Well, here we go again. Another politician speaks up and sticks his foot in his mouth. No, it wasn’t Joe Biden, nor was it George W. Bush. Who was it? Todd Akin (William Todd Akin), who is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 2001, and as you already know, a member of the Republican Party.
Now, I want to put a few thoughts out there real quick. For starters, it is unquestionable that Mr. Akin absolutely misspoke. He’s 65 years old, and he ought to know better than to speak about something that was neither a topic of discussion nor a core or elective curriculum course at neither of his alma maters: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, or Covenant Theological Seminary.
What is in question is why is this getting SO MUCH media attention. When the Vice President of the United States of America, a man who is literally a heart beat away from being the leader of the free world, said “they goin’ to put y’alll back in chains” last week during a Virgina rally of hundreds of African Americans, there was almost no hipe. In fact, much of the Vice President’s tenure has been littered with comments that would normally cause the “gaffe police” in most media outlets to come running – but they don’t when it’s the VP.
Taken one step further, whenever a non-republican has said or done something crass, stupid, immoral, and in some cases, illegal, they are almost NEVER asked to step down. When it is a Republican, it almost always ends up in a standing/stepping down or resignation. Case in point – famously or infamously, Nixon screwed up and resigned before he was impeached. The media demanded it. On the other hand, Clinton screwed around, lied about it – a SITTING PRESIDENT – and he was impeached, but did not resign, and the media did not call for his resignation.
Is there a double standard? Mr. Akin has apologized profusely for his poor choice of words, however, this is NOT good enough. Even some in his own party, hoping to avert the perceived fallout, has begun to call for him to step down. That’s a nice day’s worth of work for the President, especially when he can get the opposing party to do his work for him.
I don’t believe Mr. Akin really meant to denigrate women – he’s guilty of citing information that is (a) unpopular, and (b) not easily quotable without causing a stir. In fact, some of the things that Mr. Akin said in a clumsy way are actually true – for example, pregnancies due to forcible rape are extremely rare. This is a statistical and scientific fact. You wouldn’t know it from listening to media reports, though, because they’re not interested in “discovering” those kinds of facts now are they.
Ok, so let’s take a look at it from the perspective of women, who are the only truly offended party here. What do women really have to say about it? I’d like to know. I’d also like to know if anyone has done any research on Mr. Akin’s comments at all. If you have, then please answer the poll below – but please don’t if you haven’t. I would really like your opinions to be fair and based on your own leg work. We’re Americans; let’s not be lazy about the search for truth, Ok?
Great! Here’s the poll:
Thank you for reading – Ed Martinez, Regular Guy.