I’m not normally one for conspiracy theories, but at some point you have to think there’s some hidden reason why Todd Akin won’t stop talking about rape.
After winning an upset victory in the Missouri Republican primary, Akin was asked about abortion in the case of rape. “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” he said in August 2012. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” The candidate apologized and ultimately lost to incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
But in his new book, “Firing Back” — a publishing decision that is greatly upsetting Republicans who are trying, ahead of the November midterm elections, to combat accusations from Democrats of a war on women — Akin said he retracts his apology and blamed others for twisting his words.
Akin showed no discomfort speaking about the subject of rape on Thursday, even mentioning that some members of his staff were “conceived in rape.”
The former congressman, who spent 12 years in Congress, stayed on the attack on Thursday, calling out those from both parties. When Todd asked why Akin would come back just before the November midterms, a move that might hurt his party, he slammed the party’s establishment for trying to weed out conservative challengers.
Yeah, Todd, look, I don’t like Karl Rove either, but frankly at this point you’re lucky the entire GOP establishment doesn’t toss you in a locked chest and set you adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You’re like Columbo at this point, except your catchphrase is “Just one more thing…about rape.” Try taking some advice from these guys: