Diana West

What else can we expect from the party that still lionizes Ted Kennedy, the late Massachusetts politician who notoriously left a young female campaign worker to drown in a sinking car rather than get help? Just as serial sexual improprieties perpetrated by Bill Clinton don't count in Democrat-land as "anti-woman," neither does Kennedy's unconscionable behavior at Chappaquiddick. Both men not only remained in office, they remain the Democrats' ideal.

A muddled, recanted remark about reproductive biology, however, puts a Republican one or two steps away from Hitler. He must be shunned by "decent" society, his whole career destroyed, the primary votes he won nullified, to expiate his "sin."

Worst of all is the Republican Party's unified acquiescence to this illogical, unjust and amoral equivalence. In fact, without the GOP's lockstep, take-me-to-your-leader obedience to the Democrats' rigged rules, the pitch of this controversy would have died down already. Without the Republicans' vigorous enforcement of the left's double standards, Akin would probably still be facing favorable odds of winning the Missouri Senate seat.

But no. Which is what deeply concerns me. Indulging ginned-up, hack hysterics is not the behavior of a leader or a winner. Worse, accommodating unjust attacks on a solid citizen in the name of practicality or the "greater good" is a very dangerous precedent, as totalitarian history tells us. That's why the GOP needs to rethink Missouri and make amends with Akin before "moving on." Otherwise, I fear that in its vital quest to prevent Barack Obama from winning a second term, it won't be moving anywhere.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).