Farah Tries to Revive Todd Akin

Joseph Farah makes a valiant but highly dishonest attempt to resurrect the reputation of Todd Akin, who famously flamed out in a Senate race he would likely have won if he hadn’t made a staggeringly stupid and offensive statement about rape.

They say Claire McCaskill won her U.S. Senate seat in Missouri because her Republican opponent, Todd Akin, self-destructed in a local TV interview, exposing himself as some kind of anti-woman defender of rape.

That’s the perception many Americans have of what happened in that race, thanks to the media sensationalism and distortion, the piling on by Democrats nationwide and the willing capitulation of GOP party bosses like Karl Rove.

But how many Americans have actually bothered to view the actual interview and, particularly, the relevant minute or two in context?

I must admit, even I didn’t do that until very recently. It turns out, the anti-Akin hysteria was a completely manufactured smear. The veteran interviewer surely didn’t see a controversy in Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment – moving on to another line of questioning as soon as the congressman completed his answer.

It was the phrase “legitimate rape” that captured the attention of his opponents and the media. Why? I suppose some would like to pretend that all rape allegations are legitimate. Of course, that kind of thinking can lead to some great injustices, as we saw in the Duke lacrosse team witch hunt. Of even more significance, given the Akin controversy had to do with his explanation of why aborting an innocent unborn baby is not an appropriate response to rape, Norma McCorvey, the “Roe” in the famous Roe v. Wade case that resulted in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down laws restricting abortion across the U.S., had claimed she was raped. Only later did she admit that was a completely contrived claim.

So there are rape claims that are not legitimate. That was Akin’s only point.

Uh, no. It wasn’t. Notice that Farah, while claiming that he finally listened to the whole thing and found it to be a fake controversy, doesn’t actually quote what Akin said. It wasn’t just the phrase “legitimate rape” that was the problem.

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.

He was talking about women getting pregnant as a result of rape. The problem is not just the phrase “legitimate rape,” nor does it have anything to do with there being false rape accusations. No one believes that false rape accusations never occur. The problem is with this idiotic claim that the female body can “shut down” and prevent pregnancy when being raped — and therefore if a woman does get pregnant from being raped, it must not be a “legitimate” rape. And he uses that bit of virulent ignorance to justify his position that if a woman is raped and gets pregnant, she should be forced to deliver her rapist’s baby (and in many states, the rapist would then have parental rights). That’s the problem. That’s why he was so widely ridiculed.

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  • colnago80

    Farah is a lying fascist ratfucker. In other news, water is wet.

  • Doug Little

    Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep

    The sound of Akin’s political career still flat lining regardless how much Farah tries to hit it with adrenaline shots and electric shocks.

  • dingojack

    “…hits it with adrenaline shots and electric shocks”.

    Or as Farah calls it — a night out. [drumfill]

    :) Dingo

  • busterggi

    “That’s the perception many Americans have of what happened in that race, thanks to the media sensationalism and distortion, the piling on by Democrats nationwide and the willing capitulation of GOP party bosses like Karl Rove.”

    I think the actual words said may have had something to do with it but that would mean taking personal responsibility on Akins part and that’s anti-Repbu.

  • naturalcynic

    Maybe Akin was thinking that female humans are like female ducks. They can selectively reject the penetration of an unwanted rape by a drake. And it does look kinda like rape when ducks copulate.

  • grumpyoldfart

    No matter how many people try to console him, Todd Akin always knows it was his own fault. He is going to die wondering what might have been.

  • marcus

    grumpyoldfart @ 6 “He is going to die wondering what might have been.

    *Sniff* Now that statement just warms the cockles of my deviant little heart. Thanks.

  • schweinhundt

    “The veteran interviewer surely didn’t see a controversy”–except that he kinda did. “I fucked up” is how the reporter critiqued his reaction.

    http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/back_story_the_reporter_who_in.php?page=all

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Joseph Farah makes a valiant but highly dishonest attempt to resurrect the XXXXX of Todd Akin”

    I like that lots better and I’m busily writing a press release involving meth, motels and hairy ass cracks.