When Rep. Todd Akin , the Missouri Republican authority on something he called "legitimate rape," he turned his senate race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill upside down and inside out. To the hysterical boos from the clubhouse of his terrified GOP brethren for his rock-headedness, he retreated to his cave to declare that he "misspoke."
Listen up: If I referred to my sister-in-law as Patricia instead of Mary, I misspoke in a senior moment.
If I innocently told a visitor to turn right and not left at the next traffic light, I misspoke.
If I told someone that palm trees couldn't possibly grow in Ireland, I misspoke.
But in Akin's case, he went and and on about the "legitimate rape" fantasy.
In a TV interview, the Republican nominee said it was rare for women who have been legitimately raped to get pregnant.
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," he said. 'If it's a legitimate rape the female body has ways to shut the whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."There was enough comment there to indicate he really believed what he was saying when he said it. He's the full Right-to-Life and Tea Party package, who didn't back off from their support of the six-term congressman.
I heard he was back on the Mike Huckabee show. Back in the Republican primary, Preacher Mike described Akin as a "courageous conservative" and "Bible-based Christian".
Meantime, I still haven't figured out the legitimacy of rape. Folks, take care. The swamp on the right is spreading.