Akin: My Stupid Statement Was Part of ‘Spiritual Warfare’

Todd Akin is still on a tour promoting his new book and he’s still saying really, really dumb things in interviews. Now he says that his inane statement about women’s bodies having the ability to “shut down” to prevent pregnancy during rape was all part of the “intense war” on evil he was fighting.

After the whole thing blew up and it took maybe a week or two and it was just amazing. It wasn’t just national, it was international news, because people were saying I said something most of the time that I didn’t even say and assigning me motives that I didn’t have. What did I feel like? It’s going to be sort of an odd analogy but I’ll share it with you. I felt sort of peaceful, as though I was in a parachute. I sort of felt that on each side of me were these towering cumulus clouds. On the one side lightning and thunder of evil and the other side brilliant light of good and I sort of felt like I was literally on the front lines and that evil and good were going at each other all around me and I’m thinking, ‘how did I get here so fast? If you want a mental picture, sometimes you just have to sort of think of a bizarre picture but that’s what it felt like. I felt a sense of peace like I was protected but it seemed like there was this intense war between good and evil, which in a way didn’t surprise me because I always felt like I want to be on the side of selling good ideas.

Yes of course, you were fighting on the side of good against evil. So how do you explain your fake “apology” for that statement in a desperate attempt to revive your flagging campaign? Were you on the side of good against evil when you repudiated the very statement you now claim was a powerful force against the forces of Satan? Sounds like lying for Jesus to me.


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  • Joey Maloney

    The fuck does that even mean? Serious question. Is there someone that speaks dimwit in the audience?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Spiritual warfare?

    I like the spirits, well, I’m actually more of a beer person – but anyhow.

    The warfare? Not-so-much.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Also Todd Akin? Douchebag. Total douchecanoe. Plus an irrelevant has-been and embarrassment to, well, pretty much everyone incl, Humanity generally.

  • scienceavenger

    Palin/Akin 2016!

  • John Pieret

    there was this intense war between good and evil, which in a way didn’t surprise me because I always felt like I want to be on the side of selling good ideas.

    Yeah, like women should only get abortions for “legitimate” rape and, of course, if they were “legitimately” raped, they wouldn’t be pregnant anyway. “Good ideas,” you keep using that phrase …

  • Good vs evil my ass. Nobody ever thinks of themselves as evil nitwit.

  • Yup StevoR “‘Spiritual Warfare’” must be fighting while drunk.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    “Spiritual warfare? More like spiritual Dunning-Kruger.

  • raven

    If there is any spiritual warfare, Akin was/is on the Dark Side.

  • Chaos Engineer

    I think he’s trying to explain his role in the Universe. There’s this vast existential war going on between the forces of Good and Evil, and he’s powerless to intervene. He’s just dangling from a parachute, with no ability to influence the storms, or even to control the direction the storms push him.

    If he weren’t allowed to use metaphors, I think he’d be saying something like this: “One day this guy told me that I looked good on camera, and he and his friends would pay me money to read the speeches they gave me and vote the way they told me to. Only I lost one of the index cards they gave me to use during an interview, so I filled in some time by explaining that women can only get pregnant through consensual sex, and any pregnant woman who claims she was raped is lying. Everybody got upset. I don’t know why, I say that all the time around the dinner table at home and nobody ever gets upset. Now those guys won’t give me money anymore, but I’ve got a new friend who wrote a book for me and he’s paying me to help him sell it.”

  • dugglebogey

    Is this a business model now?

    Make a public spectacle about some whacked out, fucked up belief of yours. Then find all the people who believe the same or are stupid enough to be convinced of it and then separate them from their money as efficiently as possible?

    What a world.

  • dugglebogey

    After all, he did say he was “selling” his ideas, not giving them away….

  • Todd Akin is still on a tour promoting his new book…

    It comes with crayons and everything!

  • suttkus

    When he says he always wanted to be selling good ideas, I can only assume that he means selling them into slavery where they can be beaten to death. He certainly hasn’t been handing good ideas out free in his speeches, they seem devoid of good ideas entirely.

  • gshelley

    So does he think he was correct and women can shut down the pregnancy if the “weren’t really raped”? Or was what he was saying true on a different level than that of the facts?

  • Akira MacKenzie

    suttkus @ 14

    I’m sure he’s speaking of the beloved “Marketplace of Ideas” where everyone is free to put out whatever half-baked bullshit to compete with with reality. Reality always loses because facts and hard and bullshit is so much easier for the soft brains of the populace to accept and, unlike actual markets, government regulation of ideas for safety and efficacy are forbidden by a few words scribbled on a two-hundred-year-old sheet of paper.

  • busterggi

    The spirit is willing but also stupid.

  • abb3w

    There looks to be over a dozen phatic trigger phrases in that garbage.

  • My local NPR channel (St. Louis, 90.7) interviews Akin the other night. Among his portrayals:

    1) He never meant that women could not get pregnant when being raped, only that the act of rape causes an increase in stress hormones, which makes fertilization less likely. He has always known that raped women can become pregnant, it was just a poor word choice.

    2) His statement was just a preliminary point in an answer to a different question, whether there should be abortions allowed for rape victims (he is opposed, of course). Taking it out of context was an unfair act from a media out to get him.

    3) His apology was a politically motivated decision, but one that he personally disagreed with.

    4) He has since retracted that apology.