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The republican party is in widespread damage control mode. The inane comment by Rep. Akin last week points up the real problem with the GOP ethos and its privileged, white male-dominated philosophies.
Not only are the minorities and ethnic immigrants targets of the tea party elite-- women of every color are viewed as second class citizens who need a man to decide whether the rape they just suffered through was "legitimate" or not.
Akin said that in cases of “legitimate rape,” pregnancy is rare because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Not only was the comment offensive to women, but it was morally outrageous to suggest that in our universe "rape" can ever be legitimate.
And since Akin was talking about rape in the context of abortion, one can only surmise that he was saying a woman's body knows the difference between "legitimate" rape and "illegitimate" rape and will shut down to prevent conception when the rape is not "legitimate."
He makes Sarah Palin sound like a NASA rocket scientist. If he gets elected, the people of his state will get exactly what they deserve.
As Akin plows stubbornly ahead with his severely damaged campaign, the GOP is working to keep the infection from spreading. Mitt Romney quickly distanced himself from the man, if not his idiocy, saying "I can't defend his comments [and] I can't defend him."
They have told Mr. Akin that for the sake of the party, he ought to take one last look at his campaign and "shut that whole thing down."
The present attack on Obama is poured out of the very same well.
When Bill Clinton left office the Republicans were handed a nation that was thriving. We had full employment, and the economy was arguably in the best shape ever. Clinton handed over to the Republicans a budgetary surplus, and within 10 years they managed to turn it into a budgetary mess.
When Obama walked into the White House the economy was already crumbling. And despite the Republican campaign rhetoric to the contrary, the president has managed to stop the downward slide and even add a few jobs back.
This Republican train will derail the nation if it ends up in Washington, DC. It is up to the rest of the clear-thinking crowd to make sure that the uninformed, undecided and unaware among us are not tricked into believing that there is really that much difference between Akin and the rest of the GOP leadership. They have told us over and over that their ultimate destination is organizing the government around privileged people getting more privileges.
It's up to the rest of us to tell them that it's time for them to "shut that whole thing down."