Skip to comments.The Akin Panic
Posted on 08/24/2012 2:33:43 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll
Whittaker Chambers said that "the great failing of American conservatives is they do not retrieve their wounded."
He had it right, as Todd Akin can testify.
In an interview that aired last Sunday, Akin, the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, was asked whether he opposed abortions for women who had been raped. Akin's reply:
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. ... If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down ... .
"But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."
As no rape is "legitimate," this was a colossal gaffe.
Yet anyone reading his statement knows what Akin meant. He was saying that in an actual rape from what doctors have told him the likelihood of pregnancy is rare. But if a pregnancy did occur, the punishment should be imposed on the rapist not the unborn child.
This was the moral position of those extremists John Paul II and Ronald Reagan. Of more interest, then, was the Republican reaction.
Howls for Akin to get out of the race came from pundits, talk show hosts, members of the Senate and the GOP's monied elite that is raising hundreds of millions in hope of a sweep of both houses of Congress and the White House in November. Akin is henceforth not to get a dime.
Even Paul Ryan, whose position on abortion appears identical to that of Akin, called and urged him to drop out.
Who came to Akin's defense? The Family Research Council. As President Nixon once told me, "Count your friends when you're down."
What does this hysteria over one egregious gaffe reveal?
A deep-seated fear, a gnawing anxiety among Republicans that the positions they have held and hold on social and moral issues, and even on economics and foreign policy, no longer command the support of a majority of their countrymen.
Consider. While the three amigos John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham are all for intervention in Syria, the Republican Party has fallen largely silent.
Where are the Republican and neocon hawks of yesteryear now that Barack Obama is pulling out of Afghanistan, when the expected result of a U.S. withdrawal is a Taliban takeover and massacre of many of those Afghans foolish enough to have cast their lot with the Americans?
Any Republicans demanding we stay the course in Afghanistan?
Rather than hearing the old paeans to free trade we used to get from Bush I and II, Republicans now talk about getting tough with China and fighting the "unfair" trade practices of foreign regimes.
Milton Friedman, whose writings Republicans once read as gospel, said we should throw America's markets open to the world, no matter the protectionist policies of others, because cheaper imports benefit all of America's consumers.
No Republican talks like that anymore. Yet none seems to have a solution to these endless trade deficits debilitating our economy other than to ignore them or accuse the Chinese of "currency manipulation."
With homosexual marriage gaining converts among the young, the party of the Moral Majority declines to stand with Chick-fil-A.
On right-to-life, see the Republicans flee from Todd Akin, who committed a gaffe while restating his support for what has been a plank of the Republican platform since 1980.
Bewailing deficits, Republicans demand a balanced budget. And the Ryan budget does that in 28 years.
Why so long? Because real budget cuts entail real pain.
Where is Mitt Romney going to slash a budget that consumes a fourth of the U.S. economy?
Not defense. Mitt promises to increase that. He cannot cut interest on the debt, which must rise as interest rates climb from today's near-zero levels. He says he will not cut Medicare.
Is he going to cut Social Security? How about taking an ax to Medicaid, food stamps, student loans, school lunches, Head Start, aid to education, Pell Grants, EPA, the FBI and the earned income tax credit?
What the reactions to Akin's gaffe and the congressional skinny-dipper in the Sea of Galilee expose is a fear in the soul of the GOP that history is passing it by and the end may be near.
For decades, the GOP has been the party that cuts marginal tax rates, opposes abortion, defends traditional marriage, sends troops to fight for our values abroad and slashes government spending.
Today's GOP establishment is queasy even talking about social issues and recognizes that the new America has had it with the Afghanistans and Iraqs, wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent and contains scores of millions who will punish any politician who threatens their benefits.
The GOP's insoluble problem is that the multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual country they created with their open borders appears not to like the brand of dog food the party sells.
Beating up on Todd Akin is not going to change that.
Oh boy, now it’s time to attack Buchanan instead of reading the article.
What Pat said.
Wow...Pat nails it
The over-reaction to the Akin comments from the Liberal wing of the GOP have been incessant. You think the Dem. Underground had a GOP branch.
Of course, the PhonyCon Pro-Aborts should be on here attacking Buchanan in 3...2...1...
Good news Pat sayin’ and Akin stayin’
I guess we have some conservatives who, if they had been captain instead of John Paul Jones, wouldn’t have said “I have not yet begun to fight”, but would’ve peed their pants and run up a white flag. Maybe they could wave coulter’s underwear.
Thank you Patrick. it is about time someone brought this into focus.
I don’t always agree with with Pat - but he nailed this one.
IMO - any “principled-purists” calling for Akin to step down have shown themselves to be neither.
