Rich Galen
It's time for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to get their arms around the Republican Members of the House and give - at least some of them - a Leroy Jethro Gibbs slap to the back of the head.

Yesterday was a day that should have featured the Obamas answering questions about the charges of crankiness, stubbornness, and general dysfunction among the White House and Chicago campaign staffs.

We'll come back to that later.

Instead it was all about Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) who was asked during a TV interview whether he thought abortion was justified in cases of rape.

Akin responded thus:

"It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."

That statement is so wrong on so many levels that you have to wonder whether (a) Akin slept through junior high health class, and (b) what the hell's an illegitimate rape?"

Akin is running for U.S. Senate against the weakest Democrat incumbent in the land, Missouri's U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.

In just 18 words, Todd "The Geneticist" Akin took a race in which he was favored and, maybe, handed control of the Senate back to the Democrats next January.

It didn't take long for everyone from Mitt Romney, who said Akin's comments were "insulting, inexcusable and, frankly, wrong;" to the Chairman of the GOP Senate campaign Committee, John Cornyn (R-Tx) who said Akin's words were "wrong, offensive, and indefensible;" and called on Akin to "rethink his candidacy."

That would have been more than enough to wreck the day, but noooooo. had reported Sunday night that Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) had gone skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee last summer while he and as many as 29 of his colleagues were on a fact-finding tour of Israel.

According to the report the CODEL (Congressional Delegation) was on a trip sponsored by a group affiliated with the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) to visit holy sites in Israel "while their Israeli government hosts drive home the huge importance of U.S. support of Israel.

I am a fan of Israel and of AIPAC. I am not a fan of a bunch of Members of Congress, their spouses, their children, and senior staffers acting like a bunch of fraternity boys and sorority girls having a kegger during rush week while on a trip overseas.

In one of the least surprising sentences of this, or any other election year, Politico reporters Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan wrote that "several" of those present

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at
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