. Maybe some of them got out of home school long enough to know there’s no Yoda in my womb waiting to light-saber the first rape-begotten embryo he sees, but they (almost) all firmly believe there’s a ‘legitimate’ kind of rape and an ‘illegitimate’ kind. And they all firmly believe the victims of that rape should have no control over their bodies or lives after it takes place, just as they had no control over their bodies as it was being brutalized.
So let’s see these comments for what they are – nothing more than disappointment over a lost campaign – and realize that this Akin guy is in no way an outlier. He is the real deal: the legitimate GOP.