” The GOP’s insoluble problem is that the multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual country they created with their open borders appears not to like the brand of dog food the party sells.
Beating up on Todd Akin is not going to change that.”
Were I a Missourian, I'd vote for Akin as opposed to McCaskill. But I wouldn't confuse Todd Akin with John Paul Jones. More like a George Armstrong Custer...
“Maybe they could wave coulters underwear.”
They would have to get it from Mitt...he controls Ann’s underwear. She is a future “Sister Wife” for the Magic Mormon.
.....IMO - any principled-purists calling for Akin to step down have shown themselves to be neither....
Exactly. well Stated. Thank You
IIRC Buchanan has been an enemy of the Neocons who got us unto Iraq and Afghanistan and now he’s bemoaning the GOP’s lack of testicles for not speaking up for further interventionist policies? Oh, the irony.
By “Liberal wing” I suppose you mean anyone who disagrees with you.
But if a Republican is caught littering, there is hell to pay.
So Republicans have to be more careful, more finessed. Until schools of journalism become more balanced, a Republican who yells “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” is simply going to get torpedoed.
Write it backwards. What ending do you want? Start with that and pursue a logical progression thatt leads to it.
Pat, you hit the target ...
Crap. Wrong thread!
Hopefully, unlike Custer, this one mistake by Akin is a footnote - rather than the definition - of an otherwise exemplary life & career.
I was just about to try once again to find that quote.. I had it wrong with something more like "kill their own."
I believe that Chambers predicted that the commies would win based upon what he experienced and witnessed.
Now all of a sudden it seems we have a playbook. All our hacks are aboard on attacking Akin, including Rush, Coulter,and Malkin. Who would have thunk it.
Rush is not as independent as he claims.
My heroes of the week are the Huckster, Shaftly and Buchanan.
Obviously Buchanan has not swallowed the Republican koolaid with the favorable comparison with the Pope and Reagan.
Not a bad analogy.....Custer was defeated, which brought I believe Nelson Miles into the fight. The Indians called Miles something like “The Punisher”, and the Indians never came back. If Akin loses, but it causes the conservatives to bring on a “Nelson Miles” who wipes out the Democrats, then bring it on!
It would be great to collect a list of campaign season liberal outrages against republican candidates.
Here in Michigan the liberals have their panties in a wad over the fact that Pete Hoekstra said he would like to see the 17th amendment overturned. (I agree)
Kerry Bentivolio is being accused of abusing students when he taught high school.
Bad analogy. Akin is not a wounded comrade. He’s a lame horse and the right thing to do with a lame horse is to put him down. The GOP/Conservative attacks on Akin are not coming from people who are against the pro-life movement, against fundamentalist Christians or against the Tea Party. They are coming from people who are against stupid. Any MO Republican , no matter how stridently pro-life, right wing or Christian will beat McCaskill unless he is Todd Akin.
Should I see a doctor? Or an exorcist?
By Liberal wing I suppose you mean anyone who disagrees with you.
No. Anyone who is not a conservative and not supporting conservative candidates
You would throw under the rug the man who said “trees cause more pollution than factories”.....
Who would've thought that anyone could mention Akin and Milton Friedman in the same column? (While misrepresenting Friedman at the same time).
Thanks, Pat. Morons like you don't come along vwery often.
Yep, this would have blown over.
Were I a Missourian, I’d vote for Akin as opposed to McCaskill. But I wouldn’t confuse Todd Akin with John Paul Jones. More like a George Armstrong Custer...
Akin made one mistake....GA Custer was a complete and total buffoon. Akin is more like Jones, by far
Are you kidding me? Don’t make me long for the days when True Conservatives(tm) whined about Bush not responding to his critics.
“Yet anyone reading his statement knows what Akin meant. He was saying that in an actual rape from what doctors have told him the likelihood of pregnancy is rare.”
I thought he meant that, in a “legitimate” rape, pregnancy is rare because the body magically determines whether a woman has consented in a sexual encounter and shuts down her monthly cycle down when it knows that the woman has been violated.
But that would have been stupid psuedo-scientific garbage, not something PAT BUCHANAN would ever make apologies for, so obviously I got it wrong.
Pat misses the point.
This is not about Akin’s position on abortion. Had Akin simply restated his position without implying victims of rape can magically stop getting pregnant, we’d be talking about Missouri being a pickup and not a loss for our side.
This is not about Akin’s position but his comments relating to rape, which were idiotic and are 10X more damaging than the ‘macaca’ comment that hurt Allen in 2006. Pat would have been on-target to compare with Allen, and Sharron Angle, and Christine ODonnell, and not that WORDS HAVE IMPACT and gaffe-prone GOP politicians hurt themselves and others.
he calls it “hysteria over one egregious gaffe” ... there is no hysteria. There is the simple logical consequence that unfortunately for Republicans, unlike Democrats, foot-in-mouth disease is fatal. Akin’s comment was so ignorant and insensitive, he is now at a point where he is going to certainly lose to Claire McCaskill.
It’s not hysteria buy cold-blooded calculation that the best thing is to get Akin out of there. He’s like a quarterback who is throwing interceptions. ... for the sake of the team, bench him and get a better player.
McCaskill knows this too so she is begging to have him stay. Akin granted her wish and the Democrats are thrilled.
Great article! Full of good common sense from a true independent conservative analyst who isn’t a sycophantic Republican party hack like Romney and his merry marching band of RINObots.
Who would’ve thought that anyone could mention Akin and Milton Friedman in the same column? (While misrepresenting Friedman at the same time).
Although Pat was correct in his analysis of the whole Akin whine-fest...I did notice he mentioned Friedman as an unabashed supporter of free trade...when Friedman actually opposed NAFTA (he told Dick Armey back in 1992 “what you have here (with NAFTA) is ‘managed trade’”).
Friedman opposed NAFTA? Got a link?
Get on the web sites of Mike Gallagher and Steve Deace. They're also backing Akin on their radio shows.
Check this out. What does it indicate about the pathology of Pat Buchanan that he can mention the trade deficit and Akin in the same piece?
No, he meant that, as he understood it from doctors, the stress of a forcible rape makes a conception less likely to occur than in a consensual encounter. Could be wrong, but it's a reasonable and plausible theory.
It’s Friday. I’ve dealt with enough stupidity this week. Don’t make me read PJB. Let me at least drink a 6 pack first.
“They are coming from people who are against stupid.”
Exactly! People need to quit talking about this like its about the abortion position - that only helps the pro-aborts, since it ties in ignorant rape comments with the pro-life position. The two are only related because of the context of Akin’s comments, but his medically ignorant statement and not his position is why he’s been challenged.
“Any MO Republican , no matter how stridently pro-life, right wing or Christian will beat McCaskill unless he is Todd Akin.”
Pat misses the point. Todd Akin is dumber than a box of rocks. He is an idiot. That is not a difficult concept to grasp. He is nuts.
If Todd climbed on top of the Jefferson Memorial, the big Arch, and screamed at the top of his lungs, “After talking with astronomers I have concluded the moon is made out of Swiss cheese,” you would have said the man is an idiot. And you would be correct.
Now Todd did not say anything about the moon. What he did say is even dumber. He said when a woman is being legitimately raped her body is incapable of being impregnated. That is really dumb. That is why he is going to be soundly defeated and humiliated. It is that simple. He is a legitimate idiot and legitimate idiots lose elections.
I’m way ahead of you. I was thinking of going downstairs and playing with the new gun, anyway.
Not so. Allen's comments sounded racist, which is absolute poison to one's popularity in this culture. And the GOP would not have had this reaction if Akin mentioned his rape theory in the context of tax cuts or something like that. The hammer is coming down on him because the RINOs are terrified of the abortion issue.
There is the simple logical consequence that unfortunately for Republicans, unlike Democrats, foot-in-mouth disease is fatal.
Coward. The media does not decide what elections we win or lose. Your problem is you watch too much media. They like to claim they decide elections, but they don't. They're determined by much bigger issues than that.
The treatment of Akin is a symptom for a deeper sickness that infests the GOP, the most notable characteristic of which is craven cowardliness. They scurry from sight at any whiff of controversy because they are more worried about protecting what they have than advancing the needs of the nation.
As Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day proved, heartland Americans are not interested in throwing in the towel on social questions, and abortion is one question that is in serious need of further scrutiny.
Akin may have gaffed and garbled his way through that portion of the interview, but as Pat says in this article, it’s completely clear what he was trying to say.
The rot is in the head and the heart of the GOP. The Tea Party needs to double down, elect MORE Representatives and Senators, and squeeze the ossified trembling country club geezers out of their chairs and into retirement.
No, he did not say that. And you must be just shy of being mentally retarded to believe he said that after all the coverage including Pat's quote in this very article about what Akin actually said.
It’s very wrong and ignorant of Akin to say what he said, and what he ‘meant’ was bad enough, but what he said implies that rape victims who get pregnant might be lying about their rape - hence outrage.
Donate to Akin’s campaign if you really support him.
I already have, thank you very much.
You are in complete denial, just like Todd. Todd is going to be soundly defeated and humiliated. He is an idiot and incapable of realizing how he has damaged his own candidacy, the conservative movement and the pro-life position. It will take years to recover from this idiot